SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2nd via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).
Watch the video for the title track here
The new album Thunderbolt will feature original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
“This is album 22 and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we’ve been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it’s finished ready to be unleashed. Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford
Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave.
With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.
Thunderbolt Track Listing
1. Olympus Rising
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
7. Sons of Odin
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl
Thunderbolt is available to pre-order in the following formats:
CD Album in Digipack
180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
A Special Edition Boxset
Make Me Sing
Home Sweet Home
Cut To The Chase
Potential Love Bug
Since Tuesday are a band of talented young performers based in southern eastern Australia and, as you would reasonably presume, have been creating their music together since Tuesday. Well…a Tuesday anyway. In fact, one particular Tuesday back in May 2014 brought about the collaboration of Trish Thompson, Sophie von Tunk, Maddi Cram and Beau Dixon.
In order to maintain some semblance of privacy around our protagonists and their individual particulars, I will simply offer a single remark when one discovers the age of these performers, namely ‘DAMN’. This young, this creative and this professional is a collection of descriptors I do not assemble lightly, however they are appropriate none the less.
Perhaps is something in the water within the hamlets that nestle among greenery with the southern waves lapping at their boundaries, but a symbiosis between music and nature is immediately evident. The cover art by Margy Doherty illustrates the strumming solo virtuoso perched aloft a particularly obliging whale, and is aptly representative of the recording contents. Doubtless resulting from their serene surroundings, abundant in natures inspirations, stems the band member’s affinity for mastery of a multitude of instruments.
For this recording Trish provides her angelic tones as lead vocalist, but also has the trumpet and ukulele surrendering to her harmonic will. Sophie von Tunk provides in sensational style the keyboards, harmonies and saxophone while Maddi Cram shreds gently on acoustic guitar and Beau Dixon keeps the band together in time by bay of the Cajon. Not one of these musicians is limited by their contributions within this collection of songs, not it seems is their prowess for musical creativity. Indie Pop would probably ring true with most connoisseurs but what this recording demonstrates is the group’s proficiency for diversity. A truly impressive collage of styles is infused within this collection of tracks. Seamless blending of inspiration often catch the ear throughout this tremendous assembly of soulful serenades.
Little wonder this album is so finely tuned because is recorded, mixed and mastered by none other than the incredibly talented Pete Bird at YELP Studios, Warrnambool, Victoria. Pete is a master in the studio and the very embodiment of all that is positive in music along with being an ambassador of what rhythm and lyric can mean to one’s life.
Mystery is a sensational entwinement of indie and contemporary folk, bursting with youthful appeal and a sense of a whole life laid out ahead. Littered with lyrics representative of life’s highs and lows, this brilliant piece cannot be robbed of its glorious sunny outlook.
Home Sweet Home is an honest offering musically and quite reserved in delivery when one considers the lyrical instructions to get out of my house, and right out of town for that matter. A sensational beat with each element provided its opportunity to shine, but what is most impressive is the infusion of a jazz trumpet bridge which is included to utter perfection.
The beautiful acoustic string plucking introduction to Make Me Sling, along with that familiar beat often our accompaniment on an elevator ride, ushers in Trish and her beautiful voice complemented superbly by Sophie. This track is something truly superb as it ebbs and flows in style to accompany the lyrics. An ever evolving track that you wish would go on forever but the band bring the track to a halt superbly.
Cut To The Chase commences like in a gentle flowing fashion with instrumental elements climbing aboard in an impressive, progressive motion. I cannot help but be reminded of the introduction to Golden Brown by The Stranglers circa 1981, but because of the splendid inventiveness rather than similarity in sound and styling. Slightly less harpsichord too. This track offers another example of the group’s ability to use timing and style variations to their advantage, making this seem a genre all its own.
Along plucks a simple introduction to City before a pacier guitar track provides the aural illusion of that laid back country feel thrust into the hustle and bustle. An apt title indeed as the stars and moon disappear into the lights of a city-scape and elements that provide eerie sense of foreboding. Not that this track is in any way malevolent, but the big city feel has been blended to a tee.
Potential Love Bug is a simple track completing the collection is glorious fashion. As an easy listeners delight, this track is sequenced masterfully because it reminds you of the simple and raw talent assembled in the band, musically and lyrically, along with the fact that the band leaves you hungry for more.
To hear this much talent, assembled together, young of age along with the benefit of experience, sound guidance and uninhibited musical passion, is tremendously exciting. Nothing but good can come from this magnificent collaboration and we, the learned few, swelling daily in number and ardour, remain the beneficiaries. Keep writing, keep producing and please keep recording. Bravura.
You can get your copy of this album on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SinceTuesdayPortland
Back to Me
How Will You Live
On the Inside
If We Were Ghosts
Get ready to be bewildered, thrashed and thoroughly throttled as this unbelievable album blows the cobwebs from every corner of your existence and has you screaming in delight with hellfire and angst blasting from every orifice.
Think that’s overdoing it? Yeah! Wait ‘till you hear it.
I think is fair to suggest that the pressure was on in earnest for Of Mice & Men following the departure of Austin Carlile last year and the band would have been cognisant of the long faces and broken hearts amongst the fan faithful, when tours were cancelled and many suspected this would be the end. But in ferocious form, the band were not about to lay down defeated, obviously aware that the beast that is the mighty Of Mice And Men Sound was now its own entity and could not be silenced.
Right from the opening title track the listener is assured that there is no deviation from their remarkable signature sound, but by the time Instincts has reached finale, you are left breathless in bewildered awe. How? How is this possible at all? Aaron has taken to the mic like a bear to the woods, doing therein what bears do. Or put it a little more directly…natural, impressive and powerful and the man has managed to inject his sense of rhythm into his vocal delivery, to perfection.
But the true beauty of this collection is an almighty achievement, within an achievement, namely one member short, yet staying true to the sound, creating a phenomenal album in the face of adversity, and still managing to pull off an incredibly diverse record, proving that, if I may quote Mr Robert Burns himself, “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, but sheer determination, effort of will along with a consciousness of what can be achieved, a realisation is made manifest through pure desire. And what a realisation this album is. Melodic, powerful and almighty. This collection is hit after hit, high point after high point and Vertigo appears at the most apt time in sequencing genius, because you realise there is only mountain peaks within this album and not a valley in sight. We are soaring so high that vertigo could be an appropriate warning on the label.
The band put their own spin on Pink Floyd’s Money, beefing up the pace from original, composed in mainly 7/8 time, and providing an instrumental punch that could not be previously envisaged. Except, of course, by the living, breathing, fire eating, venom spitting Of Mice And Men. Just ferocious. I suspect Roger himself might offer an impressed exclamation of ‘fuck yeah’!
How Will You Live is, like each track before, perfectly sequenced and resulting in Money as being a mid-album ‘breather’ for contemplation and raw enjoyment, before we are offered a harmonic open hand to re-join the OMAM journey.
Just like ‘water from a stone’, On The Inside heralds the message that the band just keep finding more and more brilliance and if Valentino at the kit doesn’t get your hair raised already, the very thought of this track performed live will have you panting in eager anticipation.
Warzone ups the ante in every possible way, but what would you expect from a title like that than a barrage of full metalcore jacketed warheads, inbound and hot. Damn, you can see the circle pits forming already. At midpoint the band introduce the concept of harmony and a possibility of peace, but as negotiations break down and the tensions build, the inevitability of war arrives back at the fore.
Forever YDG’n could never have been more appropriate. You’ll get it.
If We Were Ghosts is the perfect finale to this sensational collection. Soulful and sensational musically, lyrically and vocally superb, and the subject matter…I’ll leave that all to you, your thoughts, your tears, your hope, your pain, your longing.
Fans need to have not shredded a single tear with contemplation of the Of Mice & Men end of days. The odds stacking firmly against this powerful force was as futile an act of defiance as flipping the bird at an attacking shark. To think that circumstance and ill fate would hamper the best laid plans of mice and men, and destiny or doom would bring about a halt to Of Mice & Men. The cornered mouse becomes a raging bull and Defy is the result.
Some of those who enabled the drawing of such a glorious phoenix from the ashes of potential destruction were Howard Benson (producer), Mike Polotnikoff (Engineered and co-produced), Ted Jensen (Mastered), Chris Lord (Alge mixing) and of course, Of Mice And Men.
One of the most reflective rappers of today, LUPE FIASCO returns to Australia and New Zealand to perform in full his now Modern Classic debut album ‘Food & Liquor’.
LUPE FIASCO reinvigorated hip hop with the release of his highly anticipated debut album, 2006’s Food & Liquor. Creative, imaginative and void of all hip-hop clichés, the album waxed poetic on personal and political plights, paving the path for a socially conscious superstar to emerge. The album’s notable tracks were aimed at righting the wrongs of society’s ills, such as “American Terrorist,” which denounces America’s association with terrorism, “Daydreamin” which tackles the genre’s preoccupation with materialism and misogyny, and the lead single “Kick Push” which synced the seemingly unconnected worlds of hip hop and skateboarding.
Amidst sparking a brand of alternative hip-hop and becoming the most compelling rap album of 2006, LUPE FIASCO’S Food & Liquor peaked at No 1 on the Billboard Top 10 and received three nominations for the Grammy Awards including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance.
“Considered one of the smartest and sharpest minds in all of hip hop…Food & Liquor made Lupe Fiasco a brand name and put him in the hearts of hip hop heads everywhere.” – Genius
“Without dipping his toes into violent imagery, wanton obscenity or other hip-hop clichés, Fiasco reflects on the personal and the political, and reminds fans of everything hip-hop can be.” – Rolling Stone
Since his seismic debut LUPE FIASCO has won several gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications among a slew of hit singles which include “The Show Goes On,” “Battle Scars,” with Australia’s own Guy Sebastian and “Old School Love,” which features Ed Sheeran.
Join LUPE FIASCO as he pays homage to his enlightening critically acclaimed debut ‘Food & Liquor’ as well as a spin of selections from his greatest hits.
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THURSDAY 11TH JANUARY – EATONS HILL HOTEL, BRISBANE – 18+
FRIDAY 12TH JANUARY – FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE – 18+
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SUNDAY 14TH JANUARY – THE GOV, ADELAIDE – 18+
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FRIDAY 19TH JANUARY – POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND -18+
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