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Album Review: IDLEWAR’s Debut Album – IMPULSE

Almost a year ago to the day I received a message on Twitter from Pete Pagonis, drummer of Orange County grunge merchants IDLEWAR thanking me for following them back and sending a link to a track off their EP ‘Dig In’. And dig in I truly did, to a feast of heavy riffs and seething, dark and pounding rhythms. It was clear to see that here was a band with a mission and with a talent to make it happen. But the music industry, especially in the heavy rock end of the spectrum isn’t exactly a place where dreams are made. Rather it has a propensity to crush aspirations. So they became a pet project to support them in any way I could, to get their name known and their music heard as they released tracks and it was great to see their support began to grow on the back of their releases.

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It’s been a very interesting journey for Pete, guitarist Rick Graham and bassist/vocalist James Blake over the year leading up to the release of their debut album, IMPULSE and the sweat and blood they put into this album and the groundwork they have invested in in building the support has produced a stunning album that definitely has a very healthy fanbase awaiting out there.

Impulse is a dark monster of an album with riff’s that rip you from your seat and pummel you relentlessly like each track knows your weaknesses and exploits them mercilessly. This band kick like a five-piece and are very reminiscent of early NIN/Stone Temple Pilots era grunge/stoner/doom rock and man they have an arsenal of licks to grab you by the balls with.

 

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The album wears a very raw edged sound, totally befitting the material but in an extremely well produced way, with Pete Pagonas himself taking the production seat and the album being mastered by the highly acclaimed, Grammy winning Brian Lucey of MagicGardenMastering fame (think Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’, Ghost ‘Meliora’, Black Keys El Camino amongst many).

Highlights of the album for me are the second track, SOUL with its dischordant STONER thunderous riff and James heavy lament, the uptempo INNOCENT and the Soundgarden-esque APATHY but to say stand out implies the others are less brutal and that they most definitely are not. It is an album that has many complexities and layers and rewards you by revealing more with each listen.

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Their latest single off the album, On Our Knees received an InbetweenTheScreams Record of The Week slot and ….  a 9/10 InbetweenTheScreams rating!!!



IMPULSE follows in it’s footsteps with a very impressive InbetweenTheScreams 9/10 and cruelly, the only reason it drops that perfect 10/10 is that it isn’t yet available on vinyl….. I know, harsh!! Maybe the follow-up album, eh? And mark my words, IDLEWAR will build on the undoubted success of this album and there will be a second album.


IMPULSE is a truly barn stormer of an album and you will be able to see just how huge a sound this creates live as IDLEWAR embark on their first UK TOUR this winter with STONE BROKEN

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You definitely do not want to miss these guys!!


IDLEWAR ARE:

James Blake: Bass, Vocals

Rick Graham: Guitar

Pete Pagonis: Drums

For more info on the band:

YouTube: IDLEWAR YouTube Channel Click Here

Facebook: IDLEWAR on Facebook

Follow on Twitter: @IDLEWAR

Band Website: Click Here

As per usual, Shares, Likes, Retweets, Gibson Les Paul Customs etc etc muchly appreciated!!

Gary

THOSE DAMN CROWS: Interview and Debut Album Review (Preamble)

 

It’s been a weirdly odd sort of a week so far, musically. Odd in a good way. Odd can be good, right? While Monday’s are normally spent sifting through submissions and listening to the previous weeks releases, I find myself subtly displaced from the stability of this aural rock island I tend to inhabit. Actually that’s not entirely true. There has been a substantial shift and it has distorted my musical points of reference on a number of levels, not least of all my expectations from both emerging and established bands alike.

 

You see, last week I hit the sweet spot. Friday’s batch of releases brought with it the feverishly anticipated new vinyl, Bad Vibrations from A Day To Remember but prior to that I had received a pre-release review copy of a, to me previously unheard of and possibly relatively unknown you, Welsh band, Those Damn Crows.

 

If you take a brief read on these pages you will see my response to their debut album and that response has elicited an impending full album review on InbetweenTheScreams and an interview with the band. What you wont have seen is my review of an ADTR album that I had been salivating over for months prior to release, built on a platform of two incredible singles taken from it in the form of the albums opening two tracks, Bad Vibrations and the crushingly relentless Paranoia.

 

You see, it’s not that the A Day To Remember album isn’t as good as I had anticipated, it is everything I had expected and maybe slightly more. The issue is, it has been totally eclipsed by an album from a band that, if all was fair in the music industry, would be on their fifth sell-out world tour before retreating to their Welsh homeland studio to pen another slice of rock history in the making.

 

But they are not. Outside of these pages and plugging away amongst the musical mediocrity in the mainstream social media, there exists a band who have so brutally and wilfully smashed my expectations of a debut album from an unknown band that I almost feel sorry for any band sending me their future efforts. On every level, in every respect this band scream ROCK. Scratch that. This band have taken over ROCK and I don’t think it’s coming back in any form as we knew it. And you know something…………….?

 

I fucking love the fact that five guys from Wales are on the cusp of delivering an album of such intensity that it has opened my eyes to possibilities and simultaneously sharpened my view on what is currently being delivered and I cannot wait to bring you the review and delve deeper into the psyche of a band that can totally dominate the rock scene for years to come, yet have remained relatively hidden from view. Expect band history, influences, gear talk, highs lows and expectations and hopefully some clarity on where the fuck they have been all this time.

 

So check back soon and read why there’s no point in resisting, there’s a sledgehammer with ROCK’s name on it heading your way!

 

THOSE GODDAMNMOTHERFUCKING CROWS!!!  

OH FUCKING YEAH!!!

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Video Release: THOSE DAMN CROWS – BLINK OF AN EYE

Monday 5th September saw the release of the stunning video to accompany the amazing second single, BLINK OF AN EYE  by THOSE DAMN CROWS off their soon to be released debut album, Murder and the Motive and what a stupendous piece of work it is by Dark Fable Media, the same people behind the video for the bands first single, Fear of the Broken.

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THOSE DAMN CROWS are pulling in the quality people behind them to support their debut album and Dark Fable Media have produced an epic piece of cinematography to go with this sublime track and are no strangers to the music scene, having produced work for the likes of Serj Tankian (System of a Down),  Ihsahn, Tom Morello, Devin Townsend and Skindred’s Benji Webbe among many others.

THOSE DAMN CROWS are rapidly becoming impossible to ignore, with an aural arsenal built for domination and dominate they most certainly will at this rate.

ENJOY!!



As usual, please spread the word via all the usual social channels. I am sure you will agree, this band deserve every effort to get them out there!

Cheers

Gary

 

Coming Monday 5th Sept – THOSE DAMN CROWS: BLINK OF AN EYE Video Launch

This is an early warning, do not take it lightly! This song will unrelentingly take you prisoner like no other.

Monday 5th September at 6pm, Welsh warriors of rock release the video for BLINK OF AN EYE, the second single taken from their impending debut album MURDER AND THE MOTIVE and this is an earworm of an intensity that will devour everything else you hear for the foreseeable future.

Blink of an Eye is a radio-friendly tune that will have you roaring out the chorus before you even get to the end of the first listen. It’s a subtle sledgehammer of a song that builds from an opening ride cymbal, snare and bass line into a twin guitar riff-driven sublime melody that carries Shane Greenhall’s vocal, a stunningly impassioned cry to not let go, and this band certainly have no intentions of letting you go before they have delivered an epic that, with any justice, should see them storm the radio airwaves sweeping up with it a whole army of new support.

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Check back tomorrow at 6pm for the video!!! I cannot wait to see it and read your responses.

Gary

Please Share, Like, Retweet, etc etc and spread the word. These guys are something special and deserve a huge break. Help get them that break.

The InbetweenTheScreams Record of the Week: THOSE DAMN CROWS – FEAR OF THE BROKEN

I have been involved in music in one form or another for more years than I care to mention and I have to hold my hands up and admit that it is easy to become a little numbed by the continual reviews, previews and endless onslaught of music that comes into my world. So when Mik from Factory Music Management pinged me to say I really should check a band out ahead of the debut album I didn’t exactly break sweat downloading the album.

And for that I owe Those Damn Crows an apology and maybe a few litres of whatever rocket fuel this five-piece are drinking down in Bridgend.

If you had told me back in January that a debut album from a relatively unknown Welsh band of rock musicians who play rock the way it should be would be up there vying for the InbetweenTheScreams Album of the Year I would have looked at you rather quizzically with an amused smile rippling my lips. Go on with you…….away now.

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Take note of this all you lovers of rock in its purest and most brutal form… in a year that has had new releases from Deftones, Killswitch Engage, Rival Sons, Anthrax, Beartooth, Volbeat, Megadeth, Prong, The Cult and the mighty Katatonia….. and many more, all bands I hold in the highest esteem as the pinnacle of what floats my boat, the forthcoming debut album MURDER AND THE MOTIVE from Those Damn Crows is up there in the top tier of releases. And despite some monumental albums due for release in the coming months, including the mouth-watering release from ADTR, I simply cannot see anything knocking this riff-fest of a storming album out of the top three albums of the year.

YES IT IS THAT GOOD!

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I will be doing a full album review soon (watch the usual channels for details) but in the meantime check out an early release from the album, FEAR OF THE BROKEN



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THOSE DAMN CROWS is:

Shane Greenhall – Vocals

Ian ‘Shiner’ Thomas – Guitar

Ronnie Huxford – Drums

Lloyd Wood – Bass

David Winchurch – Guitar

These guys are building up a mighty noise for themselves in the music media and deservedly so and this album will make you realise why. A stop you dead in your tracks monster of an album that combines a vocalist that is almost untouchable in modern rock and a band delivering the type of aural walls of brutal yet melodic rock that headline bands selling out festivals would kill for.

YOU SERIOUSLY MUST NOT MISS THIS ALBUM

MURDER AND THE MOTIVE is released on the 26th September

Check back soon for the full review.

Keep it LOUD!!!

Gary

As always, RT’s, Shares, Likes, Comments, Beer much appreciated


Many thanks to Mik at Factory Music Management mik@factorymusic.co.uk

You can follow the band via Twitter: By Clicking Here

Full contact details forthcoming via the full album review.

The InbetweenTheScreams Former RECORD OF THE WEEK: UNDER A BANNER – SNOW SONG

InbetweenTheScreams has always been a passionate supporter of UNDER A BANNER and their folk rock hewn slice of sonic perfection and with the release of their eagerly awaited third album, THE WILD PLACES just over a month away (30th September via Bad Elephant Music), we are proud to present the superb SNOW SONG, the first track to see the light of day from the album as this weeks record of the week.

We are also excited to announce that, not only have the guys allowed us early access to the album to review, there will also be an interview with Adam Broadhurst, vocalist, guitarist and poetic lyricist of Under A Banner on not only the new album but also the bands history, influences and aspirations.



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You can pre-order THE WILD PLACES via the bands record label BAD ELEPHANT MUSIC:   HERE

and you can find out more about the band: HERE

and you should definitely follow them on Twitter: HERE

Trust me, you will WANT this albumin your collection!!

 

InbetweenTheScreams and The Republic of Rock: The Vinyl Word

As an absolutely rabid lover of music from a very early age and a stubbornly resolute supporter of vinyl, it gives me great pleasure to announce that I will be the resident vinyl music reviewer on South African award winning rock DJ’s Gary Cool’s REPUBLIC OF ROCK site.

I will be the host of THE VINYL WORD, reviewing both latest vinyl releases and classic vinyl in a weekly item.

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I am really excited to be able to take a look back through my vinyl collection and eagerly look forward to bringing you some of the classic albums that defined my life from the likes of AC/DC, Suicidal Tendencies, The Cult, Metallica, Led Zep and Testament to name but a few and also some of the mouth watering releases coming up, none more so than the imminent release of the latest A Day To Remember album, Bad Vibrations.

Hold on tight, it’s going to be a thrilling ride and a huge thanks to Gary Cool for asking me to be part of his own unique brand of musical crazy.

Give the inimitable Gary Cool a follow on Twitter HERE

for all the latest news on the imminent launch. And with Gary at the helm it is bound to be a success.

Gary

 

 

Rock Radio: Take The Power Back

You only have to have a brief meander through this site to see that recently it has been consumed with the demise of Team Rock Radio, the subsequent silence from Team Rock and the loss of something that had redefined ROCK RADIO as we know it. It is also clearly evident that there is an apparent desire to retain the essence of everything that worked on that station and perhaps build a future around that inclusive, community-minded ethos.

And so it is maybe time to start asking those important questions that will identify whether there is truly the groundswell so apparent to turn this from a possible winning idea into a fully realised and engaged reality.

With that in mind, perhaps the most critical question would be, how strong is that support?

So here is your chance to make your mark, raise your voice, pledge your allegiance and commit to taking the power back and building OUR future radio.

Are you in?

It is really important that you take a brief moment to participate in this poll as it will give an indication of the support that this venture could expect.

You can do so by CLICKING HERE for Twitter users and HERE for Facebook followers.

To truly gauge the strength of support it would be brilliant if you could all participate, after all this will be YOUR radio station, and then encourage your own friends and followers to do exactly the same. That way we can get this rolling as soon as possible.

We have an incredibly strong community that can rise from the ashes of TRR and create something that will redefine rock radio. Here’s your chance to start to make that happen.

Cheers all,

Gary

Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio….. RIP TEAM ROCK RADIO

And so the news has unofficially broken that we all hoped wouldn’t ……but if honest, we probably expected for a while: Team Rock Radio is no more as Team Rock Limited realign themselves firmly towards the magazine and online entity they talked about during the shift off DAB. It’s not really a surprise and if you had delved even casually beneath the surface since the dj’s were pulled off air 6 weeks ago, something had to give to bring financial stability back to the group and sadly that grasp at stability has come at the expense of the scheduled radio element of Team Rock.

Our first thoughts are with those who lost their jobs as a result of this move, there were some great people involved in bringing Team Rock Radio’s unique and totally immersive and engaging style of rock radio to the airwaves. It was a formula unsurpassed anywhere around the globe on this level and I am sure every avenue must have been taken before taking the decision to terminate the radio station because that is a huge loss to Team Rock and a massive loss to the rock community.

Over the last month or so, while the radio station reverted to a dj’less loop of non-stop music as Team Rock went through a consultation period and the first staff  losses were brought in, I think most people have looked elsewhere to find an alternative to the music radio formula that had had them hooked every day. But there is absolutely nothing like it and it would be a tragic waste of an engaged and eager rock community that has been built up, if this format isn’t taken up and continued. I am sure that it will be picked up because it offered a very tangible experience, the feeling of actually being part of something, an immersive experience just like listening to the music you love with your mates and new friends picked up along the crazy journey it took you on. That journey will continue for sure……….. just not under the Team Rock banner.

And so a huge thanks to those who made every day a mental headlong rush through rock, metal and all tangents off the glorious musical path we choose to tread.

To Moose and JRock, who made getting up for 7am as close to a pleasure as getting up for work could be and who brought us some of the most addictively chaotic yet consistently groundbreaking radio it has been the pleasure to listen in to and engage with. It has been an absolute train-wreck of a pleasure to be a willing passenger on this epic quest to push the boundaries of rock radio.

To Dewsbury: BIIIIIIIIIIIG D himself, the Yorkshire Yeti, biker, booth builder and bloody great metalhead and all round good bloke to boot. Wellnot literally to boot……just look at the size of him. It’s hard to imagine the journey home without Dews’  own brand of mental metal mayhem soundtracking the journey. The man with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of rock and an unquenchable thirst for all things thirst quenching. I am damn sure this is not the end of the radio journey we have shared so far.

To Miss Rach, to Pete Bailey, SophieK and The Islington Arsonist, Muggs…… you guys don’t just rock, you ROCK rocking! From a listeners perspective, you created some crazy memories and an ability to make time pass so quickly and brought some phenomenally good music to the airwaves………………… and some not so good!! I look forward to following where music takes you next.

And to all those who aided and abetted in the creation and kept the whole train rolling, the dj’s fronting the magazine programmes, to Gary Cool, Billy Rankin, Chris Jericho….. I raise my glass and drink a toast to the good times.

Personally as a music lover, I think Team Rock have thrown away the holy grail, a totally engaged community of loyal and ever growing followers who totally got and actively and wholeheartedly participated in constructing this uniqueness and created a community, a family even. It would be a travesty if this ended here…… but hey,they are obviously planning on milking the recorded material they have in the system and moving to a pre-recorded basis going forward. That’s not rock radio, sorry and definitely not what I imagine the heart of the listeners want either.

Incredibly disappointing.

Someone needs to round them up before they wander off…..

 

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Coming Soon: Latest Update On Radio Station Progress

Way more than just an idea and with a lot of background work and foundation building going on, if all goes to plan there should be some concrete news to put out very soon….

Your feedback to THIS ARTICLE has been incredibly encouraging.  I think we clearly all share a common idea of what works for ‘rock radio’ and it is absolutely achievable if we can harness the passion, commitment and thirst for something that is ‘ours’ that is clearly evident. Your feedback and pledges of involvement with limited knowledge has been heartwarming and there is a distinct buzz building. Some things have had to be kept quiet for reasons but thank you so much for everything so far.

Never one to shy away from anything to do with music and even more so when I fervently believe that a vision is fully achievable, realistic and has a proven audience……

Time to exhale….