Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rock The Charts - UK

I have another little side project going on, don't know yet if we can make it work, but it's all about the music I love...

Rock The Charts - UK

Rock The Charts UK Blog

@RockthechartsUK

RockthechartsUK@gmail.com


It's always better having a photo of Angela Gossow than one of myself.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Album Review : Nitrogods - Nitrogods 8*

Well if there's enough room in the world for Airbourne to re-create the sound of AC/DC, then there's probably enough space for Nitogods' re-imaginings of Motorhead.

When the opening track 'Black Car Driving Man' kicks in with its heavy and bluesy riff it is really Motorhead all over, and it takes a bit of listening, on this track at least, to differentiate Oimel Larcher's vocals from Lemmy's. 'Demolition Inc.' follows in a familiar but highly enjoyable vein and then Nitrogods prove that they are not a one trick homage band by filtering Gogol Bordello via heavy metal and and quart of Jagermeister on 'At Least I'm Drunk.'

Nitrogods can't really be described as an upcoming young band, all three members, Oimel Larcher on guitar/vocals, Henny Wolter (Guitar & Vocals) and Klaus Sperling (Drums) have been around the block a bit. Wolter has put in two stints with Judas Priest-alikes Primal Fear, Larcher and Sperling both have over 20 years each in the music industry behind them.

The experience and contacts that the members of Nitrogods have made have allowed them to pull a few strings and get some mates to guest on their debut, listen out for Fast Eddie Clarke's solo on 'Wasted In Berlin' and the (now retired) Dan McCafferty's vocals on 'Whisky Wonderland'.

Nitrogods is a grin inducing, headbang triggering dozen tracks of alcohol soaked heavy metal fun. It rocks, it rolls, it thunders, if you like your music loud, fast and played with honesty then this is for you. Sung in English, made in Germany, fuelled by booze and love of what they they do, Nitrogods may not be young guns, but they're a real blast of rock and rock pleasure.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Jokers - HardRockHell VII

(TheJokers.com)
Someone has to draw the wake 'em slot. It's midday rather the break of dawn, but judging by bags under the eyes and slightly befuddled expressions, the fifty-odd souls who have dragged themselves out of bed and into Stage Two were all up late and partying hard way into the early hours.

The meagre crowd, clutching more Starbucks than Stella, doesn't make for a great atmosphere, but The Jokers set out their stall from the off, in their minds this is Monsters of Rock, this is Wacken, this is Graspop, and The Jokers are headlining.

Guitarist Paul Hurst leads the charge and steals much of the limelight from singer Wane Parry, while Parry calmly gets on with the job in hand, Hurst prances and headbangs, grins like a loon, throws shapes and in general fulfils al the stereotypes expected of a rock axeman, and all the time he's driving the band through some stonkingly good hard rock songs.

This is just what the doctor ordered for the final day of a festival, with two days and nights of bands and drinking behind you it takes something special to perk up your jaded senses as you head into the last third of a music marathon. The Jokers are just perfect, wildly energetic and with great music to boot. In their 30 minute slot The Jokers do themselves proud, the shambling hangover victims are transformed into cheering fans, and when Hurst takes his guitar for a walk through the audience and plays his solo up close with the crowd, he has become, just for 5 minutes, a real rock god.

Well done The Jokers, when the festival promoter gives you the 'bugger off I feel like death' slot, what to do is play like you're in front of a hundred-thousand adoring fans. The Jokers were among the best bands of the weekend, on exuberance and attitude alone, they came out pretty much on top.


TheJokers.com

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Cultural Forms and Time Depth

Sign with a libertarian political slogan in Re...
Sign with a libertarian political slogan in Renfrew County, Ontario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
"The meaning of a cultural form and its place in the cultural field is not inscribed inside its form. Nor is its position fixed once and forever. The years's radical symbol or slogan will be nuetralized into next year's fashion; the year after, it will be the object of a profound cultural nostalgia."

Hall, S., 'Notes on Deconstructing the 'Popular' ' in Storey, J., (2006) Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader, Harlow, Pearson Prentice Hall.
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Sunday, December 01, 2013

What I Did On My Weekend

Phil Campbell Live at Reds, Edmonton, May, 2005
Phil Campbell Live at Reds, Edmonton, May, 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Airbourne
Alunah
Arthemis
Arthur Brown
Bernie Torme
Black Spiders
Black Star Riders
Blaze Bailey
Chrome Molly
Crucified Barbara
Desert Storm
Enos
Fake Club
Fatal Smile
Grifter
Groan
Kyrbgrinder
Logan
Massive Wagons
Michael Monroe
Pat MacManus
Paul Di'Anno
Phil Campbell's All Star Band
Screamer
Screaming Eagles
Skarlett Riot
Skindred
Snake Charmer
Spit Like This
States of Panic
The Answer
The Jokers
The Treatment
Tygers of Pan Tang
Uli Jon Roth

And Guinness, pint after pint after pint of Guinness.

Thanks HardRockHell VII, it was awesome.
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