Monthly Archives: November 2012

Playlist 30/11/12

Attica Rage – Killer Carousel

Toadstool – Hands Of Time

Buckcherry – Lit Up

Texas Hippie Coalition – Hands Up

Inherit The Stars – Citizens Of Earth

Furyon Interview + Don’t Follow

Ancient Ascendant Interview + Blood Calls

RISE: I AM I Interview + Your The Voice (John Farnham cover)

Engraved Disillusion – Embers Of Existance

Lazarus Syndrome – Forsaken

Death Valley Knights Interview + Promises

Fear Factory – New Messiah

Devin Townsend – Save Our Now

Texas Hippie Coalition – Think Of Me


Playlist 23/11/12

Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart

Tremonti – Wish You Well

Red Dancers Cometh – Wild

Attica Rage – Killer Carousel

Slayer – Raining Blood

Witchsorrow Interview

Aura Noir Interview + Schitzoid Paranoid

Textures – Consonant Hemisphere

My Dying Bride – Kneel Till Doomsday

Behemoth – Christians to the Wolves

Machine Head – Locust

Alice Cooper – Feed My Frankenstein

Soil Interview + Halo

Led Zeppelin – Kashmir

Babylon Fire – Album Launch @ NQ Live 17/11/2012



Damagescape / I.C.O.N. / Derision

NQ Live, Manchester. 17th Nov. 2012


            It was getting a bit cold outside by the time I rolled up to NQ Live, but this wouldn’t be the case for long. DAMAGESCAPE were already on stage and I was gutted to miss the beginning as they are a band I’ve never seen before and I was really looking forward to them. However, my disappointment was short-lived as they strode through their brief set of five tracks with well-rehearsed professionalism and delivered them all to an appreciative crowd that loved every one of the their good, old-school style rock songs. A couple of the songs were ballads and lead singer and guitarist Gemma Fox’s sultry voice was just perfect for these.

            I.C.O.N. was next up on stage. Another band that were new to me, and was I in for a surprise! They assaulted my ears with a no-nonsense approach to performing their particular brand of Heavy Metal with brutal vocals and in your face shredding guitar. The rest of the band were no slouches either, with thunderous drumming and solid bass lines. For me, Mark Sagar on vocals was the star of their set. He was always encouraging the crowd to get going and participate one way or another, whilst delivering his vocals with growling efficiency.

            The crowd had been steadily increasing throughout the sets of the first two support bands and was now getting to a healthy size when DERISION fired up their set. And, they were LOUD! DERISION, to my eyes, gave the impression of being Lancashire’s answer to the Vikings; all long hair and beards, and totally unafraid to come out and commit violence in the name of their hardcore Heavy Metal. Their violence being made with screaming and shredding guitars, hammering drums that Thor himself would have been proud of, and bass that sends the sensation of cold steel passing through your body. The growling vocals just added to the immensity of this band. I thought they had that old school thrash sound in places that Evile have, (DERISION supported them at their recent Manchester gig), and some pleasant melodic tunage in places occasionally that fitted in nicely. All three support bands did their job of warming up the appreciative crowd well, and I would recommend going to all of them to you all; you will not be disappointed by any of them.

            There was just time for a trip to the bar, (it’s thirsty work watching all these bands, you know), and a natter with friends old and new before the sound of the evening’s headline act, and the main reason we were all in attendance, making final tuning adjustments grabbed our attention and engaged us in the jostle for position to best view one of Rocksector Records rising stars; BABYLON FIRE! They enter the stage to the intro of the instrumental track Gates to Oblivion before firing into The Clarion Call. This is the opening track from the debut album, Dark Horizons, and one I’ve heard them trying out live before they went into the studio to record said album when they supported Revoker earlier this year. It has improved since then and the live performance now was better than listening to the cd. The crowd were well and truly up for this gig, and they showed just how much by all the jumping around, head banging and fist-pumping throughout this opening and, indeed, throughout the entire set! Darkness Draws Me In opened up with some thumping drumming from Mark Cooper before Rishi Mehta and Ryk Swillo joined their frenetic sticksman on guitar and bass respectively. This song has a great mix of hard riffs and melodic interludes capped with powerful vocals from a frontman that prowls the stage all night like a tiger in a cage looking for an escape. Mark Dunford’s vocal skills have matured significantly from when I first saw them at SOS Fest in 2010 to a point where he has now reached the level that is perfect for that BABYLON FIRE sound.

            The night was all about the album, and we were treated to eleven out of the twelve tracks on the cd, (only Cycle Of Addiction was missing), plus Freight Train from their The Day The Angels Died EP, including my personal favourites of I still Remember, Shattered Crown and Stripped Away. Every song was greeted with immense enthusiasm from the healthy crowd who never stopped moving all night; proof that live music is still one of the best experiences you can have with your clothes on, (probably!). And, it obviously spurred the band on as you could see how much it meant to them to be playing the music that they have nurtured from the seeds of small ideas, through the conception of arrangement, and onwards to the birth of their opus and the naming of Dark Horizons, and the reception that each and every song received. This album rates as one of my favourites of the year, and one that I cannot ever see myself tiring of. It may have been a long time coming, but believe me, it has been more than worth the wait! And, by the way that merchandise was shifting; I’d say that those parting with their hard-earned readies were in agreement.

            Keep your eyes open for all the bands mentioned above; buy their music and go see them live. It’s better than watching them on video streaming sites and helps them finance any future releases.


BABYLON FIRE – set list

Intro (Gates to Oblivion)

The Clarion Call

Darkness Draws Me In

Blood In Blood Out

Stripped Away


Shattered Crown

I Still Remember

Wrath of The Fallen

Within The Mouth of Madness

Freight Train

Rise Through Babylon


James McPhillips

Playlist 16/11/12

Mastodon – Oblivion

Pain – The Great Pretender

Parkway Drive – Old Ghosts, New Regrets

Doro – Hero

Babylon Fire – Blood In Blood Out

Lacuna Coil Interview + Our Truth

4Bitten – Live For Today

Alice Cooper – I’m Eighteen

Bury Tomorrow – Lionheart

Sabaton Interview with Joakim Broden + Carolus Rex

Soil – Halo

Hammerfall – Crimson Thunder

Viza – Victor’s Sister

Machine Head – Halo

Playlist 09/11/12

Pitchshifter – Genius

II II II – Dog’s Lost His Bone

Tremonti – So You’re Afraid 

Derision – Pain Of Conviction

Huron – Fight For Your Life

Seven Deadly – From This Darkness

Triaxis Interview + Black Trinity

The Atrocity Exhibit – Beneath A Steel Sky

Nya – You Are

Pain Walking On Glass

RISE: Caricature – Iris

Absolva Interview Pt. 1 + Code Red

Doro feat. Lemmy – It Still Hurts

Absolva Interview Pt. 2 + Flames Of Justice

Baylon Fire – Demonocracy 

Incassum – Redemption






Dear almighty metallers! All hail a new arrival! Manchester based rockers BABYLON FIRE are set to release their first full length album “Dark Horizons” on November 12 through Rocksector Records. After half a decade of gigging, an EP (The Days The Angels Died), and the departure of guitarist Will Reece, we now find Mark Dunford (vocals), Rishi Mehta (guitar), Ryk Swillo (bass) and Mark Cooper (drums) have now created an album which is more than just for sweaty teens to run around in a mosh pit to. Real heavy metallers can happily head bang to this liking what they hear. Bullet for My Valentine plus Iron Maiden plus Machine Head plus Mancunian accents equals Babylon Fire.

BABYLON FIRE have already proved themselves to be worthy as they have been supporting the likes of Orange Goblin, Beholder and Fury UK as well as Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson promoting the band on his BBC6 show. Bruce certainly knows what he’s on about!

Unlike a lot of heavy metal bands, the majority of songs on Dark Horizons show a new side, a new sound, and new skill of the band. The fusion of the guitar riffs with the funky bass and the unique drum beats creates a perfect foundation for Mark Dunford to showcase his intensely strong vocals.

Opening track, The Clarion Call, is full of anger with the lyric ‘nothing is ever just quite what it seems’.  The 47 second guitar solo from Rishi Mehta is rather impressive making The Clarion Call one to listen to and appreciate. My personal favourite, Darkness Draws Me In, can’t help but remind me of a track that you’d hear on Burnout Revenge when playing in Road Rage mode. It is packed with adrenaline and fear. They’re all the components you need when in a heavy metal band. At the start, the suspense from the drum beat by Mark Cooper creates tension ready for it to erupt. The tempo backs off a little for track 4, Stripped Away, and you can tell from the first 4 bars that this is gonna be epic. Hence the name of the song, they do actually strip away the virtuosic skill for a section in the middle and it goes all Avenged Sevenfold. Shattered Crown is another great tune! If you don’t tap your foot to this I’ll just assume your feet have been nailed to the floor. Gates To Oblivion is a nice little psychological acoustic instrumental that breaks off from the fast-paced forceful BABYLON FIRE we’re used to and yet it is still full of the same skill. Within The Mouth Of Madness is the heaviest track on the album, making it a great song. I Still Remember makes you want to unleash your inner rocker and is a superb number to conclude the supreme Dark Horizons.

BABYLON FIRE seem as though they were raised 80’s metal and fed on steel. Combine the two and a real modern heavy metal band is formulated. Although some of the songs have similarities, none of the power and passion is lost in any of them. The BABYLON FIRE boys have made quite a solid impact with their debut demonstrating that they will be on the scene for a long time to come.

Dark Horizons is released on November 12th, with the official album launch party at NQ Live, (formerly Moho Live), in Manchester on November 17th. Opening the evening will be Damagescape, with sets from I.C.O.N and Derision before BABYLON FIRE take the stage. Tickets are priced at £6 and are available from the venue, Ticketline, and directly from the band. Get yourselves to the show and support live music, and buy this album as well! You will not be disappointed.



Jessica Clifford

November 2012

Michael Schenker – Temple Of Rock: Live In Europe




inakustik is pleased to announce the December 3rd release of Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock: Live in Europe on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Deluxe Edition. 

This essential live rock’n’roll release includes songs performed live in Tilburg, The Netherlands in May 2012, plus songs performed at London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival.

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Stephen Fourie

At the ripe age of 15, after a very early start in his professional music career recording his first album with the Scorpions and after joining UFO age 17, Michael Schenker focused exclusively on lead guitar and pure self-expression.

The second chapter in his career was focused on experimenting and developing his expertise on a more musical and personal level. With excellent musicians, friends and fans from all over the world, this live recording is part of this celebration.

Doogie White. Photo Credit: © Anthony May

Schenker sees his music as a building block in the construction of the Temple Of Rock.

“The Temple is almost finished,” explains Michael. “The foundation was laid in the 60s by Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. The walls were then built by UFO and others in the late 70s.  By the 80s it was further reinforced by the likes of the Scorpions, and many other influential rock bands.

“There’s not much new left to expect, but I am glad to be a part of this temple,” says Michael. “It’s unbelievable fun and an honor to share a stage and make music with some of the world’s best musicians.”

A concert from Tilburg, the Netherlands was recorded in May 2012 that noticeably distinguishes itself from previous releases due to the line-up that includes Michael Schenker (lead guitar), Doogie White (vocals), Herman Rarebell (drums), Francis Buchholz (bass) and Wayne Findley (rhythm guitar, keyboards).

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

Michael Schenker and his band. Photo Credit: © Vytenis Jurevicius

In addition to this Tilburg concert, fans can experience extracts from London’s 2011 High Voltage Festival with Michael Voss (vocals), featuring awe-inspiring guest appearances from Schenker’s friends and musical companions including his brother Rudolf Schenker (The Scorpions) who plays rhythm guitar on “Rock You Like a Hurricane”, “Hanging On” and “Doctor Doctor”, UFO’s Pete Way who plays bass guitar on “Doctor Doctor”, and vocalists Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey), and Doogie White, who jointly sing on “Doctor Doctor”.

All in all, there has never been such extensive and high quality material from Michael Schenker for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Francis Buchholz. Photo Credit: © Steve Johnston



  • Into The Arena
  • Armed And Ready
  • Lovedrive
  • Another Piece Of Meat
  • Hanging On
  • Cry For The Nations
  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • Coast To Coast
  • Assault Attack
  • Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • Lights Out
  • On And On
  • Let It Roll
  • Shoot Shoot
  • Rock You Like A Hurricane
  • Rock Bottom
  • Holiday
  • Blackout
  • Doctor Doctor 


Michael Schenker (lead guitars)
Doogie White (lead vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Francis Buchholz (bass)
Wayne Findlay (keyboards, guitars, backing vocals)
Michael Voss (lead vocals, guitar – Special guest on ‘Hanging On’)

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Sakura Henderson



  • Armed And Ready
  • Another Piece Of Meat
  • Rock You Like A Hurricane
    (ft. Rudolph Schenker)
  • Hanging On (ft. Rudolph Schenker)
  • Doctor Doctor (ft. Rudolph Schenker)


Michael Schenker (lead guitars)
Michael Voss (lead vocals, guitar)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Wayne Findlay (keyboards, guitars, backing vocals)
Elliott Dean Rubinson (bass)


Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar on Rock You Like A Hurricane, Hanging On, Doctor Doctor)
Pete Way (bass guitar on Doctor Doctor)
Jeff Scott Soto (vocals on Doctor Doctor)
Doogie White (vocals on Doctor Doctor)

Michael Schenker at High Voltage Festival 2011. Photo Credit: © Lee Millward


Recording from 2012’s Tilburg, Netherlands concert
Recording (extracts) from London’s 2011
High Voltage Festival

Recording from 2012’s Tilburg, Netherlands concert
Recording (extracts) from London’s 2011
High Voltage Festival
Bonus-Footage‚ Before The Show (Tilburg)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, dts, Stereo


Recording from 2012’s Tilburg, Netherlands concert
Recording (extracts) from London’s 2011
High Voltage Festival
Bonus-Footage‚ Before The Show (Tilburg)
Bonus-Footage‚ Sound check (Tilburg)
Audio: DTS HD Master, Stereo

Includes 2 CDs, 1 Blu-ray, 1 Bonus DVD.
Bonus DVD includes the following content:

  • Brighton Rehearsal
  • Doogie’s Video Impressions

Michael Schenker and his band. Photo Credit: © Vytenis Jurevicius


TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 478 0898

Michael Schenker. Photo Credit: © Steve Brinkman

Stockton on Tees – ARC
Tuesday 9 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01642 525 199
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LL

Aberdeen – Lemon Tree
Wednesday 10 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01224 641 122
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT

Edinburgh – HMV Picturehouse
Thursday 11 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 847 1740
Doors: 6.30pm / Stage: 7.00pm
31 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DJ

Newcastle – o2 Academy
Friday 12 April
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Doors: 6.30pm / Stage: 7.00pm
Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SW

Holmfirth – Picturedrome
Saturday 13 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 478 0898
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
Market Walk, Holmfirth, HD9 7DA

Warrington – Parr Hall
Sunday 14 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01925 442345
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
Palmyra Square South, Warrington, WA1 1BL

Falmouth – Princess Pavilion
Tuesday 16 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01326 211 222
Doors: 8.00pm / Stage: 8.30pm
41 Melvill Road, Falmouth, TR11 4AR

Bristol – o2 Academy
Wednesday 17 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Doors: 7.00pm / Stage: 7.30pm
Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA

Salisbury – City Hall
Thursday 18 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50
Box Office: 01722 434 434
Doors: 7.30pm / Stage: 8.00pm
Malthouse Lane,Salisbury, SP2 7TU

Oxford – o2 Academy
Friday 19 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Doors: 6.30pm / Stage: 7.00pm
190 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1UE

Nottingham – Rock City
Saturday 20 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0845 413 4444
Doors: 6.30pm / Stage: 7.00pm
8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG

Norwich – Waterfront
Sunday 21 April 2013
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 01603 508 050
Doors: 7.00pm / Stage: 7.30pm
139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH

Michael Schenker and his band. Photo Credit: © Renata Drukteinyte

Michael Schenker Essential Web Links

Michael Schenker – Official Website

Michael Schenker – Official Facebook

inakustik – Official Website

Mitch Lucker 1984 – 2012

It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.

NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.

He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.

Fans are encouraged to share their memories, photos of Mitch and condolences on the band’s official Facebook page: