Aaron Keylock

Reveals new video ‘Spin the Bottle’ .

Taken from his debut album ‘Cut Against the Grain‘ Out 20th January 2017. Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock will release his highly anticipated debut album ‘Cut Against The Grain’ on 20th January 2017 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group (Black Stone Cherry, Monster Truck, Big Jesus, Vola, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion).

Ahead of the album release later this week he has released the video for new single ‘Spin the Bottle’.

Aaron has picked up a wealth of critical praise for ‘Cut Against The Grain’ from The Daily Mirror who cited him as one of the Top Tips for 2017 as well as plaudits from BBC Radio’s Bob Harris and Alex Lester, Shindig, Classic Rock, Q, Total Guitar, Powerplay, Fireworks, R2, Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Maverick Magazine, Guitarist plus many more.

Before releasing an official single he had already been highly touted as one of the UKs hottest acts to watch out for; Kerrang! declared him the “New Solo Superstar” in the 2015 Fresh Blood List (Alongside PVRIS, Slaves, SHVPES, Qween Kwong & Knucklepuck); at Bloodstock 2014 Metal Hammer wrote “It’s ludicrous that someone as talented as Aaron Keylock is a mere 16 years old but if anyone can shred like Gary Moore, this young buck can.” Total Guitar called him one of 2016s ‘Ones to Watch’ after seeing him at Dot to Dot saying “TG caught his set and we walked away with our brain thoroughly melted”, Classic Rock included him in the Sounds of and Class of 2015 and have called him “blistering” and a “precocious talent”.

He picked up the guitar aged 8 and by the age of 11 he was rocking the clubs in his hometown, Oxford. Already a young road rock warrior with hundreds of shows under his belt including shows at Jazz Café and Alexandra Palace in London as well as the Ace Cafe and Biker rallies across the UK where Harley Davidsons would screech on the stage around him. At 16 he supported US rockers Blackberry Smoke on their ‘Leave A Scar’ UK tour as well as their 2016 ‘Like An Arrow’ tour. The Bloodstock Festival crowd head-banged to Against The Grain in 2014 and at Download 2015 he played to a squeezed to capacity tent. Since then he has been on the road with The Answer, The Cadillac Three, The Graveltones, Wilko Johnson, Joanne Shaw-Taylor and SIMO as well as blistering sets on the 2015 festival circuit at Dot to Dot and Ramblin’ Man.

He recorded the album in LA in 2016 with producer Fabrizio Grossi who has previously worked with Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Slash, Ice-T, George Clinton and Zakk Wylde. The album highlights a prodigious young British rock talent completely at one with his guitar, blasting out his first songs with a raw and powerful attitude. He showcases Americana tinged slide rock guitar in tracks such as Against The Grain, Down and Sun’s Gonna Shine whilst flashes of Gary Moore haunt the epic Just One Question and All The Right Moves. Crowd favourite Medicine Man was the first song he ever demo-ed whilst the hints of Rory Gallagher on All The Right Moves is a lightning rocker that’s fast becoming a live favourite. That’s Not Me was inspired by The Faces and No Matter What The Cost is an expressive nod towards the Allman Brothers.

Things have been building momentum and in Cut Against The Grain, Aaron Keylock is set to launch himself on the world full throttle.

Aaron keylock

Upcoming Shows:

24-26 February – Planet Rock Winter’s End Festival, Poole

15-16 April – HRH Blues Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield

Visit AARON KEYLOCK online.

HRH Metal

11th & 12th Feb 2017 O2 Academy Birmingham B1 1DB.

Hard Rock Hell has been staging festivals and residential events for over 10 years now, our cult Metal community comes from every corner of the world, love their Music and would die to keep hold of a special set of Mates that tick every box in their Metal World.

HRH Metal 2017

2016 witnessed HRH opening up city experiences, where we take over historical music venues, capture every hotel on the door step and rebrand them to HRH Hotels, so we can do “our thing “. These included HRH Doom vs HRH Stoner & HRH NWOBHM, both parked in Sheffield and both Sold Out in under 7 weeks.

We now move into 2017, a new destination, a new venue, a new event. HRH Metal will take place on the 11th and 12th February 2017. 2 days and nights of quality Metal over 3 arenas @ the highly acclaimed 02 Academy, Birmingham. The St Valentines Day Metal Meltdown will see nearly 40+ Metal bands “Kick Start” the Metal Calendar for 2017 with an exceptionally well priced ticket for all of those who possess a love for Metal.

HRH Metal will visit every genre of Metal out there and select a horde of bands from around the planet to come and descend into the Realms of Brum and do what HRH does best, put on a legendary annual event, curated and programmed by the HRH Metal community. We’re looking at new bands as well as worldwide breaking bands, bands on their 2nd / 3rd release, coming together with a nice selection of classic metal on top to create Chapter 1 of HRH Metal.

We feel this one, as everything else we’ve launched, will go at a very accelerated rate, hence the heads up. No fields, no dodgy weather, it’s all indoors. If your not local, you can have your own quality gaffs with fully equipped toilets, TV, heating n showers in tow at one of the HRH Hotels at the right price.. And everything within a stones throw from the arenas and fun. If you are local, then you know where we are. Be rest assured we will have the full Metal spectrum catered for and after this year’s HRH United / Hammerfest success, we know exactly what you will be needing to take it to the next level !!..after all , you lot asked for it….and let’s face it, you know what you want.

3 Arenas, 2 Days n Nights of Solid Metal!
To secure your ticket or Hotel book online www.hrhmetal.com or ring Bex on 0207 193 9564.

Midlands Metal Crusade VI

The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton 26th November 2016.

There are some events that will never fail to be highlights of my year and The Midlands Metal Crusade is one of them, as events such as this bring together so many of the great bands who are loved and supported throughout the area and ultimately, it is a showcase for the local music scene at it’s finest.

Today’s line up will see eight bands take to the stage at The Slade Rooms here in Wolverhampton and getting this impressive event underway, were Exiles Of Elysium. In the company of an enthusiastic and eager audience, these five guys rolled out an adrenaline packed set with the savage lead vocals of Andy Horton, faultless to the core.

Andy Horton - Exiles of Elysium

And keeping the momentum rising were our second band of the day, Devil’s Playground. When you consider that these guys and gal have only been together since December 2015, the level of admiration and support that they’ve already achieved, speaks volumes about the music and stage presence that this talented band possess. Today’s eight song set from Devil’s Playground fitted the bill perfectly and without any doubt at all, confirmed that these guys are a band to watch out for.

The Midlands Metal Crusade first came to fruition back in 2013 and one of the many great bands who have repeatedly supported it, are XVII. Today’s set from the band saw them raging at full throttle with their merciless riffs and vocals making for one hell of a great performance but no surprises there, as anything less than 100% from XVII, just ain’t gonna happen!

Vaughan Bennett - XVII

Our next band of the day were Black Ink Sun and given the speed at which their reputation is growing, this band were one who were definitely not to be missed. Consumed within a turmoil of writhing aggression, their sound and style is rapturously feral and had the audience firmly within it’s grip, throughout the entirety of the set. I can only echo the good words that have already been said about Black Ink Sun and I hope that the new year brings them back up this way again – sharpish!

With the Midlands Metal Crusade having raced past it’s midway point, there was no time or chance to exhale, as the momentum within The Slade Rooms was still rising fast, for the awesomeness that is Haerken. As a wee sproggling, I loved nothing more than to be spirited away by a captivating storybook and for me, Haerken possess that same quality, as within each and every performance of theirs, there is a dramatic adventure to behold. Tonight’s set not only saw Haerken commanding the stage but also gave rise to an Evil Scarecrow and brother in arms, Monty Blitzfist joining them for a song or two, which truly went down a storm.

Laird Logan Haerken

With the event now running slightly behind schedule, not a moment was left to waste and the fast paced thrash of Eradikator was set to drive the night on with exceptional dexterity. Drenched with a torrent of adrenaline, the intricacy and detail of their twin riff attacks was all consuming and tonight’s set from the band saw them on absolute peek form, with the atmosphere on stage rolling off stage aswell and producing a sea of fists pumping the air. For me, this was Eradikator at their finest and an absolute pleasure to behold.

Liam Priest - Eradikator

Over the years, I’ve had the great privilege of photographing and reviewing Martyr De Mona on many an occasion, so for me and many others here at The Slade Rooms tonight, this evenings set from the band was destined to be a bitter/sweet one as after a hefty ten years of making some pretty outstanding music, this was going to be their last performance… ever. To say that emotions were running high is an understatement but true to form, when the going gets tough, Martyr De Mona have always stood tall and tonight these guys owned the stage like giants!

Louis Hale - Martyr de Mona

With former band member Ant Rickett also making a guest appearance, the years rolled back with ease, with the warmth and recognition ringing out in the audiences appreciation at the end of each and every song. With such a wealth of anthems to MDM’s name, it’s hard to imagine how one track could stand out in tonight’s set but their final song of the night ‘Gravity Breaks’ made for the most lasting of memories, because if ever a song was written in the innocence of how poignant it’s lyrics would become, then this song is it. Martyr De Mona will without doubt be missed but here’s wishing that whatever light shines on their future, it will be a very bright one indeed.

The metal genre has produced a wealth of hero’s and amongst that list you can’t fail but find our Crusade headliners, as Evil Scarecrow are what I would classify as legends in their own universe. The live experience of Evil Scarecrow is one which has always left me grinning from ear to ear and quite often speechless, and with that probability fixed firmly in mind, the madness and mirth commenced!

Dr Rabid Hell - Evil Scarecrow

From the moment that Evil Scarecrow set foot on stage, the audience were electric and I think that it’s fair to say that Evil Scarecrow set out to enjoy their time on stage as much as their fans did. Just as I’d hoped, we were all swept up by their all consuming aura and none more so than in the company of ’Crabulon’, which saw the audience pinching the air and furtively scuttling across the Slade Rooms like their lives depended on it! And of all the Crusades that I’ve attended over the years, tonight’s finale was most definitely one of a kind.

This Midland Metal Crusade has definitely been a highlight of my year and when it comes down to making an excellent day like today happen, the contribution of so many is key to it’s success. Thanks must go out to all the bands for getting up there and raising the roof, the audience for keeping live music live, the staff at The Slade Rooms and Wolverhampton Civic for providing an excellent home for the Midlands Metal Crusade and also the Sound/lighting engineers for keeping us all rocking.

Big thumbs up must go out to Tony Gaskin aswell for joining the dots up on stage and of course, to the Mother of Metal herself, Hils, whose tireless commitment to the metal scene is truly awesome. x

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.