Monthly Archives: September 2011

Playlist – 30th September 2011

Cthonic – Takao
Coal Chamber – Loco
Mishkin – On Your Sleeve
Interview – Further from the truth (Metal Fringe 2011)
Further from the truth – Demonise
Interview – Project Metropolis (Metal Fringe 2011)
Y&T – Dirty Girl
Unloved – Cry for nothing
Lawnmower Deth – Motorhead (cover)
Within Temptation – Blue Eyes
Interview – AB Negative (Metal Fringe 2011)
AB Negative – Sadness in status
Interview – Down the machine (Metal Fringe 2011)
Down the machine – Know you place
Sworn to Oath – Last Call
Myrath – Under Siege
L’Esprit Du Clan – Athest Metal
Five Finger Death Punch – Under and Over it


Playlist 23rd Sept 2011


IManowar – Return of the Warlord

Helloween – The sage, the fool, the sinner

Profane Omen – Wastehead

Attica Rage – Through the inner eye

Die so Fluid – Existential Baby

Interview – Pure Negative (Bloodstock 2011)

Interview – Nightvision (SOS Festival 2011)

Something Old: Girlschool – C’mon Lets Go

Something New: Nightvision – So Many Lies

Something Borrowed: The Wildhearts – Cheers theme tune

Something Blue: Iced Earth – Red Barron/Blue Max

Interview – Population Four (SOS Festival 2011)

Interview – Deep in the mire (Metal Fringe Leeds 2011)

Deep in the mire – Again

Primevil – Wake Up Dead

Unloved – Highway

Playlist 16th Sept. 2011

Chasing Dragons – Into The Pit

Shining – Fortvivian, Min Arvedel

Amaranthe interview

Amaranthe – Amaranthine

Babylon Fire interview

Babylon Fire – Strength

The Boneyard interview

The Boneyard – Welcome to the Boneyard

Something OLD: Scorpions – No One Like You

Something New: Unloved – Highway

Something Borrowed: Incubus – Turning Japanese

Something Blue: Nightvision – Post Tour Blues

Spires interview

Spires – Symmetry

Exit State interview

Exit State – Check Out The Crazy

Pseudonympho interview

Pseudonympho – Animals

Machinae Supremacy – I Know The Reaper


All the full interviews played tonight will be uploaded onto our Soundcloud group. Watch this space!!!!

Exit State: Black Veins

Release Date: 3rd October, 2011

After their debut album, Death Of A Rock Star, I wondered if one of Lancashire’s finest bands would be able to top their previous offering, or would they suffer second album syndrome. I need not have worried as Black Veins pats it on the head and tickles it under it’s chin as it gently moves it aside before proceeding to smack us round the chops and point us in the direction that Exit State are aiming; as high and as far as they can reach.

Black Veins opens with a bit of a punk-like vibe in Enough Already. The rhythm section of Texas Peat Hicks and Phil Ireland setting their stall with some astute skin-bashing and hardcore basslines before the guitars of Adam Stephenson and Roy Bright take up their mantle and hit us with their energy. Add to this Roy’s angry vocals and you have one hell of an album opener. This track may lull you into thinking that Exit State have changed direction completely, but you couldn’t be more wrong, they have just added an extra string to their bow and this just serves to make them a more powerful force to be reckoned with.

Follow that up with In That Place which is, to me, a tale of escapism from an abusive relationship to somewhere free of torment. A place of safety in one’s mind where no-one and nothing can touch you. This song has true feeling and stirs the mind. The album is filled with surprises and a true variation of power, emotion, and energy that will take us on a rollercoaster ride to leave us in no doubt that Exit State have matured into a rock band with exceptional song-writing skills and a level of musicianship that cries out for success. Check Out The Crazy is one of my personal favourites, I can’t help but smile when I listen to it. But then, I have that silly grin on my face throughout the entire cd. The title track is a seriously strong contender for best song on the album, but I think that title belongs to All For You. Heartfelt lyrics accompanied by piano before a stunning solo from Gizz Butt sends shivers down your spine. I could extemporise and wax lyrical about this song for ages, but it really is a song that I don’t have the words to do it justice. It needs to be heard, just like the whole album, to be appreciated for what it really is – a masterpiece.

In my humble opinion, this just happens to be my favourite album of the year thus far. It has been a labour of love for the band, a perfection in production, and a dance through the emotions for this listener. Packaged with fantastic cover art, Black Veins will take you on a trip you will hope will never end. Right, I’m off to listen to it again… and again… and again… (you get the gist).

James McPhillips

Playlist 9th Sept. 2011

The Soulless – Our Return

Head On – Sunrise

Hellfighter – Damnation’s Wings

INTERVIEW: Sideman from 1349 @ Bloodstock Festival

INTERVIEW: Inferno @ SOS Festival

Inferno – Veni Vidi Vici

INTERVIEW: Chasing Dragons @ Leeds Metal Fringe Festival

Chasing Dragons – Into The Pit Website

Something Old…’: Girl – Little Miss Ann

Something New…’: Opeth – The Devil’s Orchard

Something Borrowed…’: Benedictum – Overture/Temples Of Syrinx

Something Blue…’: Trucker Diablo – Black And Blue

INTERVIEW: Attica Rage @ SOS Festival

Attica Rage – Technofear

INTERVIEW: Powerquest @ Bloodstock Festival

Mishkin – A Good Day To Die Website

INTERVIEW: Mishkin @ Leeds Metal Fringe Festival

All the interviews played tonight will appear on SoundCloud.
Many thanks to: Leeds Festival Fringe and the Metal Fringe 2011
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