Monday, 9 October 2017

Gig Review: STRAY FROM THE PATH & CAPSIZE at Rebellion, Manchester (UK) 08/10/2017

Being useless, I turned up late to the show and missed Renounced and Obey The Brave. What was really annoying was that Obey The Brave were scheduled to go on at 8:45pm as the third band on the bill. They went on second, and I missed them, which was a real shame. I sped up the motorway to make sure I was in time for their set, but alas, someone decided to put them on early and I was fucked out of seeing them. I saw a few other people in their T-Shirts turn up late, and they looked noticebly pissed off about this last minute, unannounced reshuffle. To ease my woes, I bought their new album from their merch stall. Anyway.....

California's Capsize were really good. Their show was full of youthful energy and rage, ticking all of the 'Hardcore boxes', whilst having their own identity through some nice melodies entwined with some heavy riffing havoc. The crowd loved them and there were plenty of 20 somethings with ear tunnels and Toni & Guy haircuts in the mosh pit, as well as a few older Hardcore dudes, demonstrating their wide appeal. Their set was short and sweet, and they stayed around long enough to whip the crowd up into a frenzy, ready for the headliners.
I haven't been into Stray From The Path long. I recently reviewed their new album (check it out here), and noticed that they were playing Manchester, so I decided to check them out. I didn't realise how popular they had become in the UK, and was pleasantly surprised to see so many people at a gig on a Sunday night. 

It's in a live setting that bands like this truly shine. As much as I like the album, an intimate gig like this one is the place to really experience their music. The energy from both the band and from their audience was through the roof, as Stray From The Path tore through tracks from their new album as well as earlier material. Goodnight Alt-Right and Plead The Fifth were particularly incendiary, and mirrored the rage felt by so many in the lyrics.

Stray From The Path gave 100% tonight, and they were nothing less than superb. It's always nice to see a band on top of their game, and that's what we witnessed in Manchester. I have a feeling that this was one of those shows that the audience will remember for a long time. 
There were a handful of Hardcore bands I saw as a teenager back in the 90's that left a huge impression on me, such as Biohazard and Downset, and I'm sure that Stray from The Path had the same effect on the teenagers who went to this show. Gigs like this are how lifelong fans are made and inspire people to start bands of their own. 

Stray From The Path have rocketed up in my estimation. If you are into this genre, don't miss out, and go to see them play as soon as you can!
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Monday, 2 October 2017


Black Country Communion - BCCIV

01. Collide
02. Over My Head
03. The Last Song For My Resting Place
04. Sway
05. The Cove
06. The Crow
07. Wanderlust
08. Love Remains
09. Awake
10. When the Morning Comes

The Classic Rock super-group featuring Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath) on vocals & bass, Joe Bonamassa on guitar, Jason Bonham on drums, and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) on keyboards, has returned after breaking up a few years ago in a sea of confusing drama, just after their third album came out in 2013.

The legendary Glenn Hughes is very prolific these days, and it's less than a year ago that his absurdly good solo album, Resonate, came out. Glenn's voice is one of the finest in the world. Unlike many of his peers, time hasn't been unkind to his voice, and he sounds as mind blowingly good as ever. However, one of my favourite songs on BCCIV is The Last Song For My Resting Place, which is the only one where Joe Bonamassa takes the lead vocal. It has an epic Led Zeppelin vibe, and also reminds me a lot of the underrated Coverdale/Page album from 1993.

The entire BCCIV album was written by Glenn and Joe, and their writing partnership is pure Classic Rock gold. Joe is a master of The Blues as well as Hard Rock, and when their talents are combined, you get something that is simply magical.

If you enjoyed Black Country Communion before, I'm sure you'll absolutely love BCCIV. It sounds more focussed than the third album, Afterglow, and I think the artists working out their differences and playing on each other's strengths has paid dividends. When they're on the same page, they're simply unstoppable. Black Country Communion is the finest example of a modern band playing 70's style Blues based Hard Rock I can think of. It simply doesn't get better than this. Superb!

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Album Review: STRAY FROM THE PATH - Only Death Is Real

Stray From The Path - Only Death Is Real

01. The Opening Move
02. Loudest In the Room
03. Goodnight Alt-Right
04. Let's Make a Deal
05. They Always Take the Guru
06. Plead the Fifth
07. Strange Fiction (feat. Keith Buckley)
08. All Day & a Night (feat. Bryan Garris)
09. The House Always Wins (feat. Vinnie Paz)
10. Only Death Is Real

Stray From The Path seem to have made quite a stir in America, but I only heard them for the first time about a week or so ago. They're a political band, and sound like a hybrid of Rage Against The Machine, Anti-Flag, and various Nu-Metal bands.

They're clearly pissed off, but lack the articulation of bands like Rise Against and Rage Against The Machine, making them occasionally come across as overzealous students. Having said that, their hearts are clearly in the right places, and despite being branded 'Edge-Lords' on a platitude of internet comments sections, they seem to have plenty of genuine conviction in their messages.

Goodnight Alt-Right is great. The video was shared by some Alt-Right tool on Twitter, and caused the band to attract thousands of trolls and 'thumbs downs'. However, I'm not into this Donald Trump "Violence on both sides" bullshit. Nazis deserve a good punch in the face, so the video got a 'thumbs up' from me.

Only Death Is Real is a solid record that delivers what you'd expect. I don't think it will change the world, but if you want 'half an hour of anti-white power', it really hits the spot.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Album Review: VINCE RIPPER AND THE RODENT SHOW - Planet Shockorama

Vince Ripper And The Rodent Show - Planet Shockorama

01. Planet Claire (The B52's cover)
02. Teenagers From Mars (Misfits cover)
03. 7 And 7 Is (Love cover)
04. Outer Limits
05. The Invasion Is Coming (The Invasion cover)
06. I Can't Find My Mind (The Cramps cover)
07. Silver Machine (Hawkwind cover)
08. Rocket U.S.A (Suicide cover)
09. Love Me (Jerry Lott cover)
10. The Blob (The Five Blobs cover)
11. Mystery Plane (The Cramps cover)
12. Flying Saucers Rock And Roll (Billy Riley cover)
13. EST, Trip To The Moon (Alien Sex Fiend cover)
14. Scary Monsters (David Bowie cover)

I'm fairly new to the insane world of Vince Ripper and The Rodent Show, and this, their third studio album, is my first proper introduction to them. The band, if a band is what they even are, is a duo featuring DJ Vince Ripper, and front-man Andrew 'Ratfink' Wilson, who has also been a member of the legendary Goth band Alien Sex Fiend.

Planet Shockorama is made up of covers, all following a theme of Science Fiction B-Movies. It all sounds fairly raw and 'trashy', but it's very listenable and most importantly entertaining. What it lacks in budget and finesse, it makes up for in passion, unashamed ridiculousness, and mountains of fun. This album has a lot of character, and these crazy takes on cult classics give the songs a new bizarre charisma, that I'm sure will become even more apparent when brought into their live show (which I've heard is amazing, by the way).

My favourite tracks on here are The Blob, Teenagers From Mars, and an amazing version of David Bowie's Scary Monsters. What I really enjoyed about Planet Shockorama is how refreshing it was to listen to. I often hear new bands that sound very similar to existing artists, and recently I've been listening to a lot of new albums that, whilst enjoyable, make me feel like I've heard it all before. This one sounds like it's from another planet entirely (sorry for such a lame pun), and this kind of mad escapism is just what the doctor ordered.

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