- ABSOLVA – HARSH REALITY
- WHILE SHE SLEEPS – STEAL THE SUN
- SKAM – SOLDIERS OF ROCK
- CRIPPER – MOTHER
- REVOCATION – EXISTENCE IS FUTILE
- MONOLORD – WHERE DEATH MEETS THE SEA
- TWISTED ILLUSION – NOBODY’S CHILD
- ACT OF DEFIANCE – OVEREXPOSURE
- MACHINE HEAD – A FAREWELL TO ARMS
- TRUCKER DIABLO – DETROIT STEEL
- PARADOS – HEART OF DARKNESS
- DEATH – ZOMBIE RITUAL
- KRYSTHLA – YAWM AL QIYAMAH
- DORJA – FAR GONE
- WEIGHT OF THE TIDE – ALL TOLD
- SECRET RULE – I DON’T WANNA BE
- NUMB – THE TEARS YOU CRY
- ICED EARTH – RAVEN WING
- SKINDRED – NOBODY
- POWER QUEST – FACE THE RAVEN
Glaston – Bury Festival. 10th Anniversary. Monday 28th August 2017
By Jovi Hacker , 13 years for Metal Ashes of Phoenix
We were blessed with a sunny day for the 10th Anniversary of Glaston- Bury Festival. There were 130 bands playing in venues all across Bury Town Centre, which included 3 outside stages. There was the Peel Stage, that featured all the tribute bands – that always pulls in the crowd; ‘T’ other Stage, which had 9 bands performing; and, then there was my favourite stage – “The Rock Fairy Original Stage”, which was in memory of Sophie Lancaster and featured local bands from in and around the Bury area. We have a lot of talent!!!. There was a lot to take in and it is impossible to see all 130 bands, so I decided to concentrate mainly on The Rock Fairy Stage. (However I did manage to sneak to the Peel Stage to watch one tribute band!)
After a few technical issues (generator not working) , the first band finally took to the stage. This was a band from Bolton and Bury called “Sittin’ Pretty”. I hadn’t heard of them before, but they were my find of the festival!. I would describe them as a 4-piece blues/rock band made up of 4 young men that are extremely talented. They played their own songs which included 24/7 and Take My Shoes. The lead singer was extremely expressional and owned the stage. You could see that he really enjoyed being up there and he had an amazing voice. This was an excellent start to the festival. I would recommend you check these guys out, they could go places.
I then decided to have a wonder across to the Peel Stage to watch a tribute band from Liverpool called “Stone Temple Pirates”. You can call me biased, but I wanted to see them as the Bass player used to play for one on my favourite bands that played the festival last year , but, unfortunately they split up earlier this year. I really wanted to go and see his new adventure!!!. There had also been technical issues on this stage and they were running over an hour behind. Because of this bands had to cut their sets shorter so they could catch up during the day. This did not affect the performances during the day. Stone Temple Pirates played 8 of the greatest hits of Stone Temple Pilots. The lead singer occasionally coming off stage to interact with the audience. They started off with “Crackerman”, where the lead singer used a mega phone. Brilliant start and they continued with other hits such as Plush, Sex Type Thing and finishing off with Slither. They had a good crowd who really seemed to enjoy them. If you are a Stone Temple Pilots fan, then I would recommend you going to see these guys.
I then ventured back to the Rock Fairy Stage. Whilst en route I did manage to listen to the music blaring out in the other venues. I peeped in and could see that they were all full and everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves. It was a great atmosphere and was very child friendly. Lots of family’s enjoying themselves.
Next up was one of my favourite bands, “Twisted Illusion”, whom I have had the pleasure of watching on several occasions and they have come along way since they played at the 101 bar at last years festival. They have recently performed at Bloodstock. Twisted Illusion, until recently, were a 3 piece Prog band fronted by the very funny and talented Matt Jones, Mark Wagstaff playing the Bass and a stand in drummer Philip Shacklady, as their normal drummer was unavailable. Philip has perfomed with them before and also features on their latest double album. He is not a bad stand in!!!!
Matt as ever, interacted with the crowd and their performance was faultless like always. They played some of their original songs such as “Hatred is a Virtue”, “Online and In Line”, and “Apocalyse #LOL”. They also did a cover of Tenacious D’s hit “Tribute”. This went down well with the audience, and of course Matt’s rendition of “Stairway to KFC!”. At one point they were joined on stage by a couple of young kids with their cut out guitars. Was cute to see and showed that their music can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
After going for a bite to eat, I then went back to The Rock Fairy Stage to watch
another band I had not heard of before called “Novustory”. They were a 3-piece female fronted band that unusually had no bass player. Despite this, there music still sounded good. I would describe them as an Indie Rock band. Whether this is true or not I’m unsure, but I was told that all 3 members were born on 29th February 1996!!. I really enjoyed their set which included their song “Going Home”. This is another band that I’m going to put on my ’must go and watch again’ list.
It was now time for the ‘old timers’ to take to the stage. Troyen were on next and were first formed in 1980, well before I was even thought of!. They are a NWOBHM band that reformed in 2014 after a 32 year break. Well these guys can rock!. Their set included their track “Future Friend”, which features on their new EP “Storm Child”.
It was not long after this that I went home absolutely exhausted! I really enjoyed the bands that I saw and wished I could have seen more of them. It’s a great festival and for only £7 for the whole day, it’s a bargain. It’s definitely family friendly and if you enjoy music, well it’s a must!. Lots of facilities in the area and easy to get to as it’s near the Metro Link and bus station and of course the car parks are free!
I can’t wait to see whats on offer next year.
- HAMEREX – THE DARK TOWER
- MR. SHIRAZ – STEP UP
- KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – YOU DON’T KNOW
- MUTANK – P.O.P.U.L.O.U.S.
- REIGN OF FURY – DEATH BE THY SHEPHERD
- MOTORHEAD – THE CHASE IS BETTER THAN THE CATCH (Blast from the past -1980)
- WHITESNAKE – FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING (Blast from the past – 1980)
- 8KIDS – BLITZSCHLAG
- GRAVIL – DETONATE
- SEVEN KINGDOMS – UNDYING
- UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – TEN THOUSAND AGAINST ONE
- TWISTED ILLUSION – NOBODY’S CHILD
- MARYTREE – WHATEVER
- RISE OF DISSENSION – MEND
- TRIAXIS – ZERO HOUR
- GUN – WORD UP (Blast from the past – 1994)
- PANTERA – I’M BROKEN (Blast from the past – 1994)
- CELESTIAL RUIN – SENSE OF EXILE
- MR. SHIRAZ – YOU’RE MY TYPE
- WARBRINGER – WHEN THE GUNS FELL SILENT
- KOVAX – BREATHE
- PAPA ROACH – HELP
- IN MY DISGUISE – HOUR GLASS
- TWISTED ILLUSION – DIFFERENT LIGHT
- BELOW – SUFFER IN SILENCE
- ABSOLVA – ALL ALONE
- ATTICA RAGE – HAUNTED
- NATHRAAL – DEATH OF THE UNDYING
- MUNICIPAL WASTE – AMATEUR SKETCH
- IRON MAIDEN – THE BOOK OF SOULS
- Rise of the Phoenix: MAMMOTH MAMMOTH – CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD (Kylie Minogue cover)
- KOBRA AND THE LOTUS – SPECIMEN X (MORTAL CHAMBER)
- JUDAS PRIEST – STARBREAKER
- HUMANGOD – REAL ME
- ANTHRAX – BLOOD EAGLE WINGS
- ALESTORM – ALESTORM
- IMPAVIDUS – XII
- PERPETUAL RAGE – MESMERIC SILENCE
- SEVEN KINGDOMS – STARGAZER
- PHIL CAMPBELL & THE BASTARD SONS – SPIDERS (live in Solothurn)
Jovi: Thank you Matt for inviting me to the Red Wall recording studio to talk about your new and upcoming album – Insight to the Mind of a Million Faces.
Matt: Hey you got the title right. It’s a long one isn’t it?
Jovi: Yes it is! Twisted Illusion’s line up has changed recently, so who have you got to replace them on this album?
Matt: Ah, it’s a secret at the moment, I am not allowed to tell you! If you have seen us live recently you will know who the line-up is. But, other than that I can’t say anything. The people who played on the album are not permanent band members; they’re just some very good friends who have come in. We have got Steven Ellis on Bass from a band called Kaine that you should check out. He came and did the Bass – he was amazing, and then we got a lad called Philip Shacklady from a band called The Last Reserves. He came in and did the drums and he was ace so I can’t say anything about the new line up sorry. I’m not allowed.
Jovi: The new album is going to be a double disc. As I’ve listened to your previous two fabulous albums, how long is this one going to be?
Matt: Only one of my previous albums is fabulous! I don’t like one of them. This new album wasn’t intended to be this long. I didn’t want it to be a double album but I just kept writing and writing and writing and didn’t want to chop anything off. It was like “let’s just be a legend and just put out whatever I can and how much of it I can; let’s just do it all!“ So, I just threw in the kitchen sink in this album. Literally, it just has everything. There’s like some Malteasers, a box of Cheerios, a puppy dog in there, a roller coaster ride, there’s a romcom in there, a bag of Skips, some ice cream, a few peanuts, a pint of lager, and a can of Coke, some Rainbow Drops, and then a Freddo. There’s a lot of stuff on the album basically.
Jovi: So basically the whole shop?
Matt: Yes, that’s it.
Jovi: Your new album will have eleven tracks; which one is your personal favourite so far, and why?
Matt: There’s a song we have been working on today called “I Wish I Was There”, and I really like it because it’s so cheesy and 80’s. It sounds like an 80’s Yes song. Really catchy, and a really good chorus. I’m not sure I think it would change when I have finished all the vocals but that’s my favourite up to now.
Jovi: What is your process in writing your songs? Is it the tune that comes to mind first or the lyrics?
Matt: Always the music first for me, I don’t do words. I literally write the words as I sing them. I have a blank song and I will go” Hmm, what chocolate do I crave this week? I know I will put that in the song.” I’m joking! But, definitely words second for me. It’s the least important part as you need to remember a tune in your head don’t you? I’m rubbish with words. I don’t remember words. I can’t remember the words to my favourite song, so that’s how important they are to me. I just want tunes to remember; that make no sense! I just want tunes YOU will remember!!!!
Jovi: When is your album due to be released and where will people be able to purchase it from?
Matt: I’m doing a pledge campaign for this album so it won’t be released for a long while yet so it’s not going to have an official release at least until summer time. But, if people are pledging they will get the album a lot earlier. So that’s going to help me contribute towards this record.
Jovi: With your pledge campaign, what can people except for the money they pledge and how much are you hoping to raise?
Matt: I was mainly inspired by Massive Wagons to do this pledge because I know Baz was always against doing it just like I was, and then he did it and he really enjoyed getting to know the fans a lot more, as you get to give people who are enjoying music a lot more for the money they pledge such as £10 for the album and a t-shirt and a download of the album. So everyone wins really as the fans get a lot more for their money.
Jovi: How much time have you spent in the recording studio recording this album and have you nearly finished?
Matt: FOREVER!!! I can’t leave this place. I have been here since the first day of January, literally after New Year’s Day we got here and started tracking. I felt ill, so I was in bed for a week and this is my first day back today, it’s taking ages. Temple of Artifice was recorded in April and it took 8 days and now we are on our 17th day of recording this album and we are not even close to finishing. There is a hell of a lot more material to do on this album.
Jovi: I must say the art work for your album is amazing! I believe it was designed by Andy Pilkington of Very Metal Art. Did you have any input in the design or did you just trust him to come up with the goods?
Matt: I pretty much just trusted Andy. The way I usually work with Andy is that he will ask what the album is about, what kind of lyrics they are, and I obviously don’t do lyrics till I am singing them. I don’t have a clue, so I’m making up like I know what I am talking about. Andy just second guesses me and kind of knows what I am going for and I tell him what album covers I like and like the look of. He will use that and listen to music I recommend and that will give him an idea of what visuals I want to see. He just runs with it really; he is just brilliant to work with. He knows exactly what to do. Like you said, the art work is amazing.
Jovi: How do you personally feel about your new album? I know that you wasn’t particularly pleased with your first album Calm the Dark, even though you should be.
Matt: You had to bring it up didn’t you? I just think Temple of Artifice was a big step up from Calm the Dark. It almost felt like a debut on its own. I feel like this album is a continuing album to it. I think it is a good standard as well. It felt like a different band, a different step in time. The first one to me does not measure up to what I have done since. It was a starting point and I should appreciate that and I do, so that’s why I am going back to the songs. One of the songs off Calm the Dark is going to be on this new album. We have redone it, with lots of new harmonies in it that makes it sound a lot prettier and sexy. It sounds really good but I will always hate Calm the Dark and it’s going to die!!!! I will make it die!!!!
Jovi: Your second album Temple of Artifice was received well from your fans. How do you think your new album will be received?
Matt: One thing I’m not expecting from it and this might surprise you, but I’m not expecting to get any new fans because of it. This is more of a present for the people who supported Temple of Artifice and supported the endless line-up changes and still came to watch us and didn’t go “oh no, there is another line-up change” and didn’t come to watch us. It’s for those who continued to support Twisted Illusion as a project. It’s more of a present for those who are already into the band. It’s not a marketing tool to get new fans to make money or anything like that. It’s just a big Thank You to those who already like us.
Jovi: Will I get to review it?
Matt: Of course you will. You will get a really early copy. I just expect a really good review!!!! You are not allowed to let your parents hear it though. You will get it for professional reasons only and we will get you to sign a contract so if you show it to them, then I can sue you!!!!
Jovi: OK, and thank you for your time
Matt: you are not welcome!!!!
- SERTRALINE – CHANGE OF HEART
- BALEFUL CREED – SUFFER IN SILENCE
- ICED EARTH – PLAGUES OF BABYLON
- SLEEP – THE DRUID
- SANCTUARY – THE YEAR THE SUN DIED
- OMINOUS ECLIPSE – THE HORDE
- STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH – KILL YOURSELF
- STONE SOUR – THROUGH GLASS
- TRIAXIS – STAND YOUR GROUND
- GRAND MAGUS – FORGED IN IRON, CROWNED IN STEEL
- PLANET OF ZEUS – WHITE SHROUD
- MONSTER TRUCK – SHE’S A WITCH
- BLACK MIRRORS – CANARD VENGEUR MASQUE
- RISE OF DISSENSION – MEND
- WOLF – SKULL CRUSHER
- SLAYER – CHEMICAL WARFARE
- KREATOR – TOTALITARIAN TERROR
- IRON MAIDEN – WOMEN IN UNIFORM
- MOTORHEAD – LIKE A NIGHTMARE
- TWISTED ILLUSION – NO COMPROMISE
- THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM – A SPOONFUL OF DARKNESS
- MEMORIAM – SURROUNDED (BY DEATH)
- TWISTED ILLUSION – HATRED IS A VIRTUE
- MARYTREE – WHATEVER
- BLAZE BAYLEY – CRAZY CHRISTMAS
- ASYLUM CITY ZOO – SOBER
- BEYOND SALVATION – ASCENSION
- TACTUS – AURORA
- ALICE COOPER & FRIENDS – SANTA CLAWS IS COMING TO TOWN
- DEMISE OF THE CROWN – BLACK RAIN
- MESHIAAK – CHRONICLES OF THE DEAD
- iDESTROY – STATE OF THE ART
- DIE NOE MORE – THE ENEMY WITHIN
- RONNIE JAMES DIO & FRIENDS – GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN
- DAKESIS – TO CONQUER OR DIE
- CHUCK BILLY & FRIENDS – SILENT NIGHT
- BLACK ABSINTHE – WINTER
- GHOST – SQUARE HAMMER
- KILMINSTER, GIBBONS & GROHL – RUN RUDOLPH RUN
- IMPAVIDUS – HEAVEN’S GATE
- KREPITUS – THE DECREE OF THEODOSEUS
- TWISTED SISTER – HEAVY METAL CHRISTMAS
- RED CAIN – GUILLOTINE
- PRIMITAI – CONCLUSION FOREGONE