Crashdiet - Savage Playground
Named as one of the leaders of Swedish glam rock, Crashdiet return with their fourth studio album, one they claim is their best yet. In the build up to the release the group stated that they wanted to reflect their edgier live performance on record as well as finding new ways to express themselves; have they pulled it off?
The album begins with a dramatic speech leading into sparky, off beat rhythms and pounding drums; an enticing introduction. Whilst the opening track demands your attention, followed by brilliant first single Cocaine Cowboys; The Savage Playground somewhat fades into background music with a couple of tracks reaching out to try capture your full concentration once again, such as the seductive whispering of Snakes In Paradise. Cocaine Cowboys divided the incredibly loyal Crashdiet fanbase, however, it’s bluesy slide guitar and huge chorus cement it’s position as an album highlight. The cracks start showing in Calfornia; whilst showcasing some delightful vocal harmonies, the track seems to lose it’s way with no real focus or direction. Simon Cruz’s dynamic vocal deliveries are a shining positive; from his snarly performance in Lickin’ Dog to the short and snappy Circus, it’s great to hear a handful of diverse vocal approaches within one album. Sin City features an anthemic chorus and sounds like it could belong on previous record Generation Wild, a classic sleaze track complete with fist pumping chorus.
Whilst The Savage Playground may not have quite reached expectations, there are some cracking tracks hidden within, you just have to skip through the rest to find them.
Songs I’d Recommend: Cocaine Cowboys, Sin City, Circus.
After a quiet, and bitterly cold January, Winter gig season is rolling back into town with some great names hitting the UK this month. Here’s our recommendations…
Finishing up the Apocalyptic Love tour, Slash & co return to our shores for just 2 more dates in Nottingham and Blackpool. Always guaranteed a brilliant night with a great variety of Slash’s back catalogue getting an airing, it’s not a show you want to miss!
Tickets are still available for Nottingham here.
After wetting the UK’s appetite last October with a couple of shows, Tremonti is back for a handful of dates across the country in support of his debut album. It promises a night of pounding heavy metal and killer riffs.
Dates and tickets can be found here.
Having just released their debut album and confirmed US dates for later this year, the future shines brightly for Macclesfield trio The Virginmarys. Harnessing that rock n roll spirit and producing gritty, irresistible music, we highly recommend you join their party!
See what the fuss is about for yourself and get your tickets here.
After successfully reaching their target on Pledge Music, The Union are out on their first headlining in tour in a year. Bringing their catchy, blues infused rock to a host of UK cities, they also have up and coming rockers BlackWolf in support.
Get tickets to a show near you here.
With their new album receiving rave reviews, Deftones are back to shake the UK’s foundations this month.
Get involved and get your tickets here.
Introducing…Never Ending Reason
What springs to mind when you think of pop punk? Punchy riffs, pounding drums and high energy vocal lines? Well 15 year trio Never Ending Reason from Otley in Yorkshire tick all the right boxes!
With a mixture of classic and punk rock influences, Never Ending Reason have identified their audience and produced energetic, catchy tracks which you can’t help but tap along to. Runaway features ferocious riffs covered by a smooth vocal from Louis Tucker; very similar to Blink 182. The edgy guitar rhythms of Figures is reminiscent to early Green Day with a delicate melody weaving in and out of the crashing drums. Displaying their mellow side, Hold On is heartfelt and shows the groups potential.
For such a young band, their sound is well developed and highlights their promise for the future.
Thin Lizzy - Leeds Academy, 16.12.12
After making the executive decision to not release a new album under the Thin Lizzy name, the group then decided to make their recent run of European dates their last as to not see the Thin Lizzy status wither and die. A brave choice and one that many agreed with, so did they go out with a bang? We headed to Leeds to find out.
First up were Jettblack, currently without lead singer Will Stapleton who is touring with War Of The Worlds, Jon Dow once again took up the frontman duties. They ripped through a 45 minute set with vigour, unleashing their tasty riffs and catchy chorus’ on a very receptive crowd; a great start to the night.
As 9pm approached, the atmosphere was filled with anticipation and chants of ‘Lizzy’ began to build. One by one, the band take to the stage and burst into Are You Ready. Their enthusiasm and love for the music they’re playing shines in their performance and is soaked up by the crowd. Heading straight into Jailbreak, the room echoes with the audience singing back, particularly the memorable riff and of course the chorus. Tonight really is a celebration of how great Lizzy were and it is reflected in the setlist, with Killer On The Loose, Waiting For An Alibi, and the huge Whisky In The Jar all getting their time in the spotlight. Ricky Warwick really does a great job of handling the vocal duties. His voice is strong, charismatic and even manages to capture the essence of Phil Lynott without attempting to emulate him. Ending on The Boys Are Back In Town, audience participation is encouraged and met with great enthusiasm. Endless cheering and chanting ensue for the encore in which the band pay tribute to the legendary Phil Lynott and the late, great Gary Moore as well as adoration for their fans. Roisin Dubh (Black Rose) brings the end of an excellent evening of celebration and appreciation.
Whilst it brings the Thin Lizzy era to a close once again, tonight feels like a perfect way to pay tribute to the brilliant band they were.
Photo’s courtesy of Ed Fielding.
Little Angels - Leeds Academy, 11.12.12
After a mighty return at this years Download Festival, Little Angels decided they couldn’t just leave it at that one performance, and to the delight of their fans announced a UK tour, 18 years since their final show. Was it worth the wait?
Up first are Chrome Molly, these two bands go way back having both toured together before. It was the groups first tour in a handful of years and it started to show a little, particularly in Steve Hawkins vocals. Nevertheless, their catchy riffs and chorus’ were a great opener. Next are Skin, whose first tour was in support of the Little Angels in 1993. Neville MacDonald’s powerful voice is in fine form and he makes a valiant effort to get the crowd involved. Take Me Down To The River and Look But Don’t Touch are met with huge cheers as the crowd dance and sing along; finally loosening up from the frosty evening air.
The jaws theme rings around the room before the familiar clonking noises of She’s A Little Angel accompany the bands entrance to the stage. They blast through fan favourites Boneyard and Radical Your Lover with ease like they’ve never been apart; they are just as delighted to be back onstage together as the fans. Frontman Tony Jepson oozes charisma and is keen to keep the crowd involved. An acoustic section, featuring Don’t Prey For Me, lets Jepson’s melodic vocals shine with a dedication to former drummer Michael Lee. The pace is picked back up with Soapbox and a cover of Bryan Adams Kids Wanna Rock goes down a treat. Closer Too Much Too Young has everyone singing and clapping with the band leaving to rapturous applause. An encore of I Ain’t Gonna Cry and Young Gods brings the night to a close with waves of a appreciation flowing both on and offstage.
For many people, including the band, this was a chance to relive the wonder years and tonight it was done with style and passion.
Stone Sour confirmed for Download
Stone Sour have joined the trend of leaking the news that they will play Download 2013 with frontman Corey Taylor confirming their appearance onstage. They will take to the main stage in fourth slot on the Sunday and will be Taylor’s second performance of the weekend with Slipknot headlining on the Friday.
Stone Sour are currently on their UK tour in support of their recent release House Of Gold & Bones Part 1; check out our review here.
AC/DC to celebrate 40th anniversary with 2013 tour
After many hints from various band members, guitarist Angus Young has come forward and confirmed that AC/DC will be touring next year! Speaking to The Sun, Young said “Now we’re thinking, ‘How can we ever better the‘Black Ice’ world tour?’ But we will.” With no information regarding dates yet, we eagerly await the announcement!
The band will also be attending the premier of their recent release Live At The River Plate at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 6th May. The DVD filmed in Buenos Aires marked the bands first appearance in 13 years where they played to nearly 200,000 over 3 nights.
New video from Rival Sons!
Fresh from their recent win at the Classic Rock Awards, Breakthrough Act Rival Sons have released a second video from their third album Head Down. Until The Sun Comes features a plastic figure motorcycle riding through the desert; we’ll leave the end discovery to find out yourself!
Check out the video premier here on the NME website
A New Tomorrow - Incandescent
Whilst many rock bands like to focus on the ideal of sex, drugs and rock n roll, Londoners A New Tomorrow utilise their music to get across messages of hopes and dreams in a bid to inspire their fans. They achieve this through thought provoking lyrics and catchy riffs; what better way to get someone’s attention!
Brighter Than The Sun features some soaring vocal lines, delicate guitar work and a soft, yet driving rhythm section. The track is dynamic with well worked chorus anticipation in the bridge and sharp cut offs. Taking on a heavier approach, Love Utopia’s tasty opening riff, reminiscent to Black Stone Cherry’s Devil’s Queen, will get your foot tapping and fist pumping. Alessio Garavello’s neat falsetto vocals show off his impressive range mixed with a clever counter melody on guitar weaving in an out; both equally as impressive as each other. Ending on a frantic high, the almost spoken, punk style vocal lines of What They Can’t Steal From You combined with pounding drums gets the adrenaline rushing. It is without doubt the best track on the EP with the transitions into each section fitting together perfectly compared to the more dramatic differences in it’s predecessors.
Incandescent is a strong debut and demonstrates the ability this four piece have. Their experimentation with music will only enhance their future work and enable them to settle into a more stable sound.
Crashdiet unveil new album info
Swedish sleaze rockers Crashdiet have released information on their upcoming album The Savage Playground with a brand new single to go with it. Set for release on 28th January vocalist Simon Cruz and guitarist Martin Sweet will be appearing at St Moritz Club in London this Thursday for a free album listening party for fans and media before a full UK tour in April.
New single Cocaine Cowboys is a cracker featuring a monster riff, a belting chorus and some clever slide guitar work; a great teaser for the full album! Sweet states that the band have headed in a heavier direction and described The Savage Playground as their playground stating:
“We thought the time was right for us to do an edgier and not so polished sounding album, kinda like how we sound live. It’s more organic and rough sounding. And of course we’re always evolving as musicians and like to try new ways to express ourselves, and that can most definitely be heard on this album”
Cocaine Cowboys is available to download from 10th December with the album track listing as follows:
Change The World
Circus; Sin City
Got A Reason
Drinkin’ Without You
Snakes In Paradise
Garden Of Babylon.