Monday, July 1, 2019

THE ERA OF THE WOLF...Its Powerwolf

G'Day..been a while huh?
But you now what its like, you find a band you absolutly dig and you got to tell everybody , so to that point , its time to tell you about (although you probably already know all this stuff anyway) POWERWOLF

So there I was googling yoo toob the other day for some recent wacken gigs , as I was in the mood for some new power metal to get into , and what should i find but a video called "Demons are a girls best friend" , what a ripper title and after 3 minutes I was convinced it was a ripper song, so on the hunt (sorry) for some more Wolf howls and i found a veritable mountain of music videos and two full gigs, RockPalast 2018 and Masters of Rock suggest i was beyond stoked is an understatement ...and as near as i can tell , I sort of think their a combo of Hammerfall and Nightwish with just a hint of Helloween, but im a crazy aussie , what do I know HAHAHAHA.........anyway to the stuff you already know

One of Germany's leading metal bands, Powerwolf combine high-speed guitar work and thundering drums with forceful vocals and dark fantasy themes. 
Powerwolf were formed in 2003 by guitarist Matthew Greywolf (born Benjamin Buss) and bassist Charles Greywolf (born David Vogt), two musicians who had been working together for years. Teaming with keyboard player Falk Maria Schlegel and drummer Stéfane Funèbre, the new group had trouble finding a lead singer who suited their vision until a holiday to Romania where Matthew and Charles met Attila Dorn (born Karsten Brill), who had a outstanding voice as well as a passion for tales of werewolves, vampires, and evil spirits, all very good power metal themes.

 The band adopted the name  Powerwolf, with Dorn's lyrics meshing with the group's music, and they scored a deal with Napalm Records, which released their debut album, Return in Bloodred, in 2005. Metal Blade Records signed Powerwolf to a North American deal, and their second album, Lupus Dei, a concept album devoted to werewolf lore, appeared in 2007. 

Released in 2009, Bible of the Beast proved to be Powerwolf's final album with Stéfane Funèbre, with new drummer Roel van Helden joining in 2010. 
Powerwolf's fourth album, Blood of the Saints, appeared in the summer of 2011, and a live album, Alive in the Night, was released in 2012.

 Powerwolf signed with Capitol/Universal for the North American release of 2013's Preachers of the Night, while Napalm Records continued to represent the band in Germany, where the album debuted on the sales charts at number one. 

when 2015 arrived , album number 6 was released and to say it was much-anticipated is a understatement , the boys called it Blessed and Possessed, and in 2016, Powerwolf issued their first DVD/Blu-Ray, the sprawling Metal Mass: Live....[which im definately going on the hunt for ]

2018 heralded the arrival of album number seven, The Sacrament of Sin, which featured the amazing tune "Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend" and the equally bonza "Fire & Forgive."

Now, there is just a smidge of religionistic verbiage in the lyrics,  so some smartarse asked one of the Greywolfs if he was a Christian or a Satanist, Greywolf looked at him and stated  "I am a metalist, a metal fan. Metal is my religion. Look at all these people, what unites them? I can tell you, it's the fucking metal.....GOOD ANSWER WOLFIE !

Benjamin "Matthew Greywolf" Buss – lead guitar (2003–present)
David "Charles Greywolf" Vogt – rhythm guitar, studio bass (2003–present)
Falk Maria Schlegel – keyboards (2003–present)
Karsten "Attila Dorn" Brill – vocals (2003–present)
Roel van Helden – drums (2011–present)

Stéfane Funèbre (real name Stefan Gemballa) – drums (2003–2010)
Tom Diener – drums (2010–2011)

Markus Pohl – rhythm guitar (2016–present)
Fabian Schwarz – rhythm guitar (2012)

Return in Bloodred (2005)
Lupus Dei (2007)
Bible of the Beast (2009)
Blood of the Saints (2011)
Preachers of the Night (2013)
Blessed & Possessed (2015)
The Sacrament of Sin (2018)[12]
Metallum Nostrum (2019, cover album originally released as a bonus disc to Blessed & Possessed)

Wolfsnächte 2012 - Tour EP (2012)
The Rockhard Sacrament (2013)
Wolfsnächte 2015 - Tour EP (2015)

Live records
Alive in the Night (2012)
The Metal Mass Live (2016)
Preaching at the Breeze (2017)

Box sets
Trinity in Black (2011)
The History of Heresy I (2014)
The History of Heresy II (2014)

Music videos
"We Drink Your Blood" (2011)
"Sanctified with Dynamite" (2012)
"Amen & Attack" (2013)
"Army of the Night" (2015)
"Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend" (2018)
"Fire & Forgive" (2018)
"Killers With The Cross" (2018)
"Incense & Iron" (2018)
"The Sacrament Of Sin" (2018)
"Stossgebet" (2018)
"Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone" (2018)

SO, there you go...hope you enjoy it ...seeya one day

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Amorettes - Everything They Learned , they learned from Rock n Roll

Gday, howzitgoing

I always get a big smile and my heart swells with pride when i find a band that carries on the traditions of the loud kick arse rock that i been into since the late 70s ..SO....
as per usual I was thumbing through Classic Rock the other day and found a story about todays bloges's or is that blogettes ?...whatever , ANYWAY, here is the tale of The Amorettes


The Amorettes are from the wilds of  Scotland and got together in 2009. They have supported and absolute array of brilliance including  Black Star Riders, Europe, W.A.S.P., Ash, The Dead Daisies, Black Stone Cherry, Gun and Thunder among others, so they must be the grouse , and the girls have toured across the UK, and performed throughout Europe on their own merit

They released their first album, Haulin' Ass, in 2010, and their second album, Game On, which was produced by Chris Tsangarides, followed in 2015. The band's third album, White Hot Heat, was released on 27 June 2016. Produced by one of my favourite bands and the guitarist therein, Thunder's Luke Morley, the album also has some songs by  Morley and Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick.

Haulin' Ass was repackaged and reissued with two bonus tracks on 16 June 2017. The band's fourth album, Born to Break, again produced by Morley, was released worldwide on 6 April 2018.

The Amorettes were formed in March 2009 when vocalist and guitarist Gill Montgomery met drummer Hannah McKay at Stevenson College in Edinburgh. Influenced by bands such as AC/DC, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Girlschool and Thin Lizzy, they developed a similar classic hard rock sound, described by the band as "hard, fast rock 'n' roll". The three-piece lineup was eventually completed by Hannah's younger sister Heather as bass guitarist.The band was named after Montgomery found the name 'Amorette' in a book of baby names.
The Amorettes' debut album Haulin' Ass was recorded in Livingston and released independently in May 2010, limited to 1000 copies. Geoff Barton of Classic Rock magazine rather poetically rated it as 8/10, describing it as "Three minute stun gun bursts full of humour and hellion fury."

The band won Group of the Year at the 2011 Scottish New Music Awards, and they played Hard Rock Hell in 2011 and 2013. They continued to tour and perform regularly, playing the Hard Rock Hell festival in Ibiza in May 2014; opening for Sebastian Bach and Black Star Riders at the Steelhouse Festival in Wales in July,and playing at Bloodstock 
 In October 2014, the girls were announced as the support act for the double-headlining tour of the UK and Ireland by Europe and Black Star Riders. Europe frontman Joey Tempest and Black Star Riders singer Ricky Warwick both welcomed the band, with Warwick stating, "We loved The Amorettes when they opened for BSR this last summer – they represent the heart and soul of The Runaways combined with The Donnas with great songs to boot... and even better, they are Scottish!!

Alongside the release of the "Fire at Will" EP which included live recordings and demos, The Amorettes recorded their second album, Game On, in 2014 with experienced producer Chris Tsangarides at his Ecology Room Studios in Kent.


 They signed with record label Off Yer Rocker in February 2015, and the album was released in March. On 2 February, the band performed a track from the album, "Rock Me, Roll Me", live on The Fountainbridge Show on STV Edinburgh.

The album's release was followed by the tour with Black Star Riders and Europe in March, then shows in the Netherlands, including the Dijkrock Festival on 18 April. The band also performed at Sandnes in Norway on 20 June, and played at the British Steel Saturday Night Festival in Fismes, France, on 3 October.


The band's third album, White Hot Heat, was recorded at Leeders Vale Studios in Ebbw Vale in April 2016, and was marketed via PledgeMusic. 

Produced by Luke Morley and engineered by Nick Brine, the album was released on 27 June. Morley also co-composed three of the songs on the album, with Ricky Warwick contributing to another, the first single, "Let the Neighbours Call the Cops". Morley stated, "I think we've captured something really special with the album, and I think it will surprise a lot of people."


Neil Jeffries of Classic Rock magazine gave the album 8/10, describing it as a "game changer". He cited comparisons with Getcha Rocks Off-era Def Leppard, and AC/DC during their early period with Bon Scott, and claimed the riff from the album closer "Stealing Thunder" to be "the best I've heard all year". He summed the album up as "pure hook-driven overdrive".

The Amorettes played Download Festival 2016 


The band's fourth album, Born to Break, was recorded during September and October 2017 at Rockfield Studios, again with Morley and Brine, and was released worldwide on 6 April 2018, ahead of a six-date UK tour supporting The Dead Daisies. On 13 December, the band announced a worldwide record deal with German label SPV GmbH/Steamhammer
On 16 February 2018, the band released the first single from the album, "Everything I Learned I Learned from Rock and Roll", written by Montgomery and Ricky Warwick. Warwick said the song was "based on personal experience, and a nod to some of the great artists out there who have shaped and defined our rock n roll identity."


The song was voted Classic Rock's track of the week for the last week of March, 
On 13 April, Born to Break charted at #13 in the Official Scottish Album Charts.
Describing the band as "the best band out of Scotland since The Almighty", Neil Johnson of Louder Than War cited the "more refined and considered songcraft" of Born to Break compared to its predecessor, describing it as "honest to goodness, spit and sawdust rock 'n' roll".

The Band
Gill Montgomery – vocals, guitar
Heather McKay – bass guitar, backing vocals
Hannah McKay – drums, backing vocals

Haulin' Ass (2010, reissued 2017)
Game On (2015)
White Hot Heat (2016)
Born to Break (2018)
Fire at Will (2015)
Live at Bannermans (2016)
"Take Cover" (2014)
"Fire at Will" (2015)
"Bull by the Horns" (2015)
"Give 'Em Hell" (2015)
"Let the Neighbours Call the Cops" (2016)
"White Russian Roulette" (2017)
"Whoot Woo" (2017)
"Everything I Learned I Learned from Rock and Roll" (2018)


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Brother Norm Presents : NITROVILLE In Concert (at his local friendly rock joint)


  Howdy soaps....err, i mean folks, Brother Norm here again, now this is a band I heard about a few years ago thanks to my habit of late night trawling on ReverbNation and wanted to share with you.

     Nitroville was founded by Anglo-Scottish vocalist, Tola Lamont and German-Scottish Guitarist, Kurt Michael. On the first song-writing session two songs were born – the southern rock grinder, “Cuts to the Bone” and the stomping “Got what it takes”. Both songs were later included on Nitroville’s debut album, “Can’t Stop What’s Comin’” which was released in 2011.the second album is called "CHEATING THE HANGMAN" and was released in 2016 on the Mighty Music label ( Marco Mendoza, Tygers Of PanTang ) to rave reviews. Nitroville are also currently working on their third album which is due to be released Worldwide via Target/Mighty Music (Scandinavia/USA), Bickee Music, (Japan) later this year.

The current line up is :-
Tola Lamont - Vocals

With her mane of blonde hair and her film star looks Tola commands the stage from the opening guitar chords, style wise her vocals are a  cross between Vinegar Joe era Elkie Brooks, Mothers Finest singer Joyce "Baby Jean" Kennedy and Rossington Collins era Dale Krantz

Kurt Michael  - Guitars  & 
Grizzy Rose Lee - Guitars  

Striding the stage like a menacing KK Downing and Glenn Tipton these boys have the chops to match the attitude, coming across like latter day Mick Cocks and Peter Wells of Rose Tattoo,and Kurt`s plug in and play attitude (no pedal boards here) comes across in the very first power chord.

Paolo Succo - Bass

Mercurial bassist Paolo strides the stage whilst laying down a rock solid groove reminiscent of Glenn Hughes

Moyano El Buffalo - Drums

...What can be said about Moyano, other than WOW!!!

he obviously wears his influences on his sleeve, Keith Moon of The Who, Phil Taylor of Motorhead and first and foremost Animal from the Muppet show,this gut is a POWERHOUSE DRUMMER and a name to look out for in the future.

Right that`s the back story for you guys, onto the actual gig.

So, its a Sunday night in Newcastle,and after a 5am start for work (i`d been called in the night previous) i not so much cruise in to a bar on the shore as Aerosmith`s Mr Tyler might have put it, i more stumble tiredly into my local rock `n` roll watering hole,now as i`ve been trying to convince the band to come and play up here for sometime now, and now they`re here i`m not sure what to expect, i know its gonna be good though,  i walk into the venue and pay my door fee and head for the bar....after a 10 hour shift i think i deserve an ice cold Corona, but i digress.

After a quick chat to friends and bar staff i see there is movement on the stage, suddenly there is a quick guitar riff from Kurt and the band explode onto the stage with their opening number APOPHIS 2029 from their second album Cheating The Hangman and we`re off on a 10 song set that instantly grabs the crowd by the throat and doesn't let go until the end of the last song.....
and not a ballad in sight, that`s not to say they can`t do them, check out the YouTube video below for a stripped down version of 

During the set, Tola is centrestage commanding her boys and making sure the crowd is having a good time,and enticing them to come to the front of the stage,three new songs feature including, PITLANE FIRE a balls out Nascar rocker that is bound to get you a speeding ticket when you play it in the car,and ZOMBIE GALORE another rocking tune that will sit comfortably alongside the rest of their catalogue,check out the videos below

 Pitlane Fire 

        Towards the set finale, after checking how much time was left, Kurt says to the crowd "If someone buys me a beer i`ll buy you one back after the set", almost instantly a voice shouts up "What Kind?", to which a shocked Kurt replies "Any Lager", i`m not sure he realised just how generous us Geordies are,any-who, ten songs later, after the band had ripped through some old favourites like SPITFIRE, LOUISIANNA BONE and the future classics CHEATING THE HANGMAN and MOTOROCKER the crowd are suitably warmed up for Marco Mendoza......

           Zombie Galore   

and the NITROVILLE NATION has gained a good few new members

Afterwards, as i was congratulating Tola on her and the bands Newcastle debut, a young girl came up to us and maybe she thought i had something to do with the band,but the conversation went like this....

                                Q: Your drummer`s brilliant, what`s he on??

                                Tola: Coffee, lot`s of coffee.

                                Me: Rock `n` roll and LOTS of coffee


Then came the punchline, the girl then says....

To the lead singer/front woman of the band

 "You should bring the drums to the front of the stage so everyone can see him"

, which i suppose is a compliment for Moyano, but in my opinion really rude to the singer of a band who've travelled the length of the country to entertain you for 45 minutes, but hey ho as Mr. Jagger once said "ITS ONLY ROCK N ROLL"

     For more information about the band......





so thats that ...ripping gig, look 'em up..