Stone Broken

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 18th December 2015.

Tonight see’s months of hard work all come together for Stone Broken, with the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’ and with support from Cause To Effect, My Great Affliction and Lightfire, this is most definitely a night that is not to be missed.

Getting things off to a fine and dandy start for the early evening crowd were Wolverhampton’s very own, Cause To Effect. I had the pleasure of first seeing this band back in October and given their feel for melodic harmonies and rich guitar riffs, they were a great addition to tonight’s line up. Do check these guys out over on Facebook as I’m sure we are going to be hearing a lot more from them in 2016!

Dan Harris and Ged Green - Cause To Effect

My Great Affliction have been noticeable by their absence in recent months, so tonight’s set from the band was a most welcomed addition by me. These guys never fail to deliver some substantial rock ‘n’ roll and frontman Ste Gough is always quite the character on stage. It was great to hear some new songs from the band aswell and I believe My Great Affliction will be heading off to the studio in the new year to do some recording, so that is definitely something to look forward to!

Ste Gough - My Great Affliction

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a festive jumper or four on stage and despite the heat under the Slade Rooms lights, our penultimate band of the evening Lightfire, were just the right guys to make this point. Lightfire’s set tonight was rammed to the brim with energy and their intense brand of full-toned rock certainly went down well with the audience – as did their version of ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’. I’m guessing that Lightfire picked up a few new fans tonight and quite rightly so, as their performance tonight was first class!

Lee Nightingale - Lightfire

With all three bands having done a mighty fine job tonight in supporting Stone Broken in the launch of their debut album ‘All In Time’, the moment was finally upon us, as the band took to the stage amidst thunderous cheers from a packed out Slade Rooms. The smile on Rich Moss’s face spoke louder than any words ever could do and if ever memories could be captured and bottled, then I’m sure that that moment would definitely be a very much cherished one.

Rich Moss - Stone Broken

The official release date for ‘All In Time’ is 29th January 2016, so tonight was the perfect opportunity to hear the album played live and for those in attendance, the chance to also pick up an advance copy of it. This ten track little beauty collectively captures the ability within the band to write songs with blazing guitar riffs, vibrant drum/bass lines and poignant lyrics, with particular favourites of mine being ’Better’ and ’Another Day’, both of which earned some pretty enthusiastic audience approval tonight.

Kieron Conroy and Rich Moss - Stone Broken

Without any doubt at all, I can say that Stone Broken were outstanding tonight, as I felt that each band member took their individual and joint performances to a new level. Stage presence can be learnt but in my opinion, the foundations have to be strong in the first place and Stone Broken have never stood stronger than they did tonight!

Robyn Haycock - Stone Broken

Stone Broken and ‘All In Time’ made one hell of an impression tonight and I left the Slade Rooms feeling very excited for the band and the bright future that now awaits them.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.

Winter Rocks Festival

The Corporation Sheffield 5.12.15

As a big fan of The Union, I was really looking forward to seeing Peter Shoulder on the second stage and he went down great! Playing a variety of material from his debut album “Feathers and Rain” including “It never Rains” Peter has created a new sound for himself. He even treated us to some new material from his new E.P, as much as I like him as a solo, I hope this isn’t the end for The Union.

Pete Shoulder

The Corporation was now getting busier as the main stage saw The Graveltones next. A duo rock and roll band from London. Starting their set with “Kiss and Fuck Off” and then “Never Gonna Let” The Graveltones have their own bluesy sound with some heavy guitar riffs, showing this off with their final song “Fancy Things”.

Back to the second stage for Falling Red, who never fail to put on a good show. A hell of a journey for these guys from Cumbria in the storm but they made it, and gave it their all! For the crowds just beginning to arrive for the main acts that night they certainly warmed everyone up with a personal favourite “We Escaped A Cult”.

Rozey - Falling Red

Main stage now for Scorpion Child, a five piece from Texas. These guys describe themselves as “heavy acid rock”, and not really knowing what this was, I do now! Their set included “Woman In Black” and “Acid Roulette”. Lead singer Aryn Jonathan Black had an amazing energy on stage, bouncing around and pulling some poses for the camera guys in the pit, by far the most entertaining band so far.

Aryn Black - Scorpian Child

Flip The Pyramid, a four piece from Rotherham and Slovakia. These guys are punk rock, so something a little different to mix up the evening. Unfortunately with the stage times running so close together this was time for me to fuel up and grab some food, so I did miss most of their set but from what I did see and hear they went down well.

SAWF- Flip The Pyramid

Back again to the main stage for Crobot. I first saw these guys at Hard Rock Hell earlier this year and they were a band that stood out for me so I was looking forward to seeing this four piece hard rock band from Pennsylvania again. These guys put on a good show, you could tell they really enjoyed themselves on stage especially with “Welcome to Fat City” and treating us to new song “Easy Money” Brandon bought out the harmonica. Finishing their set with “Fly on the Wall” with Brandon jumping on Chris’s shoulders and Jake the bassist did the whole show in just a pair of grey boxer shorts.

Second stage for Regulus next, another hometown band, a four piece with a groovy stoner rock unique sound. You could tell they really felt at home on stage at the Corporation and had so much fun on now a very packed out stage 2.

The Corporation was now very busy as we had just the top five bands left to play and it was now time for Nonpoint on the main stage. Nonpoint are a metal/heavy rock five piece from America. I was a little unsure of these guys as I’m not a huge fan of metal but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, they were heavier than I would normally like but they were amazing on stage and really got the crowd going and geared up for their friends Fozzy. “Pins and Needles” was one of the crowd favourites and a great cover of Phil Collins song “In The Air Tonight” was certainly unique, but it worked really well, I’ll not be able to listen to the original without wanting the Nonpoint twist and sound to it.

Second to last on the second stage was Liberty Lies from the Black Country. A five piece alternative rock band who have toured with Halestorm, Shinedown and Heavens Basement. Belting out “Someone Else” and “Confessions of an Effigy” the crowd were fuelled up and ready for stage 2 headliners, Buffalo Summer.

I got the impression Fozzy was what most people had been waiting for and in true Jericho style, we had the intro “Do You Wanna Start A War” before he came on stage in a great flashing jacket. Fozzy put on an awesome show, lead singer – Chris Jericho is certainly an entertainer! They did a great cover of Abba’s “SOS” and the crowd really did go wild, jumping up and down and singing along. Lead guitarist Rich came out into the crowd, jumped on a box and was wheeled through the crowd back to the stage during “Sandpaper” and at the very end of their final song a Krokus cover of “Eat The Rich”, Jericho jumped into the crowd for a spot of crowd surfing.

Chris Jehrico - Fozzy

Headliners Buffalo Summer were on the second stage up next. A bluesy rock four piece from Swansea. I have seen Buffalo Summer a few times now and they always seem to impress me more every time. A great set to finish the second stage off, including a personal favourite of mine “Down To The River”, a song you can’t help but sing along to even if you’ve never heard it before.

The day’s headliner, The Temperance Movement were next on the main stage to finish what had been a great day of good rock music. The Temperance Movement are a five piece rock n roll band that has gone from strength to strength over the last 18 months. They have toured with The Rolling Stones and conquered America touring with Blackberry Smoke. I was so excited to see them back in the UK after what had seemed like a lifetime since I had seen them live. Playing a lot of their old classics “Only Friend”, “Midnight Black” and “Take It Back” but also some new stuff from their new album that’s out very soon including “Battle Lines”, “Three Bullets” and the bands favourite off their new album “Get Yourself Free”. At the end of their set the band attempted to leave the stage but of course, the crowd wanted more and they returned to do an encore which included the popular “Ain’t No Telling”.

Phil Campbell - The Temperance Movement

I had a great day at Winter Rocks, The Temperance Movement are one of my favourite bands and yes, I thoroughly enjoyed them but Fozzy stole the show for me. I would love to catch them again if they come back to the UK. Winter Rocks will be back in 2016 and I hope to see you there!

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.

Winter Rocks Festival

The Corporation Sheffield 5.12.15.

There is no better way to kick off the festive period than a fun filled line up over two stages at the award winning night club, The Corporation in Sheffield.

After a few delays in opening up, it was apparent the stage times was not going to go as originally planned. Unfortunately for us Bad Touch had to pull out as they had traffic problems getting to the event, however this was beneficial for Winter Rocks as this meant the original openers Skarlett Riot could take their spot and the event could stick to its original timescales.

So now opening Winter Rocks on the second stage were Fahran, and what an opener that was! Fahran are a five piece hard rock band from Nottingham. After waiting outside in the gale force winds waiting for the venue to open, Fahran certainly warmed us up with “Cased In Steel” and “Take This City Alive”.

Josh Ballantyne - Fahran

Skarlett Riot up next and opening the main stage, a female fronted four piece from Scunthorpe, who over the few years they have been together, have managed to play Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and Download. Skarlett the lead singer has a great voice and a knack for getting the crowd involved. “Cascade” was a great example of this as she asked the crowd joined in and then slowing it down a little with “Ignite”.

Skarlett - Skarlett Riot

Time for a quick run back to the second stage and unfortunately the stage times were now overlapping by a few minutes, so in full swing were Stags. Stags have a unique sound and although they describe themselves as alternative rock, I thought they had more of a prog/blues sound.

Chris Finney - Stags

Back to main stage for Sumo Cyco. A female fronted punk metal band from Canada. They had a lot of energy on stage and the crowd really enjoyed their set. This was a band I had never heard of and wasn’t too sure what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed their set which included “Like a Killer” and “Go Go Go”. A couple of new “Cyco’s” gained, that’s for sure!

Back to Verona were up next on the second stage, a five piece band playing good Rock n Roll in their hometown. As a relatively new band they are very likeable, their music doesn’t seem to stick to one genre and I think this makes them even more appealing. Be sure to check out their debut single “Every Other Time”, this went down a treat live!

Danny Wilkinson - Back To Verona

The Dirty Youth up next on the main stage, a female fronted five piece band from South Wales. The Dirty Youth have a rock-pop-punk sound and the crowd really enjoyed this unique sound with “Crying Out For You” and a Blondie cover “Atomic” The band had great enthusiasm and energy on stage.

The crowds were really starting to pick up now and it was back to the second stage for Silverjet, a three piece heavy rock band from Sheffield. With songs “Hell Yeah” and their next single “Don’t You Know Who We Think We Are” they had a great set.

Liam 'Pais' Hill - Silverjet

The well-dressed guys from Tax The Heat were next up on the main stage, a bluesy four piece from Bristol. Treating us to the new single “Some Sympathy”, which I am sure is going to do well if the crowd’s reaction was anything to go by. Finishing their set with their last single “Highway Home” you can see why these guys had the pleasure of supporting Thunder in their last tour.

Antonio Angotti - Tax The Heat

Review by Toni Reed and Photography by Neil Reed.