Scattering Ashes

Launch new album ‘The Gift’ with support from Aramantus, Signs Of Fire, Chemikill and Celestivl  O2 Academy3 Bham 28th Oct 2017.

The Halloween mood was in full swing at the O2 Academy tonight, with an array of fun, fancy dress and some scarily good music courtesy of Scattering Ashes, Aramantus, Signs Of Fire, Chemikill and Celestivl.

And getting this evening underway were Birmingham based symphonic metallers, Celestivl and there was no mistaking the fact that the band were intent on bringing the spirit of the night up onto the stage, with a variety of characters including none other that ‘Negan’ and of course his constant companion, Lucille – courtesy of Saneeta Ram. Lavish in both their looks and sound tonight, Celestivl present as a band set to make great strides with their music and if you get the chance to go see them, I highly recommend that you do.

Our next band for tonight were Chemikill and I really do have to give much praise to Tracey and the band, as these guys always give 110% to each and every performance and just as expected, their set tonight was rammed full of nothing but great metal. The band have one more gig left in the diary for this year and then roll on the 24th Feb 2018, when they will be back here again and headlining, no less, at another Ovation Music Management night – great stuff!

Next up were Signs Of Fire and here we have yet another pretty awesome West Midlands band who always pack a big punch live on stage with lead vocalist, Tommy Smith performance, being one heck of a force to be reckoned with! The band are set to record a new album shortly and I have every confidence that this will be one not to be missed.

Tonight’s penultimate performance came courtesy of the one and only Aramantus. It’s always a pleasure to see an up and coming young band reap the rewards of all their hard work and without any doubt, Aramantus are fast becoming a favourite of the regional rock and metal scene. As much as tonight was about the band getting up on stage and giving a great performance, it was also about having some fun, so a big round of applause going out to the band for tonight’s five star set.

Our headlining band for tonight were the Coventry based metallers, Scattering Ashes and my oh my, these guys were certainly dressed to impress tonight!! With pirates (and pilot?!) galore, the bands set laid down some serious tunes most noticeably from their newly recorded album ‘The Gift’, which has hit the ground charged with the sheer velocity that this band own.

Scattering Ashes will also be back playing another Ovation Music Management gig in the new year – January 20th at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton to be exact but just to keep you going until then, head on over to the bands Facebook page for details of how you can get hold of a copy of ‘The Gift’ for yourself!

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle

Von Hertzen Brothers

VII: War Is Over Tour!!
Live at The Rescue rooms Nottingham on 5th November 2017.

Although tonight is Bon Fire night, in the UK, I didn’t feel as though I was missing out, as I’ve had to endure fireworks going off, all week, so tonight was a welcome change and a different sort of BANG! As the venues website stated the doors were open at 18.30, I thought I’d get there nice and early, to meet up with the bands manager, Mr. Wolfie, who’s been a dear friend, for sometime now! As I rocked up to the doors, I saw a sign stating doors were actually opening at 19.30……seriously, how hard is it, to state the right opening time!

All was not lost though, as many others turned up early also, so I set about talking to the die hard fans, to get the low down on the Von Hertzen Brothers. One lady, who’s name I sadly missed, had travelled all the way from Perth, no, not in Australia, that would be an extremely good effort! No, Perth in Scotland, which is still some distance, to travel for a gigt, as she had to leave her house at 9am! She arrived in Nottingham around 4pm, so probably welcomed me asking her lots of band related questions! Not only was she attending the opening night of this tour, she was actually travelling the length and breadth of the UK, to attend every show, now thats commitment! She wasn’t alone either, she was meeting another lady, who was going to be attending every show with her and whilst we was talking, outside, two other young ladies from Finland, the bands home country had travelled all the way to the UK and would be attending the 1st five dates of the tour. Now if this doesn’t demonstrate an insane level of commitment, to a band, I don’t know what does! I’m sure the band appreciates the efforts, of die hard fans, like these, of that I’m sure of!

As I was able to go into the bands dressing room and drink a cup of tea with them, I know right, rock and roll, I thought I’d mention the efforts of these ladies, just so they was aware!

As time was ticking on, I had to leave the conversation, about tonights set list choice and head on down to the stage, so I could catch the only support band of the night, The Parallax Method, who I believe are a local Nottingham based band, as I recognised Mr. Ben Edis, who I’ve encountered with exceptional bands, like Spirytus and Breed 77, over the years. This is likely to be the quickest review, of a band, i’ve ever done. The Parallax Method are and instrumental prog rock band. The end.

Only joking, but on a serious note, I’m not a massive fan of either prog music, or Instrumental bands, but I am fan of these three, very talented musicians, who make up this band. If nothing else, they appeared to be really enjoying themselves on stage and thats good enough for me. There was nothing wrong with their performance tonight, although Ben’s bass appeared to die on him, on the very first song. Ever the professional, he got it going, before song 2. As these guys are talented musicians, I feel a little disappointed there were no lyrics, I’m sure, between them, they could muster a few words, to accompany their excellent music skills. I suppose, if you’re not a singer, but love playing live music, instrumental is the way to go! There’s many bands out there that only play instrumental. Hey ho.

The Von Hertzen Brothers then and yes, 3 of the 5 members are actually brothers and they come from Finland. The other 2, come from Sweden, apparently, which I only discovered whilst spending a brief amount of time in their presence. The band have previously released six albums, all of which have topped the album charts, in their home country. Hoping to capitalise on this success, on a global scale, the band have employed some serious talent in their new managers, with 7PM and have managed to sign a record deal with Mascot Label Group, to release their 7th album, War is Over. With the wealth of experience these 2 agencies have, I’m sure this new album will manage to reach far and wide, but its the strength and quality of the music that features on this album thats going to propel it to achieve major success (we hope).

It would appear, all three brothers have had a hand in writing the songs that feature on this new album, mostly during their time at their summer home, in Finland, which sits in a remote location, surrounded by nature and beauty. Lucky devils. The official blurb, I received from the record company states that Mikko, the bands guitarist and lead vocalist actually wrote some of his songs, whilst away in India. Whilst in their company, they mentioned they’d walked past an Indian restaurant, close to the venue and anyone who knows of Mogal-E-Azam, knows what great food they produce. After their show tonight, I know they had food delivered, for them to eat afterwards. It now all makes sense!

Watch the lyric video for the title track ‘War Is Over’ from the new compelling album by Von Hertzen Brothers..

I’ve managed to listened to the bands new album ‘War is Over’ and I can confirm, it’s a wonderful collection of 10 very well composed songs, many of which appear to be firm favourites, amongst their fans, after spending some time reading comments on the bands Face-ache page. I also get a sense that the band are very proud of this album as tonights set list (compiled in the dressing room) consisted of at least half the songs off this album and even opened their set with the title track. This shows a remarkable amount of courage and trust in their fans, to play a large proportion of songs, that most people have barely had time to digest, as the album was only released on the 3rd of this month (November) so thats 2 days before this gig!

Although the band are often branded as a prog band, which I can relate to, on a small scale, personally, I’d say they are an intelligent hard rock band, with a remarkable ability to write very catchy tunes, that go on for 12 and a half minutes! Tonights gig was a masterclass of showmanship and professionalism! We loved watching these guys perform, it was an absolute pleasure, so much so, we didn’t want them to Finnish! Be sure to catch them, on the road, over the next 2 weeks, or at the very least, if you’re going to either Hard Rock Hell, or HRH AOR, to go check them out, you won’t be disappointed!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Death Blooms

Reveal new music video ‘Last Ones’!!

Rising British metalcore group DEATH BLOOMS reveal new music video ‘Last Ones‘ ahead of UK Tour with Insane Clown Posse and Mushroomhead this November.

Hailing from Liverpool / Manchester, Death Blooms released their blistering self-titled debut EP last May and received critical acclaim from the press and music fans alike for its melodic hardcore metal fusion, and now they have premiered a brand new music video.

Watch ‘Last Ones’ (official music video)

Last Ones‘ is the third clip to be lifted from the band’s EP, following the release of ‘I’m Dead’ and ‘Sick’ earlier this year.

As supporters of the charity MIND, the new music video strongly voices Death Blooms’ concern that communities need to pull together and be more understanding of mental health issues in our society, especially as technology rapidly advances.

“‘Last Ones’ was shot by a good friend of ours called Bobby Pook (Sumo Crucial) and features myself and one of my best friends, Holly Fred”, explains Death Blooms vocalist Paul Barrow. “The video idea seemed to go hand in hand with the theme of the song and it came together really quickly. We wanted to give the feeling of people being brought together by things they didn’t ever consider. In this case, it was the feeling of being chased by the unexpected and unexplained. I’m really pleased with how it all ended up and I think it conveyed the exact message that it needed to. Bobby and Holly absolutely nailed it! Thanks, guys!”

Insane Clown Posse UK tour with special guests Mushroomhead and Death Blooms

13th Nov – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
14th Nov – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy Newcastle
15th Nov – GLASGOW Abc O2 Academy Glasgow
16th Nov – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
17th Nov – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz Manchester
18th Nov – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute Birmingham
19th Nov – LONDON O2 Forum Kentish Town


Death Blooms self-titled debut EP is out now.

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