Love N War, the Houston, Texas melodic hard rock / metal band has announced their first run of dates for 2016.
Love N War guitarist John Adams has checked in with the following comment:
We are pleased to announce that Love N War are starting 2016 off with a bang, as the band will be providing direct support during five killer upcoming Texas shows. These dates will be followed by the recording of our new 2nd album with a release date scheduled for summer 2016! The untitled new album, will be the highly requested follow-up to the blistering debut album ‘Up The Annie’.
Upcoming Love N War Shows:
2/13/16 – Concert Pub North – Houston, Texas
2/19/16 – Acadia Live – Houston, Texas
(supporting Dangerous Toys)
2/26/16 – Scout Bar – Houston, Texas
(supporting ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley)
3/4/16 – 18th St. Pier Bar & Grill – San Leon, Texas
(Supporting Don Jamieson & Killer Bee featuring ex-UFO guitarist Paul Chapman)
3/13/16 – Concert Pub North – Houston, Texas
John Adams – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Jeff Vandenberghe – Lead Vocals
Donnie Bragg – Drums
Ray Soliz – Bass Guitar
Review: Black Stone Cherry/Shinedown/Halestorm
Manchester Arena, Manchester 6 Feb 2016
Reviewer: Peter Scallan
The three band bill seems to be the forward in terms of doing larger arenas and providing value for money. In fact at just over 30 quid this show, billed as the Carnival of Madness, should provide similar value for money as The Winery dogs/Inglorious bill from a few nights previous. Even more so when you consider that an additional fourth band was on the bill called Highly Suspect whom I just caught the tail end of.
Up first on the triple bill was Halestorm fronted by Lizzy Hale on vocals and guitar. I only have limited exposure to these guys so it’s difficult to be subjective about the material on the night. The band opened with Apocalyptic and the crowd seemed to be into it from the off. Lizzy Hale certainly knows how to link a song into the set as she proved with her introductions to Love Bites, Amen and Scream. The band were tight and cohesive and Lizzy fronted the band well but if I am honest it just wasn’t happening for me.
This was mostly due to the fact the vocals were rather on the screeching side and from my limited experience of these guys I know that this women can sing! Next up was I Am the Fire which included that first end of tour prank with a table and chairs being set up behind Ms Hale and Black Stone cherry hosting a singing session mid-song! This was quickly followed by an entertaining drum solo which featured the BSC’s drummer and that from Highly Suspect followed by the aptly titled Mayhem with so many bodies coming and going on the stage. The crowd was bouncing in unison to the intro to Freak Like Me which even I liked. The closing song of the set was I Miss the Misery which started with some great harmony guitar and brought the set to an appropriate end. Not really my bag but certainly warmed up the crowd a treat!
Now the next act I do know about and was very much looking forward to seeing. Shinedown’s last couple of albums have been outstanding and I was intrigued to see how they would translate that sound to the live setting.
Opening with Black Cadillac from the new album the obvious answer to how the sound would translate to a live environment was to use backing tracks. While the sound was rich and warm it sounded a little too controlled. Next up was Diamond Eyes which sounded great followed by Second Chance, both from the Sound of Madness album. At this point I must admit I was wondering how much of the songs were being played and what was on the backing tracks! Cut the Chord from the new album got the crowd going and really bounced along nicely. Enemies was introduced by Brent Smith asking the audience clear a path in the middle of the arena and then promptly jumping into the audience to introduce the sentiment behind the song for a few minutes and then getting back up on stage to deliver the song with great energy. I Will follow You Down dipped into the more mellow side of Shinedown with a great piano introduction and building into the swinging chorus – great stuff!
Another song from new album Threat to Survival followed in State of My Head with its almost trance/dance intro before erupting into the powerful upbeat chorus. The mood was mellowed again with guitarist Zach Myers accompanying Smith acoustically for a snippet of Oasis number Don’t Look Back In Anger before doing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man both of which had superb crowd participation. And all of sudden we were at the last song of the set with the superb Sound of Madness. What isn’t in doubt is the sheer quality of the material from the band or the show they put on – absolutely second to none. However, the nagging doubt for me was just how much of the material played was on the backing tracks. Regardless, it was a great show.
And then we were ready for the main attraction Black Stone Cherry. Opening with Me and Mary Jane from the last album the guys quickly kicked up a storm, following this with the Rain Wizard from their debut album which was equally if not more powerful than the opening track. The band dipped into the second album with the opening track from that in the shape of Blind Man which was was a little more controlled and funky.
And then just to prove just how strong the material is the fourth song was drawn from Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea in the shape of the awesome In My Blood. Four songs – four albums! The guys then played a selection of songs from their back catalogue including Soulcreek and Holding On To Letting go and a medley of sorts made up of snippets of Roadhouse Blues and Yeah Man. They also managed to squeeze in a new song too in the shape of In Our Dreams. The guys then took it down quite a few notches to do The Things My Father Said acoustically with just singer Chris Robertson playing and singing on his own. He was then joined by guitarist Ben Wells for another acoustic number called The Rambler and asked the crowd to really listen to the words, with the crowd obliging much to his delight.
The rest of the band came back onstage for Peace is Free which for the evening was renamed Pizza’s Free as members of all three other bands invaded the stage with a large banner and pizza to boot! In the mayhem that followed Lizzy Hale did an excellent job singing with Robertson. The band were then joined by their manager on guitar to do a Johnny Cash number which I think was A Boy Named Sue with a little of Freddie Kings’s Going Down for good measure – but then again I could be wrong! The next two songs brought the set and crowd to a crescendo with White Trash Millionaire and Blame It On the Boom Boom. The guys were quickly back on for the encores and rattled through an extended version of Lonely Train and then into Motorhead’s Ace of Spades bring the evening to a juddering halt!
And what an evening it was too. Despite my personal taste the Manchester crowd clearly got their rocks off on all three bands and who can blame them? Three great bands rocking Manchester on Saturday night – what’s not to like? Even if you didn’t personally dig all three bands it was a great Carnival of Madness.
Georgia Pine is the new 5-track EP by British rock band everyone is talking about – ‘Broken Witt Rebels’. After delivering outstanding performances in 2015, the energetic, young four-piece who hail from Birmingham are now looking to win over new fans with their infectious blend of rock and soulful blues. Georgia Pine is authentic, rootsy, and real, and has serious hit potential. Similarly to the new generation of contemporary and distinctive soulful roots rock bands like Alabama Shakes and Black Keys, Broken Witt Rebels strike a chord.
BWR pay homage to the sounds of old blues and Stax guitarists. Their fresh approach to song-writing and recording gives the EP a fresh and modern authenticity that is entirely unique. The EP was engineered and produced by Tom Gittins, who has worked on recent recordings by Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin). Gittins cites the Rebels’ lead singer, Danny Core, as an amazing vocal talent in the tradition of Steve Marriot and Joe Cocker – a distinctive heart-wrenching vocal style that’s steeped deep within the inner core of blues and soul.
The 5-track EP, released for worldwide distribution in April, is currently available for pre-order from the band’s official website brokenwittrebels.com. The first single, ‘Low‘, will be released as a music video with a Soundcloud link for free streaming on Friday 26 February.
April-May 2016 UK Tour
London Water Rats Saturday 2 April
Birmingham Sunflower Lounge Friday 15 April
Sheffield Rocking Chair Saturday 16 April
Main Support on Brantley Gilbert’s May UK Tour
Glasgow Oran Mor Thursday 5 May
Manchester Academy 2 Friday 6 May
Birmingham O2 Institute Saturday 7 May
London Shepherds Bush Empire Sunday 8 May
Ignitor, the Austin, Texas based classic heavy metal band has released a new video for the song ‘No Sanctuary‘ from their upcoming untitled new album.
‘No Sanctuary’ was filmed at Emphatic Audio Studios and was directed by Ignitor guitarist and founding member Stuart Laurence (Agony Column).
Vocalist Jason McMaster has checked in with the following comment:
“We have been writing and recording some new songs, of which a few of them we are looking forward to playing at these upcoming shows that have been long overdue. These confirmed dates will also be used to showcase our new band line up that features Robert Williams (Witches Mark) on Guitar and Billy “Chainsaw” Dansfield (Agony Column) on Bass.
March 5 – The Sidewinder – Austin, Texas
(Dead Earth Politics, Force Fed)
March 16 – Heart of Texas Rockfest – Austin, Texas
March 18 – The Acadia – Houston, Texas
(Cage, Aska, Matrekis)
April 16 – The RockBox – Hellfest IV – San Antonio, Texas
(Grim Reaper, Helstar, Las Cruces, Isolaydead)
May 6 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Ragnarokkr Fest 2016 – Chicago, Illinois
(Tygers of Pan Tang, Jag Panzer, Jack Starr’s Burning Starr, Leather Leone and others)
For the latest Ignitor band news and show dates, visit their official websites
American Mafia are currently working on a new 5-song EP entitled ‘Lead The Way‘ with Don Chaffin on vocals.
The drum tracks are done and the band have just started on guitars. The release day should be some time in Spring.