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Saturday, April 4, 2020

VOLBEAT ROCK...and Thrash and Boogie and Rockabilly


Gday Howzit going ?....been a fair while hasnt it ....ANYWAY, once again I found another cracking band about which i  must blogaroo ...so lets get amongst it shall we ;)

Volbeat who are Danish, formed in Copenhagen in 2001. They play a absolute bonza conglomeration of my my favourite kinds of music, a bit of rock and roll, a dash of heavy metal and a dollop of rockabilly....how good is that ?

Their current line-up consists of vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, guitarist Rob Caggiano formerly of Anthrax, drummer Jon Larsen and bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen. The band has released six studio albums and one DVD. All of their studio albums have been certified gold in Denmark. 


Their second album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil received platinum status, and their 2010 release Beyond Hell/Above Heaven was subject to widespread international critical acclaim, receiving double platinum in Denmark, platinum in Finland and Germany, and gold in the United States, Sweden and Austria. the lastest album is the seventh and is titled  Rewind, Replay, Rebound, was released in August 2019.

Singer Michael Poulsen's first band was death metal act Dominus. In 2000, Poulsen became fed up with the death metal music scene, causing Dominus to break up. In 2001, Poulsen went on to form a new band with some friends and other former Dominus members. This was the beginning of Volbeat.....The band name "Volbeat" was derived from Dominus's third album name, Vol.Beat (read as: Volume Beat). After selling 1,000 copies of their Beat the Meat demo tape, Volbeat was signed to a record deal by Rebel Monster Records, a sub-label of Mascot Records.


Volbeat released their first album, The Strength/The Sound/The Songs in 2005. The line-up for the album consisted of Michael Poulsen (vocals), Jon Larsen (drums), Franz Gottschalk (guitar) and Anders Kjølholm (bass). The album was a huge success in Denmark achieving a spot at No. 18 in the charts.  Volbeat was praised for its live performances. Their concert at Roskilde Festival 2006 received a 6/6 stars review in the Danish newspaper BT.


The band, featuring the same line-up as their first album, released their second album, Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, in week 8 of 2007, where it debuted as No. 1 in the Danish Top 40 for CD-sales......

They opened the Roskilde Festival in 2007 and also supported Metallica together (which is probably why i can hear Hetfield riffs occasionally)with Mnemic at their concert in Denmark 13 July of that year. They were to support Megadeth in Finland and in their home town, Copenhagen, and to make a few festival appearances mid-2008. They hired Thomas Bredahl following the recording of Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil as a replacement for Gottschalk on guitar.


In 2008, Volbeat released their third album, Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood featuring guitarist Thomas Bredahl. In 2009, Volbeat supported the symphonic metal band Nightwish in the States .....On 31 May 2009 they were on the main stage of the Pinkpop Festival. They also supported Metallica on the North American leg of Metallica's World Magnetic Tour from October to December 2009. In 2009 the band played at Przystanek Woodstock  in Poland.

On 25 January 2010, it was confirmed that Volbeat would be performing at Download Festival in June 2010. It was also confirmed that Volbeat were to join Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer and others in the "Big Four" show at Sonisphere Switzerland


On 28 November 2011, Volbeat announced the departure of Bredahl via their website. 
Volbeat committed to playing all 2011-2012 as scheduled either as a trio, or with a replacement guitarist. On 26 January 2012, Volbeat joined Megadeth, Motörhead, and Lacuna Coil on Gigantour. On the tour, Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate) filled in as the guitarist for Volbeat. .


Volbeat were confirmed to be playing Download festival June 2013. Volbeat announced in December that their new album would be released during 2013. A spring tour with Danko Jones and Spoken was announced in December. In January 2013, Volbeat revealed the name of the new album, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, and that was released in the spring of 2013.

On 4 February 2013, it was announced that Rob Caggiano, formerly of Anthrax, had officially joined the band as second guitarist. He had been producing and recording guest solos on the band's upcoming album, Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies,  before being asked to join as a full-time member. Singer and guitarist Michael Poulsen said of the chemistry between Caggiano and the rest of the band "The collaboration with Rob in the studio was so inspiring and in good spirit that we the decided to keep him. Basically we went into the studio as a three piece and came out as a whole band!"


Michael Poulsen confirmed during the band's 2015 tour with Anthrax and Crobot, that a new album was in the works, hinting that it would be released in 2016, and demoed a new song throughout the "The Devil's Bleeding Crown" tour


In November 2015, the band announced that Kjølholm would leave Volbeat. They emphasised, that he left in good terms with the band. Poulsen and Larsen said that "Anders has been a loyal friend and bandmate since 2001.  We're very thankful for this and wish Anders all the best in the future." Kjølholm likewise wished all the best for the rest of the band.

On 7 April 2016, they revealed Seal the Deal and Let's Boogie to be released on 3 June 2016. The album's first single was "The Devil's Bleeding Crown". The official music video for this song was released on 13 May 2016. The second single, released 29 April 2016, was "For Evigt" (my personal favourite tune, i think ?}, and an English version, "The Bliss".  Kaspar Boye Larsen was announced as the band's new bassist on 13 May 2016

In 2018, Volbeat announced plans for a seventh album.... May 15, they released the second single, "Leviathan", from their upcoming seventh studio album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound, while announcing the 14-song tracklist and a release date of 2 August 2019. They released the third single off the album, "Last Day Under the Sun" {also a cracking tune} on 13 June 2019.  They then proceeded to release a pile of tunes , "Cheapside Sloggers," featuring Gary Holt of Slayer.  "Pelvis on Fire.""Die To Live," featuring Neil Fallon of Clutch as the sixth single


Current members
Michael Poulsen – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2001–present)
Jon Larsen – drums (2001–present)
Rob Caggiano – lead guitar, backing vocals (2013–present), bass (2015–2016)
Kaspar Boye Larsen – bass, backing vocals (2006, 2016–present)

Former members
Anders Kjølholm – bass, backing vocals (2001–2015)
Teddy Vang – lead guitar (2001–2002)
Franz "Hellboss" Gottschalk – lead guitar, backing vocals (2002–2006)[nb 1]
Thomas Bredahl – lead guitar, backing vocals (2006–2011)
Touring musicians

Hank Shermann – lead guitar (2011–2013)


The Strength / The Sound / The Songs (2005)
Rock the Rebel / Metal the Devil (2007)
Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood (2008)
Beyond Hell / Above Heaven (2010)
Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies (2013)
Seal the Deal & Let's Boogie (2016)
Rewind, Replay, Rebound (2019)
Live: Sold Out (2008)
Live from Beyond Hell/Above Heaven (2011)
Let's Boogie! Live from Telia Parken (2018)

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 2015...to 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)