Hard Rock Hell 6 - Fistful of Rock - Review
So the end of the year approaching, and time for another festival, Hard Rock Hell, and the first time for the team here at LTMDTT! Recently moved to a new venue, we set out on a little road trip to Wales ready for a weekend full of rock, glam, blues and metal. A festival in December? Why not!
Things kicked off on Thursday evening with a special pre-party over at the Jagermeister stage where we were treated to a whole array of rock goodness. Sets from the brilliant Sons of Icarus, and legendary glamsters Tigertailz were a highlight, as well as TNT who served up the classic rock till the early hours. The perfect opportunity to get settled in and wet our appetite for what was to come.
Day two at HRH for us began with the superb Blackwolf. A very promising new band who are beginning to make quite a name for themselves. Plenty of riffs, plenty of grit and some stunning vocals, a brilliant way to get the day started. Next up were a big highlight of the day, The Burning Crows. Right in the middle of a tour with Quireboys, they treated us to a fantastic set, and they are really something special. A lot of swing, plenty groove and hips swinging, keep your eyes on these guys! Electric Mary took things up a notch with their heavier sound, and the HRH crowd lapped it up, followed by Motherload who were also out to impress with their breed of hard rock. The fantastic Slam Cartel also impressed with their set full of fuel and charisma, they did the trick on winning round the people.
The big headliner this evening was Mr Skid Row himself, Sebastian Bach. After some technical issues and a lot of waiting, he finally got himself on stage and delivered a storming set. It is safe to say, his voice is not what it once was, but you cannot deny that Bach give it his all on stage. Classic like Big Guns, 18 and Life and of course Youth Gone Wild sent the crowd…wild. I Remember You sounded particularly lovely and brought the evening to a great end.
Saturday, day three, and after a great couple of nights already filled with brilliant music (and partying), we are beginning to feel it. Luckily, we had a lot more to look forward to on the main stage today.
Electric Boys were first up for us today. They brought the funk and showed us they have lost none of their appeal and are still fantastic live, with Conny Bloom proving the perfect frontman. After a bit of a slow start, they turned it up and by the end of their set the whole place was singing along to All Lips N’ Hips. Bonafide brought the fire, quite literally with some unexpected pyro from The Inferno Girls. A heavy dose of classic rock, they have swagger and the right amount of cockyness and provide us with a tight and thrilling set.
Big highlights of the day come from the legendary Quireboys. Full of charm ad wit, Spike Gray won us around with his gravelly, whiskey tainted voice, and Seven O’Clock it may not have been, but we were certainly having a party. LTMDTT favourites Jettblack were up next, another big highlight. Sadly missing Will who is off currently off on tour War of the Worlds, the band were on top form regardless and brought us some tight riffs and fist pumping moments, brilliant fun. Followed by Dogs D’Amour who were back and showed they are still on the top of their game once again, with Tyla working his way through their hits.
Ugly Kid Joe were the headliners tonight, bringing skater friendly rock to the masses and providing one of the biggest singalongs of the whole weekend with Everything About You. A set with bounds of energy and from both band and crowd, very fun indeed. Closing the stage tonight were the ever incredible Graveyard. It pains me this band were not on earlier in the day as i have no doubts they would have wowed. Absolute perfection musically, they still managed to pull quite a gathering and remain one of the greatest live bands i have seen. Please check them out, you will not be sorry.
And so we reach day four, the last day, and no doubt many hangovers being nursed, but we took to the main stage yet again for another solid day of rocking.
A set we’d been looking forward to did not disappoint, the Red, White and Blues wowed us with their bluesy roots, a really great live band. Sadly Kobra and the Lotus did the opposite. Full on metal riffs that did sound great, but unfortunately we jut weren’t feeling the energy from them at all. Fozzy brought a storming set, Chris Jericho showing the crowd he has exactly what it takes to front a rock band, but it was Soil who won the evening for me. Heavy, loud and grinding metal that united the crowd into chanting the words to Halo in unison. Brilliant.
Headliners tonight and bringing HRH to a close was Buckcherry. Drowned in clouds of smoke and blue light, they commanded the attention of the whole place from the offset, ready for a set full of all their hits, All Night Long, Next To You, Sorry and Lit Up. Something didn’t seem quite right however, the band slightly vacant, not too engaging and Josh Todd's voice slightly tarnished, perhaps from the current tour. Crazy Bitch of course ended the evening, an anthem if ever there was one, but sadly not reaching it’s full potential tonight.
All in all, Hard Rock Hell proved to be a great festival, a great first time for us and a whole lot of great bands on offer. One of the last independent festivals left, the guys in charge certainly know how to put on a party. Bring on next year!
(photos courtesy of Joe Winn)
Home Grown Rock - 100 Club, 30.09.12
Sunday, a day of rest; well not this particular night as Home Grown Rock present another night featuring the best of British unsigned bands out there today.
First on were The Investigation, easing the crowd in with swinging rhythms and stunning vocals. Their bluesy base was a great start to the night and was received well by the crowd, particularly Money (I Aint Got None). Next up were recent featured artist BlackWolf, ripping through a high energy set, they sounded tight and had a great connection with the crowd. Frontman Scott Sharp encouraged plenty of audience participation and flaunted his vocal skills hitting all the right notes whilst John Greenhill produced some killer guitar work. Seeds has everyone’s feet stomping and heads bouncing in appreciation as the groups enthusiasm was as infectious as their riffs. Leicester lads Hell’s Addiction followed with their raw, hard hitting sound delivered with charisma and conviction. Premièring two new tracks, the talent of this group smacks you in the face just as hard as their music. Alcohol really got the crowd going, it even features some spirited air guitar moves from audience members before ending on a brilliant cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child.
Headliners Slam Cartel burst on to the stage and blast through a whirlwind set with charm and style. Getting everyone warmed up with Wishing Eye, Giles Van Lane is quite the frontman with a vocal full of character and huge amounts of energy whilst bounding round the stage. The band lock in together well and produce a blistering performance which leaves everyone’s head in a spin. Like they say themselves;Slam Cartel: See them, hear them, believe them, and after tonight, oh boy do we believe in them!
As the crowd empties on to the dissipating streets of London, they know they’ve just seen some of British musics future stars and with more to come from Home Grown Rock, the only way is up.
Photo’s by William Adams Photography
Home Grown Rock
As you may well have noticed, we have been featuring unsigned British bands on behalf of a new organisation under the name of Home Grown Rock. Set up by 2 rock & roll enthusiasts, Lisa and Lisa are investing their spare time into promoting those great underground bands for no profit.
With a residency arranged at the legendary 100 Club, they have arranged several line ups of the best the British have to offer. The first taking place on the 11th of August showcasing 5 brilliant, bluesy groups.
With a self description of ‘We sound like Heaven, We feel like God’s burning a hole into your heart, We play like demons, and We smell like Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ Slam Cartel set you up perfectly for their diverse brand of rock. Their debut album Handful Of Dreams has everything covered with an extra injection of character and energy.
The heavy metal riffs of opening track Wishing Eye set you up for a musical journey that taps into several different genres. The inflections in the spoken lyric of Once In A Lifetime are a perfect showcase for their charisma and enthusiasm followed by a ballad jam packed full of drama in Breathe. The soft beginning and build up before trailing away, gives vocalist Giles Van Lane a chance to display the power and control behind his voice. The influence of the Foo Fighters is evident in Hold Me with the heavy drum rhythms, raw vocals and song structure; as well as featuring a solid guitar solo from Tommy Hendriksen. The blues licks of Missmatched Ties are infectious and is personally one of my favourite tracks.
Slam Cartel’s classic rock sound, infused with various other elements make them a interesting and addictive band to listen to. It’s not hard to see why people are kicking up a fuss about this London group!
Slam Cartel are one of five bands we are featuring who will be playing the legendary 100 club on August 11th, all in the name of great unsigned bands! Get your tickets now!