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Best of 2014 with Frederick Thunder of Neonfly

Posted in AOR, Best of 2014, Get Ready To Rock!, Melodic rock, Power metal, Prog metal with tags , , , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Guitarist Frederick Thunder with Neonfly, gives his best of for the year. Neonfly’s second album ‘Strangers In Paradise’ is one of the albums of the year for me…


What are your top albums of the year? In no particular order I really enjoyed:

Edguy – Space Police – such a  cool album, full of hooks and all the things that make Edguy such a great band. It’s great to see that after all these years they still put out great albums and manage to keep fresh with every new release.

Sonata Arctica – Pariah’s Child – Another great album, with some great tunes, a band that keeps moving forward creatively, but with this release they still managed to keep many of the elements that made their earlier success. I don’t get tired of listening to this one!

Breathe Carolina – Savages – I recently got into this band and I really like their sound. Really fun songs to party to!

Amaranthe – Massive Addictive – I think this is their best album by far, they’ve managed to make their modern metal sound a bit more varied in this album than in the previous two, and the riffs are killer!

Dirty Loops – Loopified – I can’t stop listening to this. It’s infectious!!!

Best gig(s) of the year? (can include you own band!)

TNT at Sweden Rock Festival. Oh how I love that band!!! –

Mago De Oz – London Underworld, it was really cool to get to see this Spanish band for the first time in London. They usually play stadiums in Spanish speaking countries… but rarely play outside of those. –

Ted Nugent at Sweden Rock Festival. What a guy!

How was 2014 for you…

Full of highs and lows… we got robbed on the road which was an extremely low point for the band, but in the end we manage to carry on, played a lot in the UK this year, released a new album, recorded a new video in Cyprus (it’ll be released in January), and played a really big show at the Forum in London with Epica and Dragonforce last weekend which was a great way to end the year!

…and what have you planned for 2015? Touring, touring, touring, and more touring! Hopefully…

You can pick a line-up for Download (or Monsters Of Rock as it was known). Maximum seven bands (can be past or present) and brief reason why you’d pick them…

Van Halen because Eddie Van Halen!!!

Led Zeppelin because I never got the chance to see them and they are the ultimate legends.

Virgin Steele, because I get so excited when I listen to that band… provided David can still sing the songs!

Meat Loaf – assuming he could still sing…

Dio – because we’re off to the witch, and we may never never never come home.

Savatage – because it’s such a cool band, and a million TSO, or Jon Oliva’s Pain, or Circle II Circle performances would never make up for the chance to see the real Savatage live!

Neonfly – Just because.

Was Gene Simmons right saying rock is dead or was Dee Snider & others right in saying it’s not dead yet?

I find this kind of debates silly. I don’t think rock is dead, otherwise I wouldn’t be trying to do this for a living. As a rock fan, it would be hard to be a fan if I considered rock was dead to me. As long as I like rock and I enjoy it then it would be pretty stupid to think that rock is dead, and I guess most rock fans feel the same way. If it’s not dead to you as a fan, then it’s not dead. And there are still millions of rock fans out there.

Anything else to add…

I’m naked right now.

GRTR! Best of 2014

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Classic rock, Get Ready To Rock!, Heavy metal, Melodic rock, Music for 2014, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The Get Ready To Rock! scribes have chosen their top albums and gigs. The eclectic list can be read here

There is also now a public vote for the best album and gig of 2014, you can vote here

Best of 2014 – Dave Clarke

Posted in Best of 2014, Classic rock, Folk rock, Football, Modern rock, Music for 2014, Pop rock, Singer songwriter with tags , , , , , , on December 4, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Dave Clarke of Planet Earth Publicity gives his take on the music (and football!) of 2014…

What are your top albums of the year?

Jon Allen’s ‘Deep River’, Tom Fuller Band’s ‘Freedom’, The Young Folk’s ‘Little Battle.

Best gig(s) of the year?

Without question, Jarcrew’s first two gigs in a decade (at Le Pub in Newport on November 8th, and the following week at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff). Truly, truly stunning. Not only brilliant, but so much fun. There are not many gigs where you join the lead singer to do a conga around the venue. My new trainers were fucked after that – hahaha!

How was 2014 for you…

Brilliant, emotional and busy. The arrival of our baby girl Ivy has resulted in Ryanair trying to charge me for the bags under my eyes. I’d kill for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

…and what have you planned for 2015?

More sleep – and a fishing trip in The Highlands in August, amongst other things!

You can pick a line-up for Download (or Monsters Of Rock as it was known). Maximum seven bands (can be past or present) and brief reason why you’d pick them…

Jimi Hendrix Experience (circa 1968)

Led Zeppelin (circa 1975)

Doors (early 1970)

Urge Overkill (circa 1993)

The Black Crowes (circa 1992)

The Rolling Stones (circa 1972)

Jarcrew (2014)

…because these bands each rocked tremendously in those particular years.

Was Gene Simmons right saying rock is dead or was Dee Snider & others right in saying it’s not dead yet?

I think rock is now a niche genre, much like blues, jazz, reggae, etc. There’s plenty of appetite for it, but I think it’s had its mainstream day in the sun – for now. The classic rock band’s legacies still inspires millions of people, and will do for a long time to come, but I don’t envy new rock bands trying to make records that stand-up to what’s gone before them. I also don’t think rock is particularly fashionable outside of certain age groups right now. That’s not a bad thing, but more of a generational observation. I’d argue rock hasn’t been mainstream for 20 years.

That said, it only takes one great band to shift the music scene in a completely different direction, but I also think it’s becoming harder for such a band to have a genuine cultural impact. As an aside, I don’t think there’s much myth and mystery about new bands today. Social media has taken care of that, making a new band’s career feel like your dipping in an out of a real time documentary which, for the most part, isn’t ‘rock n roll’. The rules of engagement have changed, and therefore the way rock music is perceived is now very different.

How has the season been so far for Pompey and where do you hope you will finish in the table this season? Anything you’d change if you were manager for a game?

In order, a) Shit. B) Mid-table obscurity c) the team

Anything else to add…

Here’s  to a brilliant 2015!!!