Human Fortress have released their new lyric video for single ‘Thunder’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Reign Of Gold‘ which is set for release on 6th Dec on AFM Records.

The roots of Human Fortress go back to 1999 and  the band from Hannover can look back on an impressive history. With their song ‘The Dragon’s Lair‘ produced by Tommy Newton (VICTORY), they won the Rock Hard Magazin‘ battle for the best unsigned song in 2000, and their debut album ‘Lord Of Earth And Heaven’s Heir‘ was realeased shortly after. Numerous live shows at Wacken Open Air followed as well as four more albums and several line up changes.

In 2012, singer Jioti Parcharidis whose powerful voice was characteristic for the Power Metal formation, handed the microphone over to Gus Monsanto (due to health issues). The Brazilian has a convincing voice as well and together with the 4th release ‘Raided Land’, mixed and mastered by Sebastian ‘Seeb’ Levermann (ORDEN OGAN), Human Fortress raised attention around the globe again and got back to their old style.

After all the positive feedback, the band decided to keep on writing new songs for ‘Thieves Of The Night‘ and re-released their second album ‘Defenders Of The Crown‘ in the same year. Due to the melodic hooks, the heroic hymns and powerful vocals, spiced up with royal-medieval melodies, the sound stays unique. After three years of creative work, the epic Metal band is ready to release their sixth album ‘Reign Of Gold‘ on 6th December with Tommy Newton in control of production.

Human Fortress also planst to get more active regarding live shows. “It is our big goal, to play more concerts and festivals“, the band states. “Our booker Lucky Bob is
looking forward to many requests from event promoters!“

Tracklist:
01 – Imminence
02 – Thunder
03 – Reign Of Gold
04 – Lucifer’s Waltz
05 – Bullet Of Betrayal
06 – Shinning Light
07 – Surrender
08 – The Blacksmith
09 – Martial Valor
10 – Legion Of The Damned
11 – Victory

Line up:
Gus Monsanto – vocals
Torsten Wolf – guitar
Volker Trost – guitar
Dirk Liehm – keyboards
Andre Hort – bass
Apostolos Zaios – drums

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Celebrating thirty years of music, Thunder will release a 28 track album entitled simply ‘The Greatest Hits’on 27 September 2019 through BMG. Featuring tracks from each of their 12 studio albums, it is the first ever collection to actually be sanctioned by the band, but also compiled by Thunder themselves.

The tracks chosen for ‘The Greatest Hits’ shows perfectly the arc of evolution that the band has travelled over three decades, developing, challenging themselves and always moving on: without ever losing the core elements that make them special. ‘The Greatest Hits’ will be released in four formats: 2CD, expanded 3CD [featuring a live session recorded and streamed at the Planet Rock studio on 18 Jan 2019], 3LP and Digital. CD1 & CD2 are both closed by Thunder covers of classic songs.

Thirty years into their career, the time feels right to look back on what’s been done, taking stock of some fantastic work, but keeping one eye on the horizon and what is yet to come. ‘The Greatest Hits’ is a comprehensive, cohesive and career-spanning collection, taking in material from every single album since the debut that propelled them onto the world stage, 1990’s ‘Backstreet Symphony’ which hit number 21 in the Charts. That first salvo was followed by ‘Laughing On Judgement Day’ which hit No. 2 in 1992, and then ‘Behind Closed Doors’ which was another Top 5 hit in 1995.  ‘Greatest Hits’ includes material taken from releases right up till 2017’s ‘Rip It Up’, which hit No.3 in the Charts, and 2019’s ‘Please Remain Seated’.  In fact, the last three Thunder albums – ‘Wonder Days’, ‘Rip It Up’ and ‘Please Remain Seated’ have all enjoyed UK Top Ten status in the Album Chart.

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Tracklisting:

CD1 [of both 2 and 3CD formats]
Dirty Love / Love Walked In / She’s So Fine / A Better Man/Backstreet Symphony / Low Life In High Places / River Of Pain / Like A Satellite / Stand Up / Living For Today / Love Worth Dying For / Just Another Suicide / All I Ever Wanted / Gimme Shelter [recorded for charity in 1993],

CD2  [of both 2 and 3CD formats]
I Love You More Than Rock N Roll / Loser / I’m Dreaming Again / The Devil Made Me Do It / On The Radio / The Rain / Wonder Days / Rip It Up / In Another Life / Right From The Start / The Thing I Want / Future Train [2019 Version] / Low Life In High Places [2019 Version] / Your Time Is Gonna Come [Led Zeppelin cover, recorded in summer 2018 during the Please Remain Seated album session. Previously unreleased.]

CD3
Bigger Than Both Of Us / Serpentine / She’s So Fine/ Blown Away / River Of Pain / Stand Up

Frontman Danny Bowes said, “Having been at it for 30 years, we now feel we have enough of a body of work behind us to do this properly. We explored and re-imagined our back catalogue with the ‘Please Remain Seated’ album, and now with ‘The Greatest Hits’we’ve gathered all our key tunes together. It’s all killer, no filler, and we hope fans like having it all in one place.” Guitarist and songwriter Luke Morley added, “It was great fun picking the tunes for this compilation, and brilliant to put all of them into one big collection.

For many bands, an album entitled ‘The Greatest Hits’album would be a valedictory romp through past glories, for Thunder this is a collection of signposts that have taken them from where they started to where they are now. With a new studio album already under way and slated for release in late 2020, the Thunder story is far from over; if anything that rumbling is getting louder!

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Brit rockers Thunder have released a video for ‘The Thing I Want’ (Live in Cardiff), taken from their new live album ‘Stage‘.

The album is set for release on March 23rd and can be pre-ordered from the following links:

Official Store: https://thunder.tmstor.es

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Thunder_Stage_iTunes

Google Play: http://smarturl.it/Thunder_Stage_Google

Track listing:

1 Go Unlimited to listen to No One Gets Out Alive [Live]

2 The Enemy Inside [Live]

3 River of Pain [Live]

4 Resurrection Day [Live]

5 Right from the Start [Live]

6 Backstreet Symphony [Live]

7 Higher Ground [Live]

8 In Another Life [Live]

9 The Thing I Want [Live]

10 Don’t Wait for Me [Live]

11 Rip It Up [Live]

12 Love Walked In [Live]

13 I Love You More Than Rock’n’Roll [Live]

14 Wonder Days [Live]

15 She Likes the Cocaine [Live]

16 Dirty Love [Live]

Stage’ will be available as a 2CD + Blu-ray, 3LP, DVD, Blu-ray and a Limited Edition Box Set. The audio-visual formats will feature a host of bonus and interview material, whilst the Limited Edition Box Set will include also boast the full ‘Live At The 100 Club’ set, the ‘29 Minutes Later’ acoustic set [only previously made available as a Record Store Day release], and the documentary film ‘A Difficult Day In January: Thunder In London’.

The band are set to rock the high seas next month on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise.

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Cats In Space

Cats in Space are over the moon to be supporting Thunder on their UK tour in March 2017. It’s a natural match, as Thunder vocalist Danny Bowes sang on their version of the classic Slade song ‘How Does It Feel’.

I was hooked the first time I heard the Cats in Space album”, says Danny, “I thought they were both mental and brave to make such an overtly 70s influenced album, and I loved it”.

The band take the heady power pop rock sounds of the Seventies and make them sound fresh and new.

Cats in Space are currently in the studio, working on the follow-up to their successful debut ‘Too Many Gods’, with a provisional 2017 release date for the new album. Meanwhile, tracks like ‘Mr Heartache’ and ‘Only In Vegas’  are still gaining play on radio stations, reviews and praise: a testimony to the quality of the material and the talent of the band.

Cats in Space’s Greg Hart comments “The opportunity to tour with Thunder is a dream ticket for us. We’re going to rock you all the Moon and black. It will be purrrrfect!

Tour Dates:

MARCH

17th      Manchester Apollo – SOLD OUT

18th      Sheffield City Hall – SOLD OUT

19th      Newcastle City Hall – SOLD OUT

21st      Leicester De Montfort Hall

22nd     Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

24th      Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

25th      Southampton Guildhall – SOLD OUT

26th      Ipswich Regent – SOLD OUT

28th      London Eventim Apollo

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Peter Scallan©
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Review: Thunder/Terrorvision/King King

Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow 18 Feb 2016

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

Another three band bill but this time it seems a little more eclectic, but no less value for money. Despite being an avid gig-goer since 1979, I have never actually seen Thunder but strangely have seen the other two bands. But let’s get down to business.

First up was King King. Fronted by a kilted singer-guitarist by the name of Alan Nimmo, I had recently saw the band supporting Gun at the Glasgow Barrowlands and was well impressed by their blues rock. Despite being on very early they attracted a good crowd which was pleasing as Alan is a Glasgow boy.

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

Opening the set with More Than I Can Take, which is also the opening song from their second album, quickly followed by Waking Up from the latest album, it was clear they weren’t going to disappoint. Introducing the next song with some humorous Glaswegian banter with the crowd, another new song entitled Hurricane followed. With an almost funky intro it quickly moved into gear as a fast-moving blues rocker. Rush Hour signaled a change in pace and feel opening with just vocals and picking guitar and the vocals sounded a little strained but still carried that great melody. Mr Nimmo also managed to coax the growing and receptive audience to join in a sing-song which both audience and band seemed to enjoy. The pace and feel were lifted back up for Crazy which is a great big blues rocker with some great Rodgers-esque blues lead vocals. And again the audience were persuaded to join in with some hand clapping. With three bands the King King set was short and the next number was to be their last and again was drawn from the new album Reaching for the Light. Entitled Stranger to Love it’s a slow burning powerful ballad with a powerful chorus. While an unusual song to close a set with it worked a treat and the set was over all too quickly. Having seen these guys twice in almost as many months I have added their new album to my ‘must-buy’ list and looking forward to giving it a spin or two. Superb stuff indeed with my only real observation being that Mr Nimmo struggled slightly vocally – I just wonder how good these songs might sound with a top notch blues rock singer like…well like Danny Bowes!

Next up was Terrorvision and I have to be honest that even back in their heyday these guys were never my cup of tea! I also found them a strange choice of support act for Thunder especially sandwiched between them and the excellent King King. I was once asked to describe what these guys sounded like by a friend and my reply was that they were like a Heavy Metal Madness!

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

Regardless of my person preference they guys rocked and bounced all over the stage playing a much longer set than the opening act. And not surprisingly despite not having a single song of the bands in my collection, I recognised quite a few of the numbers, which is testament to just how many hit singles these guys had back in their heyday. The songs I recognised and remembered where Pretend Best Friend, My House, Oblivion and of course Alice What’s the Matter. What was clear was that there was a high percentage of the audience did like the band and some even getting up and dancing. Needless to say there was the usual cheeky chappy humour from singer Tony Wright which made up for his lack of vocal prowess. Not for me, but clearly very much enjoyed by a large proportion of the audience.

And then there was the not insignificant matter of Thunder! As stated above I have never actually seen Thunder, although I did see them as Terraplane before the first album came out at the Venue in Glasgow. Bizarre I know, especially as I think Danny Bowes is quite possibly pound-for-pound the best British rock vocalist of the last three decades!

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

The band opened with a 70s inspired video introduction and then launched into the title track of the latest studio album Wonder Days. Surprisingly they then also played another three songs from the new album namely Black Water, River of Pain and Resurrection Day. The latter was dedicated to guitarist/keyboard player Ben Matthews for his winning battle with cancer. However, the guys dipped out of the new material and played the stunning balled Like a Satellite which was predominantly piano and vocals and Bowes just reinforced to me why he is the best British rock vocalist of the last three decades. In fact, it reminded me of the first Terraplane album! The pace was lifted again with The Devil Made Me Do It with its raunchy blues-infused AC/DC-style riff and its great hook line – stupendous. This was followed by slow burning Empty City was equally superb and the ethereal intro reminded me of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. The band moved quickly through the gears to roll out Backstreet Symphony. And the superb songs just kept falling out the speakers with I’ll Be Waiting next followed by two songs from the latest studio album in the shape of The Thing I Want and When the Music Played. Now on the closing straight, Love Walked In was the penultimate song and brought the audience to fever pitch.

Peter Scallan©
Peter Scallan©

The set was then brought to a close with the rocking I Love You More Than Rock’n’Roll with audience participation. The band returned to do a couple of encores with the first of these being Serpentine and Luke Morley doing the bluesy intro on acoustic using a stand with his Flying V slung behind it and worked seamlessly between the two and again the audience joined in. The last song of the night was introduced with Danny doing his vocal intro and the band then launching into Dirty Love to round off an excellent set with Thunder coat of arms on the screen backdrop.

Another three band bill that seemed to be popular with the punters, some bemoaning the fact that they only caught the tail end of King King (they are playing Glasgow in May if you want to catch them properly) and others not overly impressed with the Thunder set list with so many new songs. While I can sympathise with that view somewhat, if Thunder are genuinely back on the scene as a recording and touring band they made their point by avoiding the greatest hits set list and rightly aired the excellent new material (and I know River of Pain isn’t exactly new before you say it!) and making a bold statement that they are back in business and want to be taken seriously. Personally, I don’t give a stuff as I lost my Thunder virginity and let’s be honest here – Danny Bowes could have come out and sang the Thomson Local Directory and it would have been awesome. And it was awesome, apart from the twat behind me who constantly whistled in my ear and was perilously close to getting a smack in the mouth – I must remember those ear plugs next time, just in case!

Top 10 albums of 2015 / Phil Schofield

Well the first of our reviewers has bravely stepped forward with their Top Ten Albums of 2015.

Step forward Phil Schofield with his list (in alphabetical order)

Blood Red Saints - Speedway

Blood Red Saints – Speedway

BEAUVOIR FREE - AMERICAN TRASH

Beauvoir Free – American Trash

ECLIPSE - ARMAGEDDONISE

Eclipse – Armageddonise

Find Me – Dark Angel

 Jorn Lande & Trond Holter - Dracula Swing Of Death

 Jorn Lande & Trond Holter – Dracula Swing Of Death

Maxx Explosion - Dirty Angels

Maxx Explosion – Dirty Angels

Newmann - The Elegance Machine

Newmann – The Elegance Machine

Thunder - Wonder Days

Thunder – Wonder Days

Trucker Diablo - Rise Above The Noise

Trucker Diablo – Rise Above The Noise

 Voodoo Circle - Whisky Fingers

 Voodoo Circle – Whisky Fingers

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British blues rock band King King are excited to announce that they will be support British hard rock band Thunder on their February 2016 UK arena tour.  Tour dates include Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (Monday Feb 15), Bristol Colston Hall (Tuesday Feb 16), Glasgow Clyde Auditorium (Thursday Feb 18), Sheffield Arena (Friday Feb 19) and London Wembley Arena (Saturday Feb 20). Planet Rock will be running a 24-hour ticket pre-sale from 9am on Thursday September 24, followed by general on-sale via Ticketmaster from Friday September 25.

The arena tour follows King King’s upcoming October/ November 2015 UK tour. Tickets are available from thegigcartel.com or 0844 478 0898.

KING KING – 2015 UK TOUR

BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE     Wednesday October 21

BURY ST. EDMUNDS, THE APEX                 Thursday October 22

HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS                       Friday October 23

TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF                              Saturday October 24

COVENTRY, THE COPPER ROOMS             Sunday October 25

CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION             Tuesday October 27

HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME                     Thursday October 29

CLITHEROE, THE GRAND                               Friday October 30

GLENROTHES, ROTHES HALL                       Saturday October 31

YORK, FIBBERS                                                  Sunday November 1

CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE                  Tuesday November 3

HULL, FRUIT                                                       Wednesday November 4

FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN                      Friday November 6

SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS                Saturday November 7

LONDON, ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY        Wednesday November 11

BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX                                 Thursday November 12

SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE                Friday November 13

MORCAMBE, THE PLATFORM                     Saturday November 14

SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN                Sunday November 15

 

 

Download 2015

We’ve got some great photographs courtesy of our friends at Billibee Creative Limited© from this year’s ‘Download’

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Black Stone Cherry
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Black Veil Brides
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Cadillac Three
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Dead Daisies
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Enter Shikari
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Godsmack
Godsmack
H.E.A.T
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Lamb of God
Lamb of God
Malefice
Malefice

 

Marilyn Manson
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Modestep
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Motiionless In White
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Rival State
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Testament
Testament
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