Review: Gravity Festival 2019

The Station, Cannock – October 19th 2019

Reviewer / photos: Dan Mann

Last Saturday was the inaugural Gravity Festival, held at the Station, Cannock. Unfortunately due to other commitments I missed the first two bands, so first off the bat for me was the excellent Trident Waters. First chance to see them live and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

Next on the line up was False Hearts, a female fronted outfit very much in the Halestorm school of rock. It’s great to see young bands showing their worth, however not my cup of tea personally.

Next up were 4th Labyrinth, something a little different genre wise, offering hints of Uriah Heep, and supplying a thoroughly entertaining set.

It was great to finally get a chance to see Fugitive, a band offering a fine style of NWOBHM inspired rock. A band who deserved a bigger audience in my humble opinion.

Next was my first chance to see a firm favourite of mine, Kent rockers Wicked Stone with their new line up.

Did they deliver? Damn right they did, they delivered in spades, the crowd pressed up to the barrier rocking out to an enthusiastic performance.

Then we were onto another firm favourite of mine, another Kent band who I’ve in fact seen four times this year!

Collateral continue to go from strength to strength and they certainly had plenty of fans in the audience.

This was my first time seeing the Burning Crows, although I’m familiar with their material. Again a band who entertained the crowd with an energetic set.

Next up was Dead Man’s Whiskey, a band who if I’m honest I prefer recorded rather than live and this occasion didn’t do anything to change that view. The crowd seemed to be enjoying them so what do I know?

The headliners Mason Hill were delayed coming onstage which meant that unfortunately I had to miss their set for personal reasons.

I cannot end the review without mentioning the loudest compère and indeed the most enthusiastic in the business, Pete K Mally (He’s also an author you know) for his superb job.

A couple of small grumbles regarding the venue, I think they’ve inherited the floor from the old Marquee as it was somewhat sticky underfoot and the stage lighting wasn’t great from a photographer’s point of view but these are things easily sorted long before Gravity Festival 2020.

I must congratulate Shaun and his team for putting together a thoroughly enjoyable event. Roll on the next one!

 

 

 

Review: Wicked Stone – Devil In Me (EP)

Factory Music (September 13th 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Okay let’s start by placing my cards on the table. Wicked Stone, yes I’m a fan!

I first saw them supporting RavenEye at Leo’s Red Lion and when I was booking bands to play the second Fibrofest, Wicked Stone instantly came to mind as a band we needed back at Leo’s.

It’s been a bit of a wait for new material since the band’s release of ‘Ain’t No Rest‘ in 2017, but with everyone working and with other commitments it’s more than understandable.

So, was it worth the wait, a wait that seems longer being an inpatient fan?

Two words……….damn right!

One thing I like about Wicked Stone‘s releases is they capture the full on intensity of the band’s live shows. Fat riffs and a pounding bass & drumline help propel the tracks deep inside your earlugs.

From the opening onslaught of ‘Couldn’t Take Anymore‘ to the last track on the EP, ‘Devil In Me‘ you don’t catch a breather, the infectious, foot stomping assault gives no quarter.

This is a ‘no brainer’, add ‘Devil In Me‘ to your music collection.

After receiving the promo came news of line up change. I hope the band manage to get onto that illusive next rung and get the attention they justly deserve.

 

British rockers Wicked Stone have released an Official Lyric video for ‘Couldn’t Take Anymore‘.

Formed in 2015, Wicked Stone wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of the UK’s hottest up and coming acts. Their debut album, ‘Ain’t No Rest’, was released in October 2017 to critical acclaim. With a sound that references the touchstones of classic rock but with an unmistakably modern edge, ‘Ain’t No Rest’ won the band a whole legion of fans.

Wicked Stone are a formidable live act, thriving on the interaction between band and audience, ensuring that their live shows are fun and exhilarating and most importantly

unforgettable. The band has appeared across the country, winning over audiences everywhere, none more so than at their acclaimed appearances at the prestigious Ramblin’ Man Fair, Breaking Bands, Planet Rock’s Winters End, Fibrofest and Hard Rock Hell festivals.

Their up-coming new release, ‘Devil In Me‘, set for release Friday 13th September 2019, sees Wicked

Stone’s take on a more powerful, harder edge without sacrificing the anthemic choruses and big hooks for which they are renowned. Lyrically more mature, musically more evolved, their high-energy new opus looks set to take the music world by storm.

Wicked Stone will be hitting the road at the end of the year in support of their new E.P. Catch them in a city near you. Get ready for the ride…

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Kent hard rockers Wicked Stone have just released the first track, ‘Unchained‘, from their upcoming new EP ‘Devil In Me‘.

Devil In Me‘ will be released on September 13th 2019.

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Formed in 2015, Wicked Stone wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of the UK’s hottest up and coming acts. Their debut album, ‘Ain’t No Rest’, was released in October 2017 to critical acclaim. With a sound that references the touchstones of classic rock but with an unmistakably modern edge, ‘Ain’t No Rest’ won the band a whole legion of fans.

Wicked Stone are a formidable live act, thriving on the interaction between band and audience, ensuring that their live shows are fun and exhilarating and most importantly unforgettable. The band has appeared across the country, winning over audiences everywhere, none more so than at their acclaimed appearances at the prestigious Ramblin’ Man Fair, Breaking Bands, Planet Rock’s Winters End,Hard Rock Hell and Fibrofest festivals.

Their up-coming new release, ‘Devil In Me‘, sees Wicked Stone’s take on a more powerful, harder edge without sacrificing the anthemic choruses and big hooks for which they are renowned. Lyrically more mature, musically more evolved, their high-energy new opus looks set to take the music world by storm.

Wicked Stone will be hitting the road at the end of the year in support of their new E.P. Catch them in a city near you. Get ready for the ride…

Line up:

Joe Hawx – Vocals

James Forrister – guitar

Olly Smith – Drums

James Amos – Bass

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Formed in 2015, Wicked Stone wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of the UK’s hottest up and coming acts. Their debut album, ‘Ain’t No Rest’, was released in October 2017 to critical acclaim. With a sound that references the touchstones of classic rock but with an unmistakably modern edge, ‘Ain’t No Rest’ won the band a whole legion of fans.

Wicked Stone are a formidable live act, thriving on the interaction between band and audience, ensuring that their live shows are fun and exhilarating and most importantly unforgettable. The band has appeared across the country, winning over audiences everywhere, none more so than at their acclaimed appearances at the prestigious Ramblin’ Man Fair, Breaking Bands, Planet Rock’s Winters End, Hard Rock Hell and Fibrofest festivals.

Their up-coming new release, ‘Devil In Me‘, set for release Friday 13th September 2019, sees Wicked Stone’s take on a more powerful, harder edge without sacrificing the anthemic choruses and big hooks for which they are renowned. Lyrically more mature, musically more evolved, their high-energy new opus looks set to take the music world by storm.

Wicked Stone will be hitting the road at the end of the year in support of their new E.P. Catch them in a city near you. Get ready for the ride…

Line up:

Joe Hawx – Vocals

James Forrister – guitar

Olly Smith – Drums

James Amos – Bass

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So the main camping festival season comes to an end over the August bank holiday and people are already planning their 2018 events. Breaking Bands are pleased to announce a super 7 additions to the already exciting line-up for the 4th edition of the award winning festival.

Firstly, bringing the party core to the festival, from Leeds is a band that have fun playing their unique brand of infectious rap metal. We are excited to announce Pulverise to the line-up. For fans of Skindred, Sumo Cyco and Stuck Mojo you are guaranteed to be always moving from start to finish of their set.

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Next up, a 3 piece stoner/doom band from Nottingham getting booked up for everything at the moment and really making a name for themselves across the music world. After 3 years of fans asking, we finally have Witch Tripper playing Breaking Bands Festival. For fans of Clutch, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, there is plenty of groove to come from this trio!

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We’ve already had the fan favourite band Wicked Stone confirmed to return as voted for by this years fans of the festival. We are now adding a festival crew vote as well. The small team work tirelessly all weekend from 10am until 2am and not a single complaint from them. It’s rare to see such dedication to the job, but its paid off as they won ‘Best Stage Crew’ at the Obscure Chaos-Zine Awards.

So with that, the crew unanimously voted back Vain Galen based on not just the quality of the band but their all round professionalism over the weekend. Their willingness to help out. The nothing is too much trouble attitude and the crew wanted repay this with an invite back. Who are we to say no? Vain Galen are a 3 piece hard rock band from London for fans of Therapy?, Helmet and Tool. With passion, energy and raw emotion, these guys had the crowd bouncing this year on stage 3 and they are set to do it again next year on the main stage.

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Known for being a stand out live band at many festivals they have played and boasting support slots for bands such as Saxon, Queensryche, Anvil, Skindred, Sepultura and many others, this next band is a must see at Breaking Bands Festival 2018. Bringing us some old skool thrash, from Portsmouth is Dendera. For fans of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Megadeth, Dendera will be ready to make some noise to impress the masses.

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So that just leaves us with Saturday night… a trio of awesome bands combining hard rock, sleaze and a smidge of glam too! Dedicating Saturday night to the quite well known and well loved Stevi Rox as he starts his 50th Birthday celebrations we introduce the ‘sleazy-trash-glam-punk-classic-rocknroll’ party!

So to begin the trio we introduce to you Psychobabylon, a 5 piece hard rock/punk band from Leeds. Describing themselves as a 10 legged rock n roll machine who will take your senses on a rock rollercoaster ride, these guys are energetic and ready to bring the party game! For fans of 3 Colours Red, Backyard Babies and Alice in Chains.

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Part 2 of the party brings the return of the sleaze and glam of Nottingham’s finest, New Generation Superstars. The band appeared on the acoustic stage in the first year of the festival back in 2015 but the guys have been attending the festival ever since as fans of the music. For those who haven’t managed to see this award winning band over the past 10 years, you will be in for a treat as they sub-headline Saturday evening. For fans of The Wildhearts, Social Distortion and Backyard Babies.

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And to end this announcement with our Saturday headline band, we bring one of the best Scottish bands to the festival. Having tried and failed for many logistical reasons the past few years, we have finally got pen to paper and proudly announce Estrella will be bringing their full on energetic music awash with melody, riffs, thunderous beats & anthemic choruses – a fresh new rock sound for today! With influences ranging from Def Leppard, AC/DC, Van Halen, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi you can be rest assured that Saturday night will end on one hell of a party!

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It’s not too late to apply to play the festival if you are a band in the UK. Go to the website and fill in an application but hurry as applications will be closing in September.

Glamping is now on sale with fully furnished complate glamping tents available for less than £200 for the weekend. For glamping booking and for weekend tickets, go to http://www.breakingbandsfestival.com

 

Wicked Stone, the Hard Rock band hailing from Kent, UK have today released a brand new video for the track ‘One Time‘, taken from their upcoming album ‘Ain’t No Rest‘.

Having made a name for themselves with energetic live performances, including appearances at last year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and this year’s Fibrofest, the band will be launching their new album on Saturday 7th October at Folkestone Quarterhouse. A free copy of the album with every ticket.

It’s also been announced that the band have been added to what is already an exciting bill, for Hard Rock Hell XI held Thursday 9th and Sunday 12th Nov 2017, in Pwllheli, North Wales.

Line-up:

Joe Hawx – Vocals
Ryan Stageman- Guitar
James Forrister – Lead Guitar
Olly Smith- Drums
James Amos- Bass

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