COMPETITION: A pair of Winter Rocks Festival tickets are up for grabs. To be in with a chance of winning them, enter now!

After the huge success of Winter Rocks festival 2014, the rock all day event returns on Saturday the 5th December with an even bigger line up of international and rising artists.

Keeping to its Sheffield roots, the event will take place at The Corporation: an award winning music nightclub that has been established for over 20 years in the heart of the city.

WINTER ROCKS 2015 e flyer-2Headlining the main stage will be British rock & blues band THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT. After receiving critical acclaim that as seen them tour worldwide including supporting The Rolling Stones, incredible album sales of their 2013 debut and just poised to release their new album ‘White Bear’ on 15th January 2016, this is guaranteed to be a show to remember from one of the UK’s hottest bands.

“We are looking forward to tearing it up along with the fantastic line up at Winter RocksFestival at The Corporation on December 5th. Let’s carve the date in Sheffield’s immense rock heritage…it’s gonna be an awesome way to round out a brilliant year.” – The Temperance Movement

American hard rockers FOZZY (featuring WWE’s wrestling superstar Chirs Jericho on vocals) will be main support.  Now with 7 studio albums under their belts and an ever growing fan base they will be one of the ones to watch on the day: Here’s what Chris Jericho had to say about the event:

“Let me ask you this Fozzy fanatics…what’s the best way for us to end off yet another crackin Fozzy UK tour and kick off the holiday season? How about starting a war with hundreds of our closest friends (onstage and off) in Sheffield at Winter Rocks?? Sounds GREAT to me!! Father Christmas has already text me for comp tix and I told him to fuck off and get in line with everybody else…YOU guys get the presents this year at WINTERROCKS!! See you there for a Merry ChristJerichomass!”

The excitement of Fozzy playing the festival has been heightened by the news that they will be bringing US metal heavyweights NONPOINT with them to play the event.  Another established touring band that will be bringing their electric show to the Corporation stage: Elias Soriano from Nonpoint is excited about the day: “If you’ve never seen us before be fucking ready. It’s goanna be one crazy, sweaty, hair swinging, beer drinking, ass kicking, sing along night like you won’t believe. Bring an extra pair of underwear… You’ll need em.”

Nominated for the best new band award by Classic Rock Magazine, CROBOT are a fast rising band with a big reputation. With so much hype and excitement about them, this is a real chance to remember where you saw them first.

Texan rockers Scorpion Child will also be joining the WinterRocks main stage: “Who’s going to be at Winter Rocks 2015? That’s right, we are! Hopefully all of you will come out and celebrate this amazing lineup with us. We couldn’t be more excited! See you soon Sheffield!” Aryn Jonathan Black – Scorpion Child

TAX THE HEAT are more proof of the current thriving UK rock scene.  Add in The Graveltones to that mix, the two-piece Australian / London are definitely not to be missed.

The rise of female fronted rock bands are in abundance at Corporation this December too with American band SUMO CYCO joining the UK’s THE DIRTY YOUTH and SKARLETT RIOT at Corporation. All now masters of the touring circuit.

Also confirmed are BAD TOUCH and FALLING RED, and the rest of the main stage line up to be made up of established international touring artists.

The second stage sees a real mix of rising and Sheffield talent with Welsh rockers BUFFALO SUMMER taking on headlining duties. Recently signed LIBERTY LIES will be the main support having opened up Winter Rocks 2014.

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Winter Rocks headline act The Temperance Movement

Winter Rocks 2015 is one event not to be missed. What started as a small idea is now turning into one of the first names on people’s calendars for a quality assured Rock all day festival.

Promoter Stuart Turner is delighted with the level of bands that have been attracted to Winter Rocks“I always wanted to do an all day event where I could give rising Sheffield bands the chance to play with exciting touring artists. Last year proved that the Sheffield music scene has a good rock following and the bands get the opportunity to play to a big audience. The crowd get the chance to see many bands they wouldn’t get the opportunity to see otherwise. To get international artists of this caliber wanting to playWinter Rocks for the past two years means we are creating something truly special. I hope you can all join us again for #WR15 for what will be an exciting day of rock and roll, and who knows you may just find your new favorite band!:)  With no stage clashes this will be one event where you get to experience every artist with good ticket and drink prices to boot. Don’t miss it! “

Trooper (Iron Maiden Beer) Are the official sponsor and will have a pop up stall as well as having special Winter Rocks Merchandise a nd competitions.

Rich Tone Music are also sponsoring the festival and will have a music shop on the day offering tips and advise for any musicians.

WinterRocks Festival 2015 takes place at Corporation, Sheffield on Saturday the 5thDecember. Doors at 12pm and tickets are priced £25 available from www.corporation.org.uk

So, how do you fancy winning a pair of tickets to Winter Rocks Festival? Thanks to guys at The Corporation Sheffield, we’ve a pair of tickets up for grabs. All you have to do is correctly answer two simple questions and your name will entered into the prize draw. (By entering this competition you are confirming you are 14+ years of age).

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[Competition Rules: You must be 14+ years of age to be eligible to enter this competition. Only entries submitted through this form will be accepted. The ‘Winter Rocks Festival Competition’ closes on Thursday 19th November at 9pm, and the winner will be announced just before 10pm.]

Good luck!

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INTERVIEW: Cancer Bats’ Liam Cormier talks about the new album, Reading and Leeds Festival, gigs and fans

Produced by legendary multi-platinum producer Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, Slipknot, The Cure, Sepultura, Glassjaw) Searching For Zero is simultaneously the most melodic, yet menacing Cancer Bats release. The record incorporates the crude hardcore punk of their 2006 debut, Birthing The Giant and more metal leanings of 2008’s Hail Destroyer, while pushing the heavy hybrid sounds of 2010’s Mayors Bears Scraps and Bones and 2012’s darker Dead Set On Living to a new plateau. The choruses are hookier, the screams more savage, the riffs more vicious, the songs more powerful. This is Cancer Bats at their pinnacle – their ‘True Zero’.

We caught up with Liam Cormier ahead of their gig at Norwich UEA to get a little more insight into how the album was written and recorded, but began by asking how the current tour has been going.

TCRS:  Liam Cormier, welcome to The Classic Rock Show, and welcome to the Norwich UEA.

Liam Cormier: First time attendee to the show, but long time fan of Norwich.

TCRS: You’re here with While She Sleeps as part of a co-headline tour which began over on mainland Europe a few weeks ago.  And this will be your third night in the UK, following Birmingham and Manchester. How’s it been going so far?

Liam Cormier: So far so good.  I mean the shows have been crazy. Birmingham was packed out.  Tons of kids going off. The nice part about this tour is that there is While She Sleeps fans and Cancer Bats fans, as well as Hundredth and Oath Breaker, but everybody is sticking around for like a really good night.  Sometimes when you do you know shows people will only kinda around to watch the band that they want to watch then they take off.  Whereas this everyone is excited about the whole package and it makes for just such like a party.

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TCRS: This will be, for most of the audience that you are playing to tonight, the first time that the audience has heard tracks from your new album, your latest album, “Searching For Zero”, tell us what you have been playing and how, how has that been going down.

Liam Cormier:  It’s been going down great.   I mean we’ve been playing a lot of stuff off the new record.   I mean we definitely wrote this album with like playing it live in mind, so we were pretty excited to try out like as many of the tracks as we could, but obviously we want to still mix it up and play stuff off of all of our albums, just to have a party, you know.  So make sure that kids who don’t have the new record as yet can still have a good time.  But it’s been rad, obviously people know “Arsenic” and “Satellites” and “True Zero”, we play those three and people sing along.  But we’ve been playing like “Devil’s Blood” and “Beelzebub”,  and the response of those has been just as good.  We’ve been playing “Buds”,  people have been just like headbanging super hard so it’s been really cool to see that like the whole record is getting a response and not just a couple songs that we have on the Internet.

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Cancer Bats – Norwich UEA LCR – 24th April 2015

 

TCRS: The album sounds absolutely awesome. You seem to have drawn on energies captured on previous albums.

Liam Cormier: Yeah, I feel like, I mean with this record we definitely had like a chance to really reflect on, you know, what we had done like you said, kinda taking all of our favourite pieces from, you know, all of our past records.   But especially looking at, I mean we’re such a live band, I think that’s almost predominantly how we’re known, and we’ve  put out records that we obviously try and reflect that.  When we’re writing an album, we look at, you know like why do we put these sixteen songs like in our set list every night?   Why are these the songs that like kids always ask for? So it’s like using that almost as a jump off point for like where we are going to start writing.   Not to try and copy those songs, but to have that like okay this really works when we leave this live, or this like doesn’t work so well, this is more of a studio track.  So our goal is to have like the whole album be like you know a live set-list that we can play, so it’s like trying to like incorporate those kind of ideas of flow and like pacing in terms of like how we would even put a record together now.

TCRS: You worked with Ross Robinson, who’s worked with just about everyone who is anybody.

Liam Cormier:  Oh. Absolutely, yeah!  And then The Cure on top of it, yeah!

TCRS: How was that experience for you guys?

Liam Cormier: It the first time we had ever recorded even outside of Toronto. So for us to go so far down to like Venice Beach, California, instead of an industrial park in Toronto, it was amazing. I mean the best part about the whole experience was that we came to Ross with like a finished record; we’d been jamming it like all the songs were finished, I had finished vocals, everything was ready to go.  So then it was his input you know on how to take that the step further.  And we look at it like, we could have you know, stayed in Toronto and recorded there but this is I feel like the big difference between like “DSOL” and “Searching For Zero”;  it’s having the input of someone like Ross, who has so much experience, who has such just like a passion to like bringing out the like energy of an album of a live band,  of like a real band that wants to like,  just let forth  like aggression.  You know what I mean?  So to have all that,  but then to have someone like Ross who knows how to transfer that on to a record who is, like you said, he’s done Heavy Drive and Blood Brothers, Norma Jean, Glassjaw, so many bands that I love and respect and it’s like, okay he’s going to use all of those tricks with like our band to now like capture it on an album and be super stoked while we’re doing it. It’s just like we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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Cancer Bats – Norwich UEA LCR – 24th April 2015

 

TCRS: Was it a pretty compact session with Ross?  Everything was mapped out pretty much before you sort of got there?

Liam Cormier: Yeah, I mean we definitely had a lot of ideas about how they wanted to approach the studio with him. One of the things that our friends in Comeback Kid had just finished recording their new album and they told us they had done a different song everyday; so they would do vocals, bass, guitar for like a different song which we really liked that idea of having like every song has its own setup of guitar bass, tones like vibe and we brought that to Ross and he was just like, “Ahhh, that’s of that’s a great idea!”  Like even though he’s got all these tricks and he knows all these things to do it like here we’re kinda even shaking things up for him.  And then on top of it we had like zero time to do with it.  We’ve always recorded in three weeks that’s just like what we know about recording albums and Ross has only ever recorded for like 6 to 8 weeks.  So, right off the bat he was just like, “This is awesome! We’re gonna cram everything that I’ve ever done into like half as much time.”   But he was really up for like that energy and what that would produce, almost like a franticness where you can’t really over think anything that’s happening. You just kinda have to go with your gut reaction on like basically everything; which we were really up for as well, like,  “Oh this is so cool!”.   So it meant that we were working like 14 hour days and we never took any days off.   We were there for a little under a month, working 14 hours a day, just like crushing it. We’d work from Noon ’til three or four in the morning every single day. And then it would be like, “All right, see you guys in the morning.”  And like Ross would go crash and like the rest his ears.  We would all pass out and then we would like wake up in the morning, go get coffee, hang out on the balcony, watch people surf, eat our breakfast and then be like laughing and making noise and that would wake Ross up.  And then he’d come down be like, “All right”. He’d like walk his dog and then it was just like back into the studio, it was like crushing all day.  It was the best vibe ever.

TCRS: And that’s certainly picked up on what’s come out on the album.

Liam Cormier: I think that’s the thing, yeah. That energy and that’s franticness I definitely think translates.  And the nice part is that I feel like people seen us play in like you know crazy venues and in these small places and you know wild shows, those are the ones that are like picking up on that energy and being like, “This makes me think of when you played like “The Mole” and like “Bath”.  “This makes me think of when you played like in Morecambe and like, “This is like when you played The Barfly in 2008” .  You know and like that kind of response from long-time fans that gets me excited cause I’m like, “Okay cool”, like  “That was the idea”, like,  “You get it”, like “Wicked!”  So yeah it’s definitely been a like awesome to get that feedback from people.

TCRS:  And 2015 is already mapping out to be…

Liam Cormier: Pretty hectic. Yeah! We’ve got  Leeds and Reading that we’re coming back for which we are super excited. The Pit is looking awesome, I’m really excited about that. We’ve known Daniel P Carter for a very long time, so we’re even like super pumped when he got like his own stage and then to like soon after be asked to play it, it’s just like the best thing ever. I think it’s going to be such a good day. We definitely have like a ton of tours that are coming up. Nothing planned for the UK yet other than Leeds and Reading but definitely like more European stuff. We have tons of e-mails every day to come to Australia and how bummed they are that they live far away from us, so we’re trying to figure that out to get to Australia straight as soon as we can. For us we love like just playing like small gnarly bars and that’s what we’ve done all over the world and we’ve been fortunate to play some great shows in Australia but for us it hasn’t been enough.   Like coming from Canada we know that there’s more than just five cities.  You know we’re used to like, in Canada there is like thirty places that you can play, and it’s not just Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, you know,  so we kind of sympathize with Australia where most tours only hit like your five major cities and then you have like 12 hours or 24 hours of country in between that have great scenes and have places you can play. So that’s our whole goal is to try, I mean we want to try and do that everywhere but I mean, it’s even like, I know the drives aren’t like that, but the same idea applies in the UK. Like we’ve done twenty six-day tours in the UK and hit like every city you know that’s why we have friends in Newquay, we have kids from Morecambe that I like, “Your show was my first show I ever went to!”  And we’re like, yeah, we get that.  I didn’t grow up in Toronto you know, I grew up an hour and a half outside of it and I went to like shows in halls and like that’s how I got exposed to punk rock and that’s how I got exposed to hard-core. It’s like,  if it wasn’t for those bands making that effort, it’s like I wouldn’t have you know been in this position right now. So it’s like I didn’t want to try and do that as much as we can in these other places.

TCRS: Liam Cormier, thanks for chatting with The Classic Rock Show. We’re looking forward to the show tonight.

Liam Cormier: No worries. Yeah! I’m so excited for tonight. I think it’s gonna be wild!

Cancer BatsLater that evening, Cancer Bats went on to take down the Norwich UEA LCR with a stellar performance, comprising 16 song setlist and a high-octane fueled delivery that rounded of the night perfectly.

There are three remaining dates on their current co-headline tour with While She Sleeps:

APR 28th – Newcastle, University
APR 29th – Glasgow, O2 ABC
APR 30th – London, Forum

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COMPETITION: Win a pair of tickets to Winter Rocks Festival!

During ‘The Classic Rock Show’ last Thursday, we gave away a pair of tickets live on-air to one lucky listener. Thanks to the good people at The Corporation, Sheffield, we’ve another pair of tickets up for grabs in our ‘Winter Rocks Festival’ Competition!

The Corporation will play host to the first annual Winter Rocks Festival on Saturday, 6th December. The event will mix international artists with up and coming Sheffield bands playing over two stages.

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THE ANSWER will deliver their stunning live show as festival headliners.
“We’ve been rocking out in Sheffield ever since our first UK tour so we always feel right at home there. The line up looks great and we’re ready to play our part in a big way. Sheffield we’re coming for you!!”

Another coup for the festival is hard rockers HEAVEN’S BASEMENT returning to grace Corporation’s main stage.
“It’s been too long since we’ve been to Sheffield, we’ve had some epic times at Corp! Some of our favourite shit has gone down at these shows and we can’t wait to get back to see our Yorkshire friends! Let’s kick off Xmas early at WinterRocks Festival!”

Also bringing monstrous riffs to WinterRocks is Sheffield’s own BLACK SPIDERS
“One of our favourite top ten places to play in the Europas!! Many a city has seven hills, but the city of Sheffield is a home from home….”

The rest of the line up for the main stage sees a real blend of international talent: Eureka Machines, New Zealand rockers I Am Giant, Zodiac N Black, Swedish legends Stonewall Noise Orchestra, THE Aaron Keylock Band and Liberty Lies.
Goat Leaf will headline the second stage with their heavy groove rock show. New Zealand’s Rival State will be main support (Currently on the B lack Spiders tour and gaining Radio1 acclaim). With Sheffield bands The Verals, The Black Hands, Red Jester, Coyote Mad Seeds, Perfect Crimes and Regulus completing the line up on this epic day.

With Eureka Machines, I Am Giant, Zodiac N Black, Stonewall Noise Orchestra, The Aaron Keylock Band and Liberty Lies making up the rest of the main stage line up.

Goat Leaf headline the second stage with The Verals, Red Jester, The Black Hands, Perfect Crimes, Back To Verona also confirmed. This is a day not to be missed!

Tickets are a mere £18 for the full day which includes entry to both stages. Doors 12.30pm.   Tickets: www.corporation.org.uk

enter-to-winBy answering the following question, you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Winter Rocks Festival which is taking place on Saturday, 6th December!!

The ‘Winter Rocks Festival Competition closes on Tuesday 2nd December at 9pm. The winner will be announced at 10am on Wednesday 3rd December.

Good luck!

[Competition Rules: You must be 14+ years of age to be eligible to enter this competition. Only entries submitted through this form will be accepted. The ‘Winter Rocks Festival Competition closes on Tuesday 2nd December at 9pm. The winner will be announced at 10am on Wednesday 3rd December.]

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Hellyeah’s Christian Brady talks to The Classic Rock Show

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When we interviewed Hellyeah’s Vinnie Paul last week – click here for the link – he spoke about Kyle Sanders and Christian Brady joining the band earlier on in the year.

We caught up with Christian Brady in a noisy pub, The Black Heart, located just behind The Underworld venue where they were playing later that evening.

Christian Brady at Bloodstock 2014  Photo courtesy of Mark Latham Photography www.marklatham.co.uk

Christian Brady at Bloodstock 2014
Photo courtesy of Mark Latham Photography http://www.marklatham.co.uk

In his first ever interview as a member of Hellyeah, Christian talks to us about how the band have been working together as a unit both on and off stage, touring in the US, Canada, the UK, and how things went as the headline act on The Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock.

Thanks for listening. Come and join us on a Thursday night by tuning into ‘The Classic Rock Show’!

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We talk to @BloodyHammers Anders Manga about ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ and #DownloadFest

Anders Manga of Bloody Hammers“Southern Gothic Fuzz from Transylvania County” is how they describe themselves and I got to talk with Anders Manga of Bloody Hammers about it. 

Our conversation took place shortly after it was announced they’d be playing Download Festival 2014. We talked about the band’s line-up, musical influences, an invitation from Phil Anselmo to play at his festival and the fact that they’ll soon be bringing their unique brand of Goth Rock to European shores soon.

This all coincides with the release of their upcoming album ‘Under Satan’s Sun’ which follows once more the dark paths populated by sinister characters and spectral apparitions. Dark Occult Rock with a pinch of H.P. Lovecraft and Ray Bradbury is the main attraction of the show, when the master of ceremonies Anders Manga opens the gates to the nether world.”Under Satan’s Sun” is a multilayered album that resembles a classic horror flick from the 70s. An album filled with charm, big refrains and a classy atmosphere.

Bloody Hammers have just released a new video which has a bit of a background story to it. It’s based upon a true event which happened in the county many years ago, involving a husband and wife who were on the run from the authorities. Anders talks us through the story, a story which has become part of local folklore.

We’ll be playing some more Bloody Hammers on Thursday night’s show, so make sure you tune in on 15th May – 7pm (UK time) / 2pm EDT.

In the meantime, check out our audio interview:- 

Bloody Hammers 'Under Satan's Sun' tour poster

Bloody Hammers can be reached via:- www.bloodyhammers.com; on Twitter @BloodyHammers; and on Facebook www.facebook.com/BloodyHammers

I’m looking forward to seeing them at The Underworld in London when they hit the UK for the very first time. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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