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The Darker My Horizon – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Posted in gigs, Melodic rock, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2017 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Second time seeing the Darker My Horizon this year and like February’s gig, again at the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell. Joining the core duo of Paul Stead and guitarist Mark Stephenson are drummer Steve Hauxwell (ex-Marshall Law/Winter In Eden) and bass player Paul Hamilton, who was in a previous line-up of Sacred Heart with Paul and Mark.

A nice, up-tempo and hard rocking set for a Saturday night, with a little acoustic interlude from Paul Stead as the support band never materialised. Plenty of riffs to be had in ‘Perfect’, ‘No Superhero Part 1’ and ‘Closure’, and it is always good to hear ‘Dear Olivia’ played live.

The new boys slotted nicely into the band’s sound, a steady bass from Paul Hamilton and as for drummer Steve Hauxwell, he had the flash and style more associated with American drummers like Eric Singer and Tommy Aldridge. Impressive to watch and a great addition to TDMH.

Two new songs were aired from the band’s new album ‘Seize The Day’ due next year – ‘Carpe Diem’ in acoustic mode and ‘Sleaze’, a nice and loud hard rocking tune. Bryan Adams’s ‘Summer Of 69’ was given an enthusiastic run through and the other cover as Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ (popularised by Guns ‘N’ Roses), which will form part of an EP ‘Phoenix’ due out in January. The other songs on the EP are re-workings of Sacred Herat songs with this new line-up.

Music for 2016: BIG BIG TRAIN

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2016, News, Progressive rock with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Really looking forward to hearing this one as Big Big Train are one of the best and most consistent progressive music bands out there at the moment.

Big Big Train have released a teaser video for their upcoming album ‘Folklore’. The album is released on May 27 and is available for pre-order now in CD, 2LP and digital formats.

Folklore tracklist:
  • Folklore
  • London Plane
  • Along The Ridgeway
  • Salisbury Giant
  • The Transit Of Venus Across The Sun
  • Wassail
  • Winkie
  • Brooklands
  • Telling The Bees

The music is out there…

Posted in Blues rock, Classic albums, Classic rock, Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, hard rock, Heavy metal, indie, Melodic rock, metal, Mix tape, Modern rock, Music for 2016, pop, Pop rock, Power metal, Power pop, Prog metal, Progressive rock with tags , , , , on February 28, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I love discovering and listening to new music, be it actual new music or older music that I listen to for the first time. I know many music fans my age or older get very set in their tastes and say nothing new is as good as the older, established bands, however that misses the point a little for me. Yes bands like say the Temperance Movement or Inglorious, to name but two, are nothing new musically yet they take the music they love and give it their own twist. Heck, bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple borrowed and were influenced by established artists in their day to create the music that still resonates today.

Just this week I picked up a Richard Hawley CD after reading a rave gig review on GRTR! On Twitter I have been picking up on new music and currently loving Broken Witt Rebels (their new EP is superb!) and the indie rock of Mountain Jam. The joy and thrill of hearing new music and championing the musicians is one of life’s great joys for me and many others.

Go on, listen to at least one new band/musician this week, be they new or old…

Music for 2016: SHADOW HUNTERS

Posted in Melodic rock, metal, Music for 2016, Power metal, Prog metal with tags , , , , on February 25, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Describing themselves as “Modern Energetic Sci-Fi Rock”, Norway’s Shadow Hunters merge epic goth rock instrumentation with powerful, anthemic vocals and visceral, fast-paced guitars – a sound which led to their last song premiering exclusively on Kerrang!

I must admit to being rather partial to this song and it reminded me of Aussie prog metal band Voyager.

 

PICTUREHOUSE – free live EP

Posted in Get Ready To Rock!, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

PictureHouse are offering a free live EP download here.They recorded this at their last show in the Unitarian Church – you can see them again there on April 17th, tickets from here The EP includes a sterling version of ‘Fear Of Flying’ and ‘Don’t Believe Me’ – marvel at those soaring harmonies.

This band I discovered via their 2014 album ‘Evolution’ and I am fan due to their ear for a lovely melody and heartfelt vocals. Hoping for some UK live dates this year.

 

Music for 2016: EMPIRE CIRCUS & THE DUNWELLS

Posted in Folk rock, Modern rock, Music for 2016 with tags , , , , on January 21, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Now for me even after a few years *cough* as a music fan, I still love hearing and discovering new music, or artists I had not previously heard of. Thanks to a top PR bod I was introduced Empire Circus, an Irish band who have already had a pretty decent career to date. Their new single is simply amazing and uplifting…

So impressed by this song and with the aforementioned PR man’s guidance, I have listened to their equally impressive back catalogue.

The Dunwells are another band I have discovered thanks to PR folk. They are excellent live, nailing those impressive harmonies they have on records. They have a new album at the end of February and based on this song it should be well worth getting…