The Classic Rock Show’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2015’

TCRS Top 10 2015T’is now the season for Top 10 lists of everything and we’ve been considering what we’d have in our ‘Top 10 Albums Of 2015’.

It has been quite a year as far as new music is concerned. Bands that some of us have followed for seemingly an eternity have hit a rich vein of form, capturing the essence of what made them ‘Great’. Together with cohorts of much younger bands, 2015 – to this reviewer at least – has topped the previous year for the depth in quality of album releases.

So without further ado, here’s The Classic Rock Show’s ‘Top 10 Albums of 2015’.

#10 Metal Allegiance – Metal Allegiance (Nuclear Blast Records)
10 - Metal Allegiance

Bringing together a veritable who’s-who of rock and metal, this album oozes molten riffage.

#9 Blackberry Smoke – Holding All The Roses (Earache Records)

9 - Blackberry Smoke - Holding All The RosesCharlie Starr and the boys have a little something for everyone on this album.

#8 Biters – Electric Blood (Earache Records)

8 - Biters - Electric BloodNow here’s a band that successfully brings that 70s glam ‘n’ swagger right up to date.

#7 Coal Chamber – Rivals (Metal Blade Records)

7 - Coal Chamber - RivalsMaking a welcome return, Coal Chamber kick some major butt with this one.

#6 Queensrÿche – Condition Hüman (Century Media)

6 - Queensryche - Condition HumanThis album is the very essence of what we have come to love about Queensrÿche; great songs and vocal dynamite.

#5 Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six (Eleven Seven Music)
5 - FFDP - Got Your Six

What every FFDP fan was hoping for…no, expecting…their best album to date.

#4 Motor Sister – Ride (Metal Blade Records)

4 - Motor Sister - RideIf you’re looking for a straight up and down, fist-pumping, rock ‘n’ roll album, then look no further.

#3  W.A.S.P. – Golgotha (Napalm Records)

3 - WASP - GolgothaIt’s like the ‘Very Best Of W.A.S.P.’, but in one newly written and recorded studio album.

#2 Skindred – Volume (Napalm Records)

2 - Skindred - VolumeA band that lacks nothing in the self-belief department, this one sits at the top of their discography.

So what sits at the top of our ‘Best Albums Of 2015’?

#1 Clutch – Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker Music)

1 - Clutch - Psychic WarfareAnd just when we all thought the album ‘Earth Rocker’ couldn’t be surpassed, they go and hit us up with this killer record. Front to back, this is the very epitome of the Clutch vibe.

None of the above bands collect a gong, just a pat on the back and a “You’ve all done very well” from us.

Raise a toast to 2015 and bring on the new year!

Cheers!

MJx

Let us know what floated your boat album-wise in 2015.

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#NEWS British rock ‘n’ rollers The Temperance Movement announce their brand new studio album ‘White Bear’

British rock ‘n’ rollers THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT are proud to announce their brand new studio album, ‘White Bear‘.

Due to be released on January 15th, 2016, the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to their 2013 self-titled debut was recorded with producer Sam Miller in London, Northamptonshire and Monmouth and features 10 stomping new blues-rock anthems.  The band will support ‘White Bear‘ with a UK tour which kicks off the day after the album’s release.

ttm_2015THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT comment:

Guitarist, Paul Sayer confides, “White Bear is a real step on for us sonically and artistically.  Playing so many shows together over the last 3 years allowed us to develop a really clear idea of where we wanted to go with our next record.  When it came to making this album we had a bit more time and space to let our creativity go, and I’m incredibly proud of what we achieved.”

Whilst on the album title, ‘White Bear‘, singer Phil Campbell notes, “Nick called me with the title which inspired the lyric to the song.  It refers to a study by Daniel Wenger on mindfulness and the controlling of unwanted thoughts, testing a quote from Dostoevsky’s ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions’: ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.'”

ttm_whitebearWhite Bear‘ track listing:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Peace I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun and Moon Roll Around Too Soon
10. I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind

White Bear‘ is available to pre-order now on CD, signed CD, vinyl and limited edition signed white vinyl, and is also available in a number of t-shirt bundles.  Reserve your copy now at http://www.earache.com/ttm

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track, at http://bit.ly/whitebear-itunes

Don’t miss THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT on tour in the UK in support of ‘White Bear‘:

Jan. 16 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre
Jan. 17 – Norwich, UK – UEA
Jan. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Beach Ballroom
Jan. 20 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Jan. 21 – Newcastle, UK – University
Jan. 22 – Leeds, UK – Becket University
Jan. 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Jan. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Jan. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Y Plas
Jan. 27 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

All tickets and bundles are available at http://thetemperancemovement.com/whitebear

Get more news and info from THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT:

Official site – http://www.thetemperancemovement.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TheTemperanceMovement
Twitter – http://twitter.com/ttm_tweets

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#COMPETITION Win a copy of ‘Old Rake’ the shreddest of shred CDs

After leaving UK thrashers Evile in 2013, Ol Drake set to work on his first solo project, crafting an album which showcases the guitarists undeniable talent in a whole spectrum of styles, including flat-out shredding, classical, progressive, melodic and acoustic.

Ol Drake

‘Old Rake’ was recorded with producer and former Death, Testament and Obitury guitarist James Murphy. The album features guest appearances from the likes of MurphyGary Holt (ExodusSlayer) and Josh Middleton (Sylosis).  Fear Factory sticksman Mike Heller performs drums on the entire album.

We have a copy of the album for you to win. All you have to do to enter is answer this simple question!

The ‘Ol Drake‘ competition will close on Thursday, July 23rd at 9pm (UK time): The correct answers will be put into a hat and the draw will take place ‘live’ on-air, shortly after the competition closes. Sorry, but this competition is open to UK residents only.

‘Old Rake’ is out now via Earache Records and for anyone brave enough, there is also a deluxe 242-page tab book transcribed by Ol Drake himself and featuring full tablature for the entire album for both guitar and bass. You can order the CD, signed CD and official tab book now at http://webstore.earache.com/oldrake

Don’t miss Ol Drake live at his only scheduled solo shows:

Aug. 01 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
Aug. 09 – Catton Park, UK – Bloodstock Open Air Festival

Official site – http://www.oldrake.co.uk
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/theoldrake
Twitter – http://twitter.com/old_rake

Good luck!

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#NEWS Biters release ‘Restless Hearts’ video following brush with police

biters_electricbloodAtlanta rock ‘n’ roll punks BITERS have released their edgy new music video for the track “Restless Hearts”, which appears on their forthcoming debut album, ‘Electric Blood’.

Filmed with director Video Rahim (MASTODON) on location in their hometown, the video for “Restless Hearts” sees BITERS pushing the limits of rock ‘n’ roll excess with a wild keg party, cruising the streets of Atlanta in a stolen police cruiser, and frontman Tuk surfing on the boot of a car whilst tearing down the road at 50mph.

Watch the extreme, uncensored video for “Restless Hearts”:

UK fans should also keep an eye on Kerrang! TV to see the video running in the Fresh Blood segment from today onwards.

Director Video Rahim discusses the band’s run in with the law: “During the shoot, we mounted a camera to the front of a car to capture footage of Tuk and the band.  They drove off with the camera and shortly thereafter I received a call from Tuk saying he had been pulled over and thought he was going to jail.  I had to rush down and talk to the police officers to keep Tuk from being arrested.”

“Standing on the trunk of a ’70s Cadillac at 3am going 45-50mph and lip-synching while wearing Cuban heel boots was the best idea I’ve had in a long time,” adds BITERS frontman Tuk.

BITERS‘ eagerly-anticipated debut album, ‘Electric Blood’, is due to be released on August 7th worldwide.  Pre-order the album now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl at http://www.earache.com/biters

The album is also available to pre-order on iTunes with an exclusive bonus track as well as instant downloads of “Restless Hearts”, “Low Lives in Hi Definition” and “Heart Fulla Rock ‘n’ Roll”.  Pre-order ‘Electric Blood’now on iTunes at http://bit.ly/electricblood-itunes

Don’t miss BITERS‘ debut UK tour starting this September:

biters_uk_2015Sep. 25 – London, UK – Jubilee Club
Sep. 26 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
Sep. 27 – Southampton, UK – Joiners
Sep. 28 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Sep. 29 – Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
Oct. 02 – Leeds, UK – Key Club
Oct. 03 – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
Oct. 05 – Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
Oct. 06 – London, UK – Borderline
Oct. 07 – Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms
Oct. 08 – Manchester, UK – Ruby Lounge
Oct. 09 – Sheffield, UK – Corporation

 

Tickets are on sale now from box offices, all usual agents and online at http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/biters-tickets or http://www.seetickets.com/tour/biters

Get more BITERS news and info via Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/BITERS and Twitter – http://twitter.com/TheBiters

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INTERVIEW: Mira Slama of Savage Messiah gives his first ever interview

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If you’ve been fortunate enough to have seen Savage Messiah over the past year or so, you will more than likely have been struck by not only their musicianship and energy, but also by the professional stage presentation which they have clearly spent some time thinking about and investment.

They’re a band that have long been a favourite of listeners of ‘The Classic Rock Show’ who, like me, “get” what they do. And so it was when they played Colchester Arts Centre recently as tour support for Amon Amarth (who also brought Huntress along for the ride too), when they brought their Heavy Metal sound (for they are certainly not a Thrash Metal band) to Essex.

Colchester Arts Centre – the site of a 13th century church – happens to be one of my favourite music venues. Despite its relatively cramped accommodation backstage, I have yet to hear any negativity from bands/crew as both Lighting and PA wise, it’s highly spec’d and offers bands, and most importantly their fans, a great experience.

Pic by Fancois Lampin www.fransland.fr

Given the reaction they got from the crowd that night, and throughout the current tour with Amon Amarth for that matter, Savage Messiah are continuing to win over new fans with their highly polished performances which have been complimented by the brand new back drop and stage-side artwork panels.

It was only when I met up with Dave Silver, Joff Bailey, Andrea Gorio and Mira Slama prior to the gig, that I was informed that it would be Mira’s, the Czech bass player, first ever press interview!

MJ: Mira, welcome to The Classic Rock Show.

MS: Thank you.

MJ: The lads have told me that this is your first interview?

MS: Yes, that’s right. So, I’m just a little nervous!

MJ: Well, there’s really no need to be.

MS: Thanks.

MJ: The last time we met was at the Cambridge Junction in March of last year (2014), on the eve of the release of Savage Messiah’s The Fateful Dark album. It’s been quite a year for you all since then and the reaction to you joining the band has been so positive. You’ve also just released ‘Cross Of Babylon’ as a single which is taken from the album released through Earache Records.

MS: Yes, there have been great reviews and although I wasn’t recorded on the album, I’m very happy to be part of the touring. Actually when we all met up at the Cambridge, that was my first show with the band and I was sharing the stage with Soulfly! It was very great tour. So, all the positive things we’ve been getting from fans regarding the album is very good. Hopefully the next one is going to be even better.

MJ: You toured consistently throughout last year, nominations for music awards, plenty of airplay on tv and radio…Savage Messiah is a band that was in everybody’s eye’s and ears. I guess you’ll be determined to continue that into 2015?

MS: For now we just have this tour with Amon Amarth and co-support Huntress. We’re looking forward to some festivals, including one in my home country of Czech Republic and headlining a next European tour would be good. So hopefully 2015 will be even better than 2014 which was successful.

tumblr_ninajzSbUY1qzcx1po1_1280MJ: Tell us about this current tour with Amon Amarth.

MS: It’s been going really well. I think almost all of the shows were sold out, so this year is very good tour. Once we finish in the UK, we’re going to France, Portugal – the first time for me – and also Spain. The venue at Barcelona is quite big, but all of them are over 1,000 to 2,000 people. Hopefully it’s going to be sold out in Spain and Portugal too. That would be great.

MJ: I’ve noticed that your bass rig has changed since I last saw you in March?

MS: Yes, that’s very true. I got an endorsement from Gallien-Krueger which I’m really happy about. I have 410 Gallien Neo Cabs and 1001 RB Heads. It’s amazing sound, you know, so I’m very happy with that. As for the bass guitar, I’m using a Yamaha bass and also I have a Fender bass, but I want to get a custom Yamaha bass for hopefully next year.

MJ: Tell us a little bit about the current set list and how you’ve built that up since the release of the Fateful Dark.

MS: We’ve been playing mostly the songs of the Fateful Dark because we think they work great live, they get great choruses, they are quite catchy, I would say. And we try to put some new songs in the set list, but not on this tour. So, on the headline tour later on this year we should be playing some new songs. We’ve been playing, actually writing a new album.

Mira Slama of Savage Messiah Jan 2015MJ: You’ve been writing for the new album. What progress has been made, as far as that’s concerned?

MS: We’ve been channeling some ideas, putting some songs together. We’ve got about four or five songs which I think all work really good. And, it’s kind of similar to Fateful Dark but there’s a lot of light and shade, but definitiely it’s a Metal album.

MJ: And of course this is obviously an opportunity for you to express your bass style.

MS: Well, my style, you may recognize, I’m a big fan of Steve Harris and Cliff Burton, so that’s kind of my sound and I’d like to put that into the new album. I’d really like to do some bass intro, starting a song.

MJ: Thank you so much for chatting with us on The Classic Rock Show and good luck with the tour!

MS: Thank you so very much. Can I just say a big “Thank You” to the fans who I’ve met since joining the band. You guys are awesome! Hope to see you again very soon.

Check out Savage Messiah via their website www.savagemessiahofficial.com Follow them on Twitter @SavageMessiaH Like their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal

Cheers!

MJx

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The Classic Rock Show’s Top 10 albums of 2014

 

TCRS top 10Top 10s of this, Top 10s of that spring up all over the place at this time of year and well, what the heck, we thought we’d get in on the action and share with you our Top 10 Albums of 2014.

Here’s what floated our boat this year.

MI000375105010. Bloody Hammers – Under Satan’s Sun:

Dark Transylvanian fuzz.

MAGNUM Escape from the PRINT9. Magnum – Escape From The Shadow Garden:

Stories and soundscapes that keep drawing you in.

1402114496_11c9f2e339e78. Uriah Heep – Outsider:

45 years of ‘Classic Rock’ experience put onto one album.

2nothing-more-cover7. Nothing More – Nothing More:

Tension-filled, attention grabbing.

kyngburntheserumcd6. Kyng – Burn The Serum:

Monster riffage leads to profuse headbanging.

71FMcEc53pL._SL1500_5. Lionize – Jetpack Soundtrack:

Phat grooves and hooks.

Massive - Full Throttle cover 00 1108144. Massive – Full Throttle:

‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’ with more than one schooner of beer added.

Hellyeah3. Hellyeah – Blood For Blood:

A full cartridge of amour-piercing metal.

51jI3cwV9wL2. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie:

Hit their stride with ease and grace, pace and talent.

bluespills1. Blues Pills – Blues Pills:

All shades of blues, delivered with appeal and aplomb.

The albums that made it onto here, reflect well (we think) on what a thoroughly diverse and generally inspiring year for Rock Music 2014 has been; new kids on the block along with those out earning their stripes, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with some old-stagers.

What’s in your Top 10?

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INTERVIEW (audio): Blackberry Smoke’s Brit Turner

‘Leave A Scar – Live’ a double album and DVD released this year, gave us a taste of what can be expected at a Blackberry Smoke gig. Their recent UK tour, saw them sell out venues with a greater capacity on those they’ve played before. With the backing of UK based record label that has on its roster the likes of Rival Sons and The Temperance Movement, the music media’s undiminished appetite and the band’s down-to-earth appeal with fans, things are heading in the right direction for the band.

I see many parallels between Blackberry Smoke’s continuing rise and that of Southern Rock bands such as Blackfoot and Molly Hatchet had when they came over to these shores in the late Seventies and early Eighties on the back of some terrific albums, plying their trade the length and breadth of the UK to the delight of rock fans.

Brit Turner BBSWith Blackberry Smoke, there seems a renewed interest for a southern-rock band that has also drawn upon life’s experiences when penning songs, making them easy to engage and connect with; looking forward to Blackberry Smoke’s new studio album.

We sat down with Blackberry Smoke’s drummer, Brit Turner, and heard what all of this has meant to the band. It’s evidently clear, when you listen to what Brit has to say, that this tour has cemented the relationship the band has with us Brits (no pun intended).

Have a listen:

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Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Thanks for listening!

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