Hammerfest X

All hail Hammerfest X: The 10th Anniversary!

Take heed Metal Maniacs for the Tenth Anniversary of Hammerfest doth approach apace: the strongest hammer and metal action since Wayland and Thor started swinging their mighty mallets. And like the forge gods, we’re crafting something loud, special and VERY METAL for this momentous, decade-celebrating event, to be held between 15th – 18th March, 2018.

Standing at Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales, amidst the Snowden landscape, we Hammerfest housecarls summon once more the great and ancient tribes of Metal from far and wide! Come, brave hearts: set sail or march once more to Camp HRH, for adventure, music loud enough to wake the giants of Jotunheim, action, energy, and shenanigans – HF style!

Hammerfest X 2018

HF’s heralds are also proud to announce many a great act joining the HF X ranks, from around the world, making HF X a truly international celebration:

HF headliners are Brazilian heavy metal icons Sepultura. Metalsucks.net voted Sepultura #13 in their 25 Best Metal Bands of All Time poll (i.e. EVER!).

Hellyeah are an American supergroup with a distinctive blend of groove, alternative and nu-metal, who’ve charted in the Billboard Top 10, attracted a dedicated following, and earned their standing as a serious supergroup.

Aptly-named for Hammerfest, Gloryhammer are a Scots-Swiss high fantasy power metal power band founded by keyboard player Christopher Bowes (vocalist of pirate metal band Alestorm). Each band member represents a character in the story concept and appears on-stage in epic armour and costumes.

Music video by SEPULTURA performing ‘Roots Bloody Roots’ taken from the album ‘Roots’ available now on Roadrunner Records.

Music video by HELLYEAH performing ‘Moth’.

Music video by GLORYHAMMER performing ‘Angus McFife’ taken from the album ‘Tales from the Kingdom of Fife”, available on Napalmrecords.

Other great bands announced include:

Raging Speedhorn
Conan
Blaze Bayley
Mael Morda
Blood Red Throne
Grimner
Cypecore
Red Rum
Triaxis
Ohhms
Ballsdeep
Asomvel
Belligerence
Deadly Circus Fire
Dead Label
Codex Alimentarius
Critical Solution
Obzidian
Fallen Arise
Footprints in the Custard
Vice
Callus
Ex People

And that’s not all: there’s another 25 to come, including one headliner!

This cycle will also feature various genre stages under the banners of HRH Doom, HRH Stoner, HRH Metal, HRH Thrash and introducing HRH Black.

So get on board for another adventure to Hammerfest: Bigger, better, with more mates into metal than you can ever dream of!

N.B. Last year’s event sold out a full 11 months in advance, so we went on sale earlier than ever: Royalty went in minutes and we’re now under 34 rooms left for the weekend. This year’s bookings will go faster than a bard hightailing it to the mead tent, so book early. Call Rebecca on 0207 193 9564.

Hammerfest X will take place between 15th – 18th March 2018 Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales, amidst the Snowden landscape for this 3-day, multi-brand affair.

Oktopus

‘Worlds Apart’ release 1st April 2016.

Not often, are you led on a journey, so incautiously complex and chaotically structured, that it allows its destination to end so satisfyingly. It is comparably as rare to have found yourself spun around continually with such venom and yet not crave a foundation that is more stable and forgiving. Oktopus throws you around with all the might of an unapologetic eight-armed animal, yet leaves you intriguingly wanting to explore more. Never has a name epitomised their artists musicianship so aptly.

Oktopus

Oktopus not only throw you around with musical merriment, but an octopus, classified officially as a cephalopod, is an invertebrate, which means it has no back bone and this Birmingham trio, consisting of Alastair Bell on lead guitar, Samuel C. Roberts on Bass and Tim Wilson on drums, could also be considered Instrumental invertebrates as they have a sound that flows with flexibility . With an ensemble of progressive rock, electronic punk and jazzed up funk, they simply rip up the text book, with a freaky fluidity.

‘Worlds Apart’ is the artists first album release since the change of their name and lineup. The band used to go by the name Progoctopus and had released a debut EP ‘Transcendence’ before Alastair replaced previous vocalist, Jane Gillard, and they resultantly and cleverly in my opinion, decided upon shortening their title.

DISCORD (APPROACH) is an ominous opener. A short starter of a course, that as equally, many will find disconcerting to the palate, to as many that shall find it reassuring and calming. I’m not totally convinced that the band have any intention to instil an emotion, rather they set a mood and let the listener examine their own imagination. I see it somewhat as an invite into the unknown and an adventure into something as compelling as it is curious.

The first release off the album and the first full track, EYES OPEN, is a marauding monster of a song. It takes you and shakes you in to a state of comfortable confusion. The heavy mix of progressive rock, repetitive rifts, jazz styled bass and frenzied drumming should leave you slightly unbalanced. Oktopus however finds a cohesion in its chaos with arrangements that are completely complex in their composition. Alastair’s distinctive vocals shine through the abnormality and the new sound is set.

The title track WORLDS APART is very much of the same ilk and a sublime manifesto of jazz infused prog rock. It is littered with unashamedly unique and inspiring arrangements, all pulled in by the classy confides of Samuels contemporary bass. A special note has to go out to the spiralling guitar solo that see’s Alastair in the prime of his art.

After a completely manic and high energy start you’re beginning to question whether the powerful trio can keep up this level of unrelenting arousal throughout the entirety of the album. THE ADVENTURES OF JERRY TROUTMONTO (PART 1) soon reassures you that there is no chance of the three of them loosing any steam. More frenzied combinations of rhythmic raucousness is delivered. With no lyrical story telling, this three minute instrumental allows all three members off the leash to litter a busy track with all their hearts content and prove just how competent musicians they really are. A break from all the antics of absurdity is wilfully offered, however in the form of a short sound bite of musical valium. HARU provides a melodic midpoint mildness. A mix of mystical pipes that calms and restores a semblance of rest.

THE HAND ON YOUR SHOULDER, at least to begin with, continues this more gentler theme. It’s a more softer approach, with a more traditional jazz feel and tippy tappy guitar. The peace does not last long though and is broken by an all consuming chorus of impressive vocals which pull you back into the Bands true grit. There is reference to the strength of a soldier in this track, which got me thinking that if fate flung me into the front line, there could be no better soldier placed by your side than Tim Wilson whose drum sticks fire frenzied, machine like bullets, that rip through the air with feverish vigour. This man has astronomical talent and is simply a pleasure to listen to. As are the backing vocals, that adds a fine accompaniment to what is arguably the strongest song of the CD.

Never less, the final track of the album MINOTAUR is a rip roaring one. It leads you down a punchy and punky Alice in Wonderland type rabbit hole. It twists and turns and lends to the ears, some remarkably inventive mid sections. This is a potently powerful finish. The Rifts are raised, the drumming is as consistently explosive as ever and the bass holds less illusions of a ring master attempting to construct some control over a couple of rather ferocious lions.

Oktopus - 'Worlds Apart'

You may just feel like submerging yourself in the deepest and darkest deaths of the earths ocean after an introduction to these completely crazy individuals. However I suspect that if Oktopus find you, they will grab you and fling you on an exciting expedition which you won’t easily forget!

Track listing: 1.Discord (Approach) 2.Eyes Open 3.Worlds Apart 4.The Adventures of Jerry Troutmonto (part 1) 5.Haru 6.The Hand On Your Shoulder 7.Discord (Descent) 8.Minotaur

Review by Rod Grainger.

HRH Sleaze

O2 Academy Sheffield 2nd-3rd September 2017.

Perish the thought that we’ll see Sleaze in an election year, but thanks to HRH (Europe’s leading residential festival provider) there’s going to be plenty: Music that is, at HRH Sleaze, and even more acts have been announced for this exciting debut event.

Filled with swagger, aggro, and pose, HRH Sleaze will debut at the O2 Academy in Sheffield between 2nd-3rd September, 2017. HRH keeps expanding its rock genre coverage, coupled with expertise in providing an exciting, high-quality festival experience, with proper accommodation. Sleaze is a popular genre, but surprisingly hasn’t been given its own showcase until now.

“Once again we’ve listened to the fans and taken our lead from them,” says HRH boss Jonni Davis, “Sleaze went down so well when it’s played at other HRH events that we’ve given it its own festival – HRH Sleaze – and we’ve been building up a seriously badass line-up. HRH likes it loud and Sleaze delivers quantity and quality: volume and talent in spades.”

HRH Sleaze

HRH have continued to seek out even more acts for and are adding the talents of the very popular Swedish power rockers Bai Bang (who’ve toured with Alice Cooper, Dio, and Ratt); the ever-dynamic American Spread Eagle from NYC, famed for heavy heavy guitars and cutting lyrics; female-fronted hard rockers Chasing Dragons; the down and dirty rock of Gasoline Queen, and The Cruel Intentions (described by Classic Rock as having “more swagger than a dozen penguins bloated on krill”).

Music video by ‘Spread Eagle‘ performing ‘Scatch Like a Cat‘.

Music video by ‘Bai Bang‘ performing ‘Only The Best Die Young‘ taken from the album ‘Rock Of Life‘ set for release on April 28th 2017.

These acts join the already impressive line-up of Sleaze talent:

Faster Pussycat are considered the very essence of Sleaze, and HRH are proud to announce the kings of the genre will be playing the debut festival. Music video by Faster Pusscat performing ‘You’re So Vain‘ directed by Rocky Schenck.

The acclaimed Vain (described by ‘Classic Rock’ as “unharnessed, haystack-haired heaviness from beginning to end”) will also be joining the party. Music video by Vain performing ‘Beat The Bullet.

Jizzy Pearl/Love/Hate will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album ‘Wasted In America’: Where better to do this than HRH Sleaze? Music video by Jizzy Pearl/Love/Hate performing ‘Blackout in the Red Room‘ live.

Other class acts already announced include:

Tyla’s Dogs D’Amour , Tigertailz, Crazy Lixx, Sister, Bulletrain, Stop Stop, Wildside Riot, Kaato, New Generation Superstars, Daxx & Roxane, Devilfire, New Device, 44 Caliber, and Superhooch. Watch Tyla + Dogs D’Amour perform ‘Satellite Kid’ live.

With only 86 weekend passes left this looks like another HRH Sell out so book soon to avoid disappointment, online at www.hrhsleaze.com, or ring Sam on 0207 193 1307.