Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City

Posted in Football, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , , on February 13, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A great away win after three consecutive 3-0 defeats and no goals scored in the last four league games. Goals from Giannelli Imbula (his first for Stoke and only his second game fur us), Ibrahim Afellay and Joselu. We did however lose Muniesa and Glenn Johnson to injury with Teixeira on as a sub for Muniesa at HT. Hopefully with the international break a chance for the injured players to recover. We currently have three fit defenders after today’s game!

Great news in Bojan signing a new contract for another 4 1/2 years.

Music for 2016: BROKEN WITT REBELS

Posted in Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Modern rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , on February 12, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Bizarre band name ahoy, however Broken Witt Rebels are a UK based four piece who release their new five song EP ‘Georgia Pine’  in April.I am mightily impressed by their music – a mix of southern rock, some soul and the classic rock favoured by bands like the Answer, Blackberry Smoke and Reef. Based on this EP the band will be one to keep an ear and eye on…

Music for 2016: LEE DODINGTON, HAYDN TIMM, THE REBELLES

Posted in Music for 2016, Power pop, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Twitter is a good way to discover new music, mainly from artist who follow you (in a strictly non-stalker way of course). A couple worthy of a listen are Lee Dodington, whose song ‘If I Called Your Name’ is a taster from a forthcoming EP.

Next up Hayden Timm who has recorded a few cover versions, of which Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ caught my attention. Shades of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell at times. Be interesting to hear some original music from him.

New band the Rebelles feature Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White and their debut single is a cover of the Mott The Hoople classic, ‘All The Young Dudes’. It also features Tracie’s dad Ian Hunter! Their debut album is due later this year.

ORDEN OGAN: 2DVD/2CD Box Set “The Book Of Ogan” to be released on March 18th

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, metal, Music for 2016, Power metal with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Now this band are one of the many delights I have discovered whilst reviewing for GRTR! I was lucky to finally see them in concert last year supporting the talc bothering Power Wolf (another highly recommended band), needless to say they didn’t disappoint. This looks a ‘must have’…

ORDEN OGAN: 2DVD/2CD Box Set “The Book Of Ogan” to be released on March 18th

Rising German power metal force ORDEN OGAN follows up on the success of their latest studio album „Ravenhead“ (which became an international chart success in 2015) with their first ever DVD release. But “The Book Of Ogan” is so much more than that… The package consists of 2 DVDs (running time 6 hours – incl. 2 full Live concerts, extensive band documentary, all music videos & numerous specials) and 2 CDs (“Best Of 2008 – 2015” and the self-released/demo “Testimonium a.d.” from 2004). While the “Best Of” is an exclusive selection of the band’s hits and fan favorites from their four albums, “Testimonium a.d.” is made available for the first time ever as official label release here. It received highest ratings in the demo sections of the leading metal magazines back then and was dealt for up to 500€ (!). „The Book Of Ogan“ comes as deluxe 2DVD/2CD box set (hardcover, separate trays for each disc, 40-pages booklet) and is a must for both longtime followers and new fans!

Tracklist:

DVD 1: Documentary – The History Of Orden Ogan

01. Introduction
02. Part I: 1996-2008 – Becoming A Band
03: Part II: 2008 – Vale
04: Part III: 2010 – Easton Hope
05: Part IV: 2012 – To The End
06. Part V: 2015 – Ravenhead
07: Part VI: 2015 – ? – Conclusion

Music videos:
2004: Angels War
2008: The Lords Of The Flies
2010: We Are Pirates!
2010: Easton Hope
2012: The Things We Believe In
2012: Land Of The Dead
2012: Masks
2015: F.E.V.E.R

Bonus content:
– The Making Of “To The End”
– “Rhapsody”-Tour Report
– The Making Of “The Things We Believe In”

DVD 2: Orden Ogan Live

Orden Ogan Live At Rock Harz Open Air 2015
01. Orden Ogan
02. F.E.V.E.R
03. Deaf Among The Blind
04. We Are Pirates!
05. Farewell
06. Ravenhead
07. Here At The End Of The World
08. Sorrow Is Your Tale
09. Announcement
10. The Things We Believe In

ORDEN OGAN Live At Brose Arena Bamberg 2015
01. Orden Ogan
02. F.E.V.E.R
03. To New Shores Of Sadness
04. The Lords Of The Flies
05. To The End
06. Ravenhead
07. We Are Pirates!
08. Deaf Among The Blind
09. The Things We Believe In

Bonus content:
– “Angels War” Live At Summer Breeze 2013
– “Easton Hope” Live At Wacken 2010
– “Rites Of Vale” Animated Comic
– “Masks” Alternative Clip
– Festival Report 2013
– EMP/Rockinvasion Interview At Summer Breeze 2013
– Rock Hard Interview At Bang Your Head 2015
– Sons Of Metal Interview In Paris 2014 / 2015

CD 1: “All These Dark Years – The Best Of 2008 – 2015”

1. To The End
2. F.E.V.E.R
3. All These Dark Years
4. The Things We Believe In
5. To New Shores Of Sadness
6. A Reason To Give
7. Farewell
8. We Are Pirates!
9. The Lords Of The Flies
10. The Ice Kings
11. Deaf Among The Blind
12. Masks
13. Ravenhead
14. Requiem

CD 2: “Testimonium a.d.” (Demo 2004)

1. Testimonium a.d.
2. Ethereal Ocean
3. Angels War
4. Moods
5. Y, U, Id Ant My
6. Golden
7. The Step Away
_________________________________________________________________________

ORDEN OGAN headlining tour (supports: Mystic Prophecy and Manimal):

18.03.16 – (D) Bochum (Matrix)
19.03.16 – (D) Bremen (Tivoli)
20.03.16 – (D) Berlin (K17)
21.03.16 – (D) Mannheim (Alte Seilerei)
22.03.16 – (D) Nürnberg (Hirsch)
23.03.16 – (D) Ludwigsburg (RoFa)
24.03.16 – (D) München (Backstage)
25.03.16 – (HU) Budapest (Club 202)
26.03.16 – (AT) Wien (Viper Room)
27.03.16 – (AT) Salzburg (Rockhouse)
28.03.16 – (D) Aschaffenburg (Colos-Saal)
29.03.16 – (AT) Nassfeld (Full Metal Mountain)
30.03.16 – (CH) Pratteln (Z7)
31.03.16 – (IT) Brescia (Circus Colony)
01.04.16 – (D) Memmingen (Kaminwerk)
02.04.16 – (D) Andernach (JUZ)
03.04.16 – (NL) Arnhem (Willemeen)
29.04.16 – (D) Brilon (Kolpinghaus

DRIVE, SHE SAID new album

Posted in AOR, Melodic rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
  • Excited about this one as their last album made my annual best of list. Impressive list of backing vocalists too!

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present the return of DRIVE, SHE SAID with the release of their highly anticipated new album “Pedal to the Metal” on April 15th, 2016.

Mark Mangold’s (one half of the driving force of Drive, She Said) creative rock flame was ignited once again after a performance with the Firefest version of Touch in Nottingham, UK in 2014. That creative desire and destiny intersected when he got an email from his old friend Serafino from Frontiers. Mangold, a renowned keyboardist, and his creative partner in Drive, She said, the amazing singer/multi-instrumentist Al Fritsch, then started talking with the Frontiers label about releasing new music. This was even more special of an event than a regular signing as Drive, She Said was the first proper artist that was signed to the label back when it started.

Mangold and Fritsch got together and they penned a few sensational classic Melodic Rock / AOR numbers, chock full of marvelous and unforgettable vocal harmonies, as well as looking in the archives for two songs that they hadn’t recorded before.

Mangold says: “We tried to write this record as if we were again in the 80’s/90’s, with the benefit of time and modern recording techniques. In those days you needed to write a “hit” to get signed and carve out an original sound. This record was a challenge because we did not want to clone ourselves, or the many bands that have now have mastered this genre, or be generic. And yet we wanted to keep the record in that same world as the first D,SS record. And of course, we wanted to make it totally over the top! Ultimately it’s about the songs and having fun, and last but never least to try to give the fans, or should I say the esteemed melodic “cult”, something to… consider.”

“Pedal to the Metal” is the final result: an absolute gem of a Melodic Rock album, guaranteed to please all fans of the genre. Check out an album trailer here:

DRIVE, SHE SAID is set to appear live at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 23rd, 2016. Those attending are in for a treat!

“Pedal to the Metal” tracklisting includes:
1. Touch

2. Pedal To The Metal

3. In ‘R Blood

4. Said It All

5. Writing On The Wall

6. Rainbows And Hurricanes

7. Love Will Win In The End

8. Rain Of Fire

9. In Your Arms

10. I’m The Nyte

11. Lost In You

12. All I Wanna Do

DRIVE, SHE SAID
– Lead Vocals: Al Fritsch

– Guitars: Al Fritsch with additional guitars by Tommy Denander, Daniel Palmqvist, Jon Bivona, Ray De Tone, Ricky Wheels

– Keyboards: Mark Mangold, Al Fritsch

Bass: Ken Sandin, Al Fritsch, Paul St. James, Alessandro Del Vecchio

– Drums: Peter Yttergren, Pontus Engborg, Francesco Jovino, Kenny Aronoff

– Background Vocals: Goran Edman, Chandler Mogel, Ted Poley, Al Fritsch, Mark Mangold, Kevin Osborne, Randy Jackson, Thomas Vikstrom, Peppy Castro

– Vocal Duet on “In Your Arms”: Al and Fiona

Imbula signs for Stoke in record deal

Posted in Football, football transfers, News, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , on February 2, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Stoke City broke their transfer record to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has left his loan spell early to join PSV. Shame as he was on the few appearances he managed to get. Really needed a decent run in the side though.

Stoke rejected a bid from Marseilles for  Peter Odemwingie and that club signed Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher on loan instead.

So one in and two out (Steve Sidwell left on loan for Brighton a week ago) in this January transfer window.

Better news on the injury front as Shawcross could be back for this weekend’s game against Everton, where Imbula will be eligible to play having signed too late for this evening’s game against Man Utd.

Wilson injury and late bid for Berahino?

Posted in Football, football transfers, Stoke City, Stoke City FC, The Premiership with tags , , , , , , on January 31, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

More injury woes for us with Marc Wilson out for three months, meaning we are running short of centre backs with Shawcross (due back in March) and the versatile Cameron both injured. Cameron could be back for the weekend though. Possibly a late loan bid for a centre back before deadline day tomorrow? Tottenham’s Federico Fazio possibly? That’s what the Sentinel think, although he could be on the way back to Spain.

As deadline day draws near we are of course being linked with lots of players, one of which is West Brom’s outcast Saido Berahino. Newcastle have had a bid of £21m rejected already and Sky say we are interested possibly in advanced talks, not so says the Sentinel.

Odemwingie could be on his way to a loan move with Marseille, although he was linked with Sunderland earlier in the week.

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