Melodic Rock Stalwarts HEAT Score Again going Into The Great Unknown
“I thought this was a blues site” I hear you cry… yes it is, but without the blues, there would be no rock music & no apologies for covering the latest album by H.E.A.T. – Into The Great Unknown
Although far from blues, it does have references aplenty with some interesting chord structures not dissimilar to some of Gary Moore’s blues work.
It is a very good album for those who like the AOR/Melodic genre – think Joe Lynn Turner, Europe & latter-day Whitesnake & you’ll be on target.
The line up of Guitar: Sky Davis, Bass: Jimmy Jay, Keyboards: Jona Tee, Drums & Percussion: Crash, Vocals: Erik Grönwall make a damn good noise &, in a crowded Scandi-Rock scene, they are definitely in the vanguard. The vocals of Erik Gronwall are particularly strong reminding me of the aforementioned JLT but stronger & with more light & shade… sorry, Joe!
The opening track – full of “whoa, whoa, whoas” – goes by the unlikely title of Bastard of Society! Ludicrously catchy & well structured this (like We Rule with it’s lighter waving potential) has to be have been designed for full-on audience participation.
“Things ain’t pretty, down in Shit City” is the main theme of another truly melodic & well-executed song despite the strange title.
Blind Leads the Blind is the ‘heaviest’ of the bunch but still retains the melodic verse/chorus structure typical of the whole album.
Bowing out with We Rule – another anthemic riff, woven around by keyboards, finishes as we started with another catchy song (Justin Hawkins should listen to this one…). A damn good album for any rock fan.
Black Star Riders Entertains The Tramshed Cardiff
Thursday 2nd March
Support Amorettes & GUN
Black Star Riders, attracted the rock fans of Cardiff and beyond tonight at The Tramshed. Tonight with a trio of bands would we have three jackpots in a row?
Up first, in the slot machine roulette at The Tramshed were The Amorettes. With a dramatic entrance Gill, Heather and Hannah set off at a pace with Steal The Thunder. The opening set heated the room, with pure rocking joy as the Amorettes played a storming opening set. The Scottish trio of hard rocking, rock n’ roll loving women are building a reputation of playing a set of music that brings joy. Tonight they blasted across the Tramshed a set list that won them many more fans, mixing it up with raw delights of White Russian Roulette and the single from White Hot Heat, Let The Neighbours Call The Cops. No one would be calling the police to stop this band from playing tonight or any night. Thirty minutes of raw, classic rocking delights with vocals that rasp, grasping with lyrics and spitting them out, an infectious opener that they should never be ignored. Those who missed the set missed a moment of live music, I recommend get to see the support they are the future you could be queuing for next year and across the decade. A full house of three shot glasses brimming with sparkling rock.
Second, go at the Tramshed’s music slot machine delivered Gun to the stage. Let It Shine opened the set and the rock gods did shine on everyone in the room as Gun delivered. The Glasgow based quartet were shooting from the hip determined to entertain from the first note to the last. The line-up has changed but the music remains foot stomping Rock n’ Roll that thrills. With Dante Gizzi now out front loving every moment as the lead vocalist. In the mix the set included songs from across the decades and a new song, She Knows, from forthcoming album out in summer 2017. GUN were pistol sharp shooters tonight blasting their full force through every barrel. We all stamped our feet and joined in with Hold Your Head Up, no one was staring at the floor tonight we were as one focused on the band. Wow, the energy the force of music through the speakers. What a night to join with bassist Andy Carr and help celebrate his thirtieth birthday with a loud Cardiff cheer. GUN’s guitars gunned the beat, the hooks capturing the vocals their melodic rock captured the audience. The blinding set a prelude to Black Star Riders closed with a rip-roaring rendition of Beastie Boys (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) Tonight we partied with another jackpot of Glaswegian tartan rock.
A short breather and the packed, crowded, hot Tramshed were ready for the third dose of rock with headliners Black Star Riders. Opening with Heavy Fire, the title track of the album that is on continuous play on many a rock house turntable. With a lengthy back catalogue, Black Star Riders born out of Thin Lizzy only had one of their tracks The Boys Are Back in Town. They definitely were. The venue was buzzing with red hot rock. The set had tracks from the latest album, but as important are the favourites that have become part of the legend that BSR are rapidly becoming, with Bloodshot and The Killer Instinct. Tramshed was throbbing with the stamping of feet and the loud reverberation from the Marshall stacks. Dancing With the Wrong Girl had Cardiff singing the chorus before the Celtic branding of their rock appeared with Soldierstown. Ricky Warwick was full of bounding focused energy, happy to be back in Wales in front of an audience that wanted to join in the fun the boys were having on stage. The new tracks fitted into the set perfectly as if they had been played for years and not recent additions to the choice of music to play live. Cold War Love, Who Rides The Tiger, and Testify or Say Goodbye kept the crowd engaged stamping and demanding more. With Hey Judas from All Hell Breaks Loose, a memory captured of opening for Judas Priest being a highlight. With a sincere plea for music lovers to buy physical copies of music that you can hold and connect with as we were Bound For Glory of live music with Black Star Riders. Closing with Finest Hour, for many this was Tramshed’s finest night of rock to date. Tonight was loud and full on the fans were in their element. The neutrals from conversations I overheard enjoyed the ride especially the two opening bands. Tonight was definitely a triple jackpot with Black Star Riders delivering with Heavy Fire of rock.
SHAMAN’S HARVEST announce first European Tour US-rockers kick off 2017 with a 25-date tour with Black Stone Cherry
Shaman’s Harvest will continue their 2016 success next year: after selling out headline shows nationwide in the US, millions of views for their singles “Dangerous” and “In Chains”, multiple entries in the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and over 17 million combined streams, the band will start the new year with a 25-date tour on mainland Europe with their fellow US-rockers from Black Stone Cherry. The band released a short video that you can see HERE
Mascot Label Group recording artist Shaman’s Harvest will continue to tour riding the success of their most recent album Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns. Cumulative digital sales from their debut album on Mascot Records have exceeded +132,000 digital downloads, while the band’s latest single “In Chains” peaked at #11 on the Mediabase chart after a run of 22 weeks at Active Rock radio.
Singer Nathan Hunt shares, “This past year has been a year of firsts for Shaman’s Harvest and that’s great and all, but we are only lookin’ forward. Future tours and more importantly composing the next record. Resting on our accomplishments makes us fat ‘n lazy. If there’s one thing rock ‘n roll doesn’t need it is complacency.”
Throughout the past two years, principle band members Nathan Hunt (Vocals & Acoustic Guitar), Josh Hamler (Guitar) and Matt Fisher (Bass) have toured North America extensively mixing headline, support and festival appearances within an on-going odyssey that has delivered a broad fan base and positioning as one of rock’s rising stars.
The Jefferson City, Missouri based band enjoyed a strong first week of sales with #5 “Heatseekers” debut in Billboard Magazine, then breaking markets and expanding their fan base as they travelled the roads of the U.S. Loudwire premiered the band’s official video for the lead single “Dangerous” which had a run in the Top ranked clips nationally for months and has over 1 million views to date.
Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns is digitally available at iTunes HERE . Physical CDs and vinyl are available over atHERE .
The press on Shaman’s Harvest during their live shows:
“This rock band from Jefferson City, Missouri has formulated their own unique mix of modern and classic rock with a southern twist that has energized fans across the nation.” – National Rock Review
“Gritty vocals, chunky guitar tone, strong guitar solo’s, solid rhythm; Shaman’s Harvest delivered a kick ass, strong ROCK set!” – Rock N Roll Experience
“Heavy, solid rock with a touch of low-end groove meshed well with Nate’s smooth, occasionally growly vocals.” – Visible Sin
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Highwayman engineered, mixed and produced by Anthony Joseph Perry (son ofAerosmith’s Joe Perry). The songs were recorded at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, with additional songs recorded in France at Indie Ear Studio by Mathieu Kabi.
Bluesdoodles loved his last album Old Glory & Wild Revival – Listen to the Electrifying guitar work and insights from Jared including his inspiration from Blues masters Son House, Freddy King and Stevie Ray Vaughan…
The EP features the lead single “We’re An American Band”, a blues rock cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s 1973 single, plus a cover of Humble Pie’s“30 Days In The Hole”, and three new Jared James Nichols originals – “Old Glory”, “Fallin’ Down” and“Gone”.
Highwayman EP – Tracklisting
1. We’re an American Band (*Grand Funk Railroad)
2. Old Glory
3. 30 Days in the Hole (*Humble Pie)
4. Fallin’ Down
The E.P. Highwayman;a mix of originals and covers that reflecting life on the road during the 70+ tour dates as they played throughout Europe and the U.K. earlier this year- missed him then! well he is back as special guest on Glenn Hughes U.K. Tour this Autumn.