Sweden’s rock/metal band, The Driftwood Sign, have announced the release of their new album ‘Broken Times‘ on January 24th, 2020. The first single & music video for the song ‘Broken Minds‘ will be available on January 10th, 2020 and can be pre-ordered here: https://show.co/bbXVDDU

The title phrase “broken minds for broken times” really catches the theme and general feel of the album‘ says Anders, singer in the band. ‘Compared to our last release we’ve moved towards a darker and heavier feel, both lyrically and stylistically, while maintaining our focus on strong melodies and dynamics. In other words, you can look forward to thundering riffs, groovy choruses and some well placed breathing space to take it all in.

Track listing:

  1. What Is Real
  2. Polarize
  3. Palace Of Bliss
  4. Faceless
  5. Nowhere To Run
  6. Will To Live
  7. Crisis
  8. Broken Minds
  9. Hope
  10. It Only Takes One

All songs written, produced and performed by The Driftwood Sign. Drums recorded by Ulf Blomberg (El Camino, Exhale, Screamer) at Hoborec, Lund. Mixed and mastered by Lian Gerbino (Tersivel, Einher Skald) at White Door Mixing.

Line up:

Anders Ekenstierna – vocals
Danny Ebenholtz – drums (Ex-Danger, Dirty Passion)
Adam Nilsson – guitars (Ex-Nattsmyg, Scorned Disciple)
Gabriel Jankowski – bass (Ex-Farma ‘Tan, Simsoak)
Nils Lindkvist – live guitars (Astro-Lloyd)

Who are THE DRIFTWOOD SIGN you ask yourself…

From Malmö, Sweden The Driftwood Sign brings you heavy music, combining metal, heavy rock and post-grunge with strong melodic vocal melodies. A full length album is set for release January 24th 2020 following up the well received self titled EP from 2015. The album named Broken Times will cover such themes as environmental destruction, authoritarianism the dismemberment of the right to free speech and finding your place in this turbulent world. At 10 song strong it will include the full range from heavy headbanger to emotional ballad.

History

It was due to a very good jamming session in Malmö, Sweden back in late 2009 The Driftwood Sign took its form. They quickly made their first song which evolved into a concept of blending rock and metal influences with uplifting clean vocals. Sprung out of the desire to create music that speaks for itself they developed their sound consisting of heavy riffs, focused melodies with open sounding choruses and personal lyrical content. Little did they know that they would later share the stage with artists like Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge) supporting him in Copenhagen, 2013. The show was well received by fans and critics alike.

During the fall of 2010 a 4-song demo was released including the two well received songs, crowd pleaser ‘Open Fields‘ and the hard-hitting ‘Not Yet Whole‘. Along the road there have been a lot of successful gigs, such as the music competition Emergenza Festival where they won the district finals for the south of Sweden in 2011. The lead singer Anders also won the award for best vocal performance and the band later came in joint 4th place at the country finals for Sweden that year.

They followed up the competition with the release of two newly recorded songs the following fall, emotional rock ballad ‘Enemies May Fall‘ and the hard rock song ‘After All‘, showing off the heavier side of the band.

In 2012 The Driftwood Sign played in several local gigs perfecting their show and again made it to the regional finals in the Emergenza Festival. The hard work payed off when the band got booked as one of the opening acts for Mark Tremonti at his show in Copenhagen at the venue Amager Bio which left the band hungry for more!

March of 2014 saw the video release of newly recorded song ‘Disorder‘, mixed and mastered by producer Beau Hill which showcased the band on a whole new level. They spent the fall of 2014 writing and arranging songs for a recording session which resulted in the release of the self-titled 5 song strong EP in early 2015, gaining attention and earning good reviews in both web and printed press. The EP featured 4 newly recorded songs including a remake of previously mentioned popular song ‘Open Fields‘ continuing the evolution of the band. The EP was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen including a remaster of Disorder. The EP cemented The Driftwood Sign as an upcoming force to be reckoned with in the local music scene with its sights set on the bigger stages.

With a new guitar player in 2016 and a brand new bass player 2018 the band got ushered into a new heavier era. A full length album combining the melodic vocals with metal, heavy rock and post-grunge influences is set for release January 24th 2020! The album named ‘Broken Times‘ will address issues such as environmental destruction, the rise of authoritarian leadership, the attack on the freedom of speech and finding your place in the turbulent world we live in.

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Swedish hard-rocking riff machine Blister Brigade is set to release their third studio album ‘Slugfest Supreme‘ on February 21st 2020 by Inverse Records.

The band have released a first single ‘Venomous Twister‘ along with music video.

The band commented on the ‘Venomous Twister‘ single:
The track kinda represents our new “sound” which is a bit harder than on previous records.

Slugfest Supreme‘ is the third album by Swedish hard-rock´n´rollers Blister Brigade. This eleven-track album is a riff-based, hard hitting and heavy creation that blends classic hard rock with razorsharp heavy metal. With powerful and edgy tunes, Blister Brigade has turned up the heat on an already fiery sound and recorded their best and most relentless album up to date. ‘Slugfest Supreme‘ contains both fast and heavy songs and also more mellow and acoustic material witch makes the album varying without losing any focus on the bands distinct sound.

Blister Brigade offers simply a pure lethal dose of Swedish street metal.

Listen to the single on:​

Youtube: https://youtu.be/MJSTfBz0MTY

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2PA8r4N

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/120601342

Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/123634031

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2RH8YF0

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rzygKr

PRE-SAVE Slugfest Supreme album to your Spotify playlist: http://bit.ly/2LEeZyk

Tracklist:
01. Slugfest Supreme
02. Ready To Crumble
03. Let’s Storm The Walls
04. Arson
05. Through Murky Times
06. S.M.M
07. Damaged Goods
08. Disintegrate
09. Venomous Twister
10. Pounding The Deadbeat
11. Burn My World Alive

Line-up:
Gustav Lund – Vocals, Lead/Rythm Guitar
Cristoffer Strand – Lead/Rythm Guitar
Rickard Lundmark – Drums
Anders Gustavsson – Bass

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After the successful release of their ‘DON’T MIND THE NOISE‘ album and a Swedish tour with Thundermother, FRONTBACK now gifts us a brand new music video.

After a lot of shows at Sweden‘s biggest festivals, among others, Anlo Front (winner of “Sweden‘s Rock Voice”) and the guys now proudly releases their third album ‘DON‘T MIND THE NOISE‘ there their joy and energy to the music is mixed with a lot of rock‘n‘roll, catchy vocals and guitar riffs.

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Anlo Front – Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Axel Graneskog – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Jonas Persson – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals
Koffe Stridh – Drums & Backing Vocals

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Review: Blindstone – Deliverance At The Crossroads

Grooveyard Records (Dec 10th 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Well I’ve never hidden my appreciation of the music of Danish blues rockers Blindstone, far from it, a band seldom off my music rotation since I first encountered them quite by chance on Grooveyard Record‘s website.

Since that time the band have released in total nine albums if you include their newest ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads‘. Guitarist / lead singer Martin J. Anderson is one of the most underated guitarists in Europe who is capable of playing not only blues rock but has branched out into hard rock & heavy metal with other bands & projects.

With the bass guitar of Jasper Bunk and tub thumper Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen making up the other two thirds of the band, this trio have amply captured in my mind the very essence of blues rock, namely, heavy, dirty groove riffs that demand you crank that damn volume knob right up and wallow in the soundscape now pounding from your speakers or cans!

From the opening notes of ‘World Of Trouble‘ your pinned against the wall, realising your in for an absolute audio treat. When comparing ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads‘ with the band’s previous albums there is a definite leaning towards that rockier, dirty end of the blues rock spectrum, an area I like to dwell in, an area that you’ll also find the likes of that man from Hell, Michael Katon, an area quite happy to stick two fingers up to ‘traditional blues’ and just crank and play.

While there isn’t a poor track on the album, there are always going to be tracks that either stand out or just make that connection.

One is the title track ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads‘. It’s just over 4 1/2 minutes of instrumental glory, a track  that just envelopes you in that afor mentioned soundscape. The guitar playing stands up against any of Martin’s peers.

Two track not out of place on a hard rock album. ‘What I Want‘ and ‘Olympus‘ pound and scream, with a heavy guitar sound and frantic bass and drums it’s almost headbanging material.

And ‘Dove‘ with it’s mixture of acoustic and electric guitar beautifully woven, creating a wonderful foot tapping end to what is a superb release.

This for me is potentially a cross over album, appealing to blues rock and rock fans alike. With the band making a welcome return to Ramblin’ Man festival next year here’s hoping they get the recognition they so justly deserve.

 

Canadian rock outlaws THE WILD! have announced a full-scale European tour supporting Swedish veterans tAKiDA commencing 18th March 2020.

The tour will coincide with the band’s next full length release due for release in the spring via Entertainment One (eOne).

Front man Dylan Villain commented: “Europe! We’re coming back to start 2020 off right with some new music for you and a tour with our friends in tAkida! If you seen us last year then get ready to get your asses kicked again. If you haven’t seen us yet, come meet your new favourite rock’n’roll band. Grab those tickets and we’ll see you at the show!”

Tour dates:

18 Mar – Durer Kert, Budapest, HU
19 Mar – Klub Zascianek, Krakow, PL
20 Mar – Reithall, Dresden, DE
21 Mar – Huxley’s Neue Welt, Berlin, DE
23 Mar – GroBe Freiheit 36, Hamberg
24 Mar – Lokschuppen, Bielefeld, DE
25 Mar – Factory Magdeburg, DE
26 Mar – Universum Stuttgart, DE
27 Mar – Kaminwerk, Memmingen, DE
28 Mar – Airport Obertraubling, Regensburg, DE
29 Mar – 27 Pratteln, CH
31 Mar – Schalchthof, Wiesbaden DE
01 Apr – Backstage O’Sulivan, Paris, FR
02 Apr – Essigfabrik, Koln, DE
03 Apr – Roxy, Flensburg, DE
04 Apr – Q-Factory, Amsterdam, NL
05 Apr – O2 Academy Islington, London, UK

Tickets available now at www.thewildrocknroll.com/tour.php

Earlier this year THE WILD! turned up the heat a new video, ‘Playing With Fire‘, which masterfully translates their hard-boiled poetry of the streets into a visually striking aesthetic of noir heroes.

A road paved by fast times and loose morals on the pursuit of personal freedom gave THE WILD! their sound. While always remaining true to their name, it’s their never-say-die attitude that’s proven them to be one of the strongest up and coming rock bands on the market today.

Without a record label, booking agent, or paid promotional team, in 2015 THE WILD! saw their first single, ‘Roadhouse,’ on the Active Rock radio charts in their native country of Canada. This gained them their agent, Ralph James and the interest of Mike Fraser, who was offered Villain’s ’65 Cadillac Deville in lieu of a label budget to make their first record. As a small but rabid fanbase grew, the band made a deal with North America’s biggest indie label, Entertainment One.

THE WILD!’s debut album, ‘GxDxWxB‘, produced the Active Rock radio hit ‘Slow Burn,’ which peaked at Number 5 in Canada while ‘Straight to Hell‘ and ‘What About You?‘ both cracked the Top 20. During this time, the band headlined their own tours and supported Buckcherry, Godsmack, Korn, Rise Against, Wolfmother and more.

In 2017, the band’s second album, ‘Wild At Heart‘, knocked Metallica out of the Number 2 spot on the iTunes Rock Charts when it debuted. ‘Ready to Roll‘ reached Number 4 at Active Rock in Canada and garnered the attention of legendary rock radio DJ and TV personality Eddie Trunk as he spun the song on his syndicated show broadcasted to nearly 40 American radio stations. The band then announced spots on major US rock festivals Carolina Rebellion and Welcome To Rockville. Both headline and support tours followed alongside the likes of Airbourne, Steel Panther and Rose Tattoo as the band continued to travel across North America before later heading overseas for the first time. On their first tour in Europe, the band sold 600 records in just 9 shows. With the demand of their growing fan base overseas, THE WILD! would make their way back to Europe two more times that year.

THE WILD! set 2019 ablaze with appearances on the European Full Metal Cruise, Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, and the UK’s Steelhouse Festival. THE WILD! then return to Europe for another headline tour as well as more dates supporting Rose Tattoo, along with a fall Canadian tour run.

This is a band making their name the old-fashioned way, earning their stripes night after night through hard work on the road. From their home in Canada to stages across America and Europe, THE WILD! are here to give rock fans something very real. If you like straightforward, no-bullsh*t rock and roll, THE WILD! is here to deliver.

Purchase and stream ‘Playing With Fire‘: eone.ffm.to/playingwithfire

Purchase and stream ‘Wild At Heart‘: flyt.it/WildAtHeart

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Review: Sign X – Like A Fire

Pride & Joy Music (December 6, 2019)

Reviewer: Paul Saripo

Fantastic album, comprising well written and executed musicianship with a polished production to suit.

Some catchy riff deliveries reminding me of Foreigner.

If you like melody, riffs, epic drums and powerful vocals this album will not disappoint and should be on everybody’s list of albums to buy and certainly a band I would like to go see live should an opportunity arise.

Storm’ opens with a signature piano melody leading to the full elements of percussion and fret work of guitar and menacing baselines with a punchy energetic vocal delivery.

Nothing is left out of this album, ‘Rain’ is a true anthem of a track, opening with an acoustic ballad on to a crescendo of power with hearty vocals and pleasing harmony’s throughout.

Free your Mind’ demonstrates the bands wordsmith-ability’s  and delivers a lyrical hook that will stay with you.

Crush‘ ’had me thinking of a west end musical score, not only in the presentation but in the message and feel of the song, credit to these guys on the composition of this triumphant piece and finding a suitable place that sits well on the Album.

Sign’ this reinforces the bands range of musical ability to write original music with a feel and nod over to the likes of Deep Purple on a tin of red bull.

Koda X’ a melody that closes the album with  tranquillity and reflection.

For me, this is one of the best albums I have had the privilege to listen to and review. Its released today and should be in everyone’s album collection.  I will be looking out for more  from Sign X, as these guys are simply genius.

 

Review: Grand Slam, Bannermans, Edinburgh (5/12/19)

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

The new Grand Slam line-up has been driven by the vision of Laurence Archer to finally get some the original songs penned during the original Phil Lynott incarnation of the band recorded properly. This included Grand Slam being seen as a band and not a project. The recently released album goes a long way in proving that in spades. However, the real acid test for any band is can they deliver live?

The set opened with ‘Nineteen‘ after which just rocked from the off. The driving rhythm section and that superb guitar riff kicked the show off spectacularly with the vocals really sitting in the groove from Michael Dyer.

Next up is the wonderful ‘Gone Are The Days‘, which was the first video and single from the album. The song features some wonderful harmony guitars and I wondered how this would be achieved with only one guitarist. However, the harmonies were provided by the keyboards, played by one other than Gem Davis from FM, who also played with Laurence in UFO I believe. This song is just a genuine slice classic British rock and certainly snares the crowd.

Military Man‘ was next up kicking with some military snare and Mr. Dyer marching along. The Grand Slam version is absolutely superb, and according to Mrs. Scallan, is better than the Gary Moore version, and I tend to agree.

The only song played on the night not on the new album was ‘Harlem‘, which is another 80s Grand Slam original and executed superbly all round. One of the new compositions from the album was next, namely ‘Crazy‘. Another song driven by a great guitar riff, it again rattled along scoop up the audience with the catchy chorus and the sheer pace.

The band then returned to an old song in ‘Crime Rate‘, with Michael talking about how relevant the song is based on the stabbing epidemic in London and the fact it has happened on his own door step. This blues-based slow burner is one of my favourite songs and Michael acquits himself spectacularly in his delivery.

The title track of the album, ‘Hit the Ground‘ followed, before ‘Long Road‘ was introduced quite emotionally as it is dedicated to friend Mikael Fässberg who lost a short battle against cancer. Ironically ‘Dedication‘ was next and was dedicated to Mr Doogie White who happened to be in the audience.

The last song proper was ‘Sisters of Mercy‘ which had everybody bouncing along to the Irish jig section. The encore kicked off with Laurence demonstrating what a superb guitarist he is accompanied by Gem on keyboards before launching into the instrumental song ‘Grand Slam‘. Bringing Michael back on stage, they closed with a second rousing rendition of ‘Gone Are The Days‘.

So does the new Grand Slam stack as well live as it does on the album? Yeah bet it does and then some! I was well and truly Slammed by Grand Slam at Bannermans. With an absolutely superb set of new and classic GS material and such an accomplished band of musicians, what is not to like? In summary, superb songs, superlative playing and a charismatic and articulate front man in Michael Dyer whose voice sits right in the groove. I doff my cap to you Mr Archer and co and I would say mission accomplished thus far! I can’t wait for the next instalment of seeing you guys live!