R.I.B – Album Review.

If you like your music fast, ferocious and old school then you have come to the right place. Tankard are back with album 16……16!!! Its incredible when you think about it. These guys have been thrashing it about since 1982 and in a good way, they still sound like they are there….in the 80’s. All the old influences are there, Kreator, Death, Maiden, Metallica to name a few. This makes no apologies for what it is – honest, balls out heavy metaaaaal!!! Even the production has an old school vibe – just rough enough, just clear enough, perfect!

R.I.B - Tankard

‘R.I.B’ picks up from where the 2012 release ‘A Girl Called Cerveza’ left off and doesn’t stop running. Opener ‘War Cry’ has a sort of classical Metallica feel but this doesn’t last and then we’re into the real filth, breakneck riffing and frantic drums with Anfreas Geremia bellowing out “War Cry” with such anger, it makes me want to either cower in the corner in fear and/or join in!

The title track (Rest In Beer) is the first obvious beer reference, which is something that has been present throughout the German bands history….and it isn’t the last. This has an awesome druid style chant in the middle of it which you just know will go down a storm live especially when it returns at the end of the song.

‘Riders Of The Doom’ is one of my personal favorites with its galloping riff work and big hooky chorus will make it a sure fan favourite on the live circuit.

From start to finish it is a feast of riffs, harmonies and big chorus’s, ‘Hope Can Die’ and ‘Breakfast for Champions’ fully equipped with all of the former and also hint at a band that does not take the itself too seriously with lyrics such as “Give me what I need today/liver you will have to pay”.

Check-out the video ‘Rest In Beer’.

I really enjoyed this and can only imagine it’s just as good, if not better live but it’s not just a balls out, thrashy album, it’s full of different grooves throughout which really keeps it interesting. Tankards 16th album RIB does exactly what it says on the (beer) tin so grab another pint and bang your heads!!


The Purple Piper

Blues Pills

Review of their debut album ‘Blues Pills’.

Do you ever just get completely submerged in something and before you know it, you’ve missed an entire day?? Well, that’s what happened when I pressed play on the debut album by American/Swedish/French group Blues Pills. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been excited about hearing this album for a long time now and I was not disappointed. In fact, I don’t even know where to start….Well, at the beginning I suppose.

Blues Pills

Track one, ‘High Class Woman’. I got to hear this a while back due to the video release and I have been hooked ever since. It’s so refreshing, not just to hear a female vocalist but a good female vocalist that sounds like no-one else around….on the planet for that matter! This ticks all the boxes for me, Heart and Soul and that’s what music is about right? It sucks you in and doesn’t let go.

‘Black Smoke’ is a perfect example, it has a real laid back intro which totally engulfs you before picking up the pace with a driving fuzz laden riff that you cannot help but groove out to.

Elin Larssons vocals are a perfect match for the music that these guys produce. Completely organic, non pretentious rock and roll that sounds worlds apart from everything else that would be classed under the same genre. These guys could have quite easily been around in the Skynyrd days and I dare say, could have given them a run for their money.

Every song is an instant classic – ‘River’ again, has another stunning vocal performance with equally stunning guitar work.’Devil Man’ gets you moving with more fuzz drenched riffery before ‘Astralplane’ mellows things out again with a wonderful display of blues which even includes some Hammond organ. I’ve said it before but this album oozes soul and ‘Little Sun’ is the perfect way to end this energy fueled ride, heavy on the Zepplin, heavy on the heart.

Check-out the great song and video (High Class Women).

I cannot imagine anyone having a bad word to say about this band/album. Blues Pills have arrived and I for one could not be happier.


The Purple Piper


The O2 Academy3 Birmingham 19th July 2014.

I simply can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s launch of the new EP from Glassbullet ‘Black Eyes’. With each and every performance that I’ve seen from this young up and coming band, they have continually set their own standards high and with such a wealth of talented ability as both a band and also as individuals, they have always exceeded my expectations every single time.

Tonight’s line up was built to rock and with My Great Affliction being chosen to open up this event – I rest my case in proving that very intent. Ste Gough, Craig Horobin and Daz Wright are a powerhouse in action and breezed their way through tonight’s set which included a rich profusion of songs that included ‘Good Times’, ‘Sick and Tired’ and their signature anthem ‘Narcissus’. Last song of the set was a cover of the Motorhead great ‘Ace Of Spades’ which to me, really brought home the greatness of Ste Gough’s voice.

Ste Gough and Daz Wright - My Great Affliction

You know how you sometimes get that feeling that you’ve seen a band before, when you know for a fact that you haven’t – well, that was the very feeling I had whilst watching The Bad Flowers. Many moons ago I saw this show stopping band called Greenwood Park and here they were again in front of me but in a new reincarnation! Their set this evening certainly held on to all those former qualities, but from the very first song of the set, their renewed energy on stage, especially that of Karl Selickis on drums, proved their move forward has given them to a new dimension for sure.

Tom Leighton - The Bad Flowers

Another up and coming band that have laid siege upon the region and beyond, are the West Midlands based band, Piston. Talent, hard work and never taking their foot off the pedal has moved a few mountains for these guys and their professionalism shone throughout the entirety of tonight’s set, as did the strong connection between the band and their audience. With the sold out Hard Rock Hell Festival already confirmed in their diary for November, Piston are a band to definitely keep on your radar.

Steve Nunn - Piston

With many months in its writing, planning and recording, Glassbullet have remained solidly focused on the production of a fine and outstanding EP that they can undoubtedly be proud of. In the build up prior to its launch tonight, ‘Black Eyes’ and Glassbullet have come to the attention of many, including the great K.K. Downing. In his recent review of the EP, he gave it and them, the big thumbs up which in my mind is just the kind of recognition and encouragement that this great young band deserve.

Ben Evans - Glassbullet

The EP itself is a four track wonder and seeing it played out tonight, amongst many of their other songs, served further to demonstrate many of its great strengths. The vibrant guitar solo’s of Ben Evans, the rich and bold bass lines of Tom Bushell, along with the thunderous attack of Alex Caldicott on drums and the premium vocals of Lewis Ward were very much in evidence throughout the entire set as these guys gave the O2 Academy3 one hell of a great show!

Lewis Ward - Glassbullet

When it comes down to the most important review of them all, that has to be that of the audience and even after the last note had faded and the band had left the stage, the audience remained firmly planted in front of the stage shouting for more.

2014 is far from over these guys, albeit tonight must have been the kind of high for them that takes some beating, but I kinda get the feeling that that high will only spur them on more, and I’m sure that many great things await upon the horizon!

Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.