Voted Number 10 on Planet Rock Top 20 albums of 2017 + debut UK shows confirmed for March 2018.

One of last year’s “ones to watch” rock bands; Samarkind have charted on Planet Rock’s Top 10 albums of 2017, which sees the multinational self release artists feature alongside the likes of Europe, Inglorious, Black Star Riders, Gun, Thunder, and Wayward Sons. The prestigious chart position, as voted for by the station’s listeners, follows Samarkind’s recent first live show in Dublin as guests to Inglorious, and the release of their self-titled debut album this past November.

Not to be missed: Samarkind make their debut in the UK this March with a series of live shows.

Vocalist David Paul Byrne says, “Myself, Michal, Mark and Marius are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received for our album and are chuffed to bits to be sitting at no.10 on the Planet Rock album of the year chart! We are so excited to be hitting the road this year and are looking forward to doing what we do best live and meeting everyone in person.”

Samarkind’s self-titled debut album was released on the 24th November 2017 to widespread praise from the media and music fans alike.

Samarkind live in the UK:

16th March – Glossop, The Globe Inn
17th March – Evesham, The Iron Road, Evesham
18th March – Newport, The Patriot
30th March – Leicester, Firebug
31st March – Birmingham, The Asylum
1st April – London, The Black Heart


2017 Highlights:

Playlisted by Planet Rock Radio / Voted number 10 by Planet Rock listeners on Top 20 Albums Of 2017 chart.

“Rousing bluesy-rock blending classic rock influences with contemporary energy.” Classic Rock Magazine.

Voted no.2 ‘Tracks Of The Week’ / “Tasty, riffy debut… soulful.” Classic Rock Magazine / Team Rock.

“A faultless example of blues rock perfection… This is something special.” Powerplay Magazine

As featured in Fireworks Magazine

Album of the week “Samarkind is the real deal. Get it. Highly recommended.” Dangerdog Music Reviews

“Best Album / Best New Band” Metal Talk (Brian Boyle best of 2017)

“A really impressive debut album.” Black Velvet Magazine

As featured in Top 30 Bands Of 2017 by Great Music Stories

“Impressive… you need to check this out.” Stencil Mag

“Samarkind are on fire with their debut.” Musipedia Of Metal

As featured on Radio Nova

“The next great Rock and Roll band has arrived.” Rock ‘N’ Load

“The music speaks volumes… an impressive debut.” RAMzine

“Samarkind is crammed full of memorable songs, excellent musicianship and is a brilliant debut… the album is an essential purchase for classic rock fans.” My Global Mind

“Ignites the sort of gust that only a flex of Zeus’ bicep could produce.” HEAVY Magazine

“An immediate stunner.” – Jenny Tate Reviews

“An effortless classic album.” 3 Songs & Out

“An amazing album… and this is only their full-length debut… Incredible.” Hardrockheavymetal

“Buy this album. It will blow you away… the best debut of 2017.” Jace Media

“Every song is well written, thoughtfully produced and performed with feeling and a standard of musicianship that is truly amazing.” ROX Rock n Metal

“Samarkind are pretty special… the debut album is ace! Simple as that.” Maximum Volume Music

“These songs are sure to blow the roof off live. A cracking debut album.” Midlands Rocks

“Samarkind absolutely nail it!” Rockposer

“A stunningly impressive album.” Down The Front Media

“Samarkind have produced a debut that oozes class.” – Belfast Metalheads Reunited

“Well executed… this is a worthy debut… definitely ones to watch.” Get Ready To Rock

“Samarkind embraces classic blues rock to perfection.” Dedicated Rocker Society

“There’s something about Samarkind that sets them apart and deserves your attention.” The Rockpit

“Unapologetic rock… full of positive mental spirit … fiendtastic.” Raw Ramp

“Right from the off they looked hell bent on making this opportunity count. Their delicious blend of blues and straight up in your face hard rock kicked off with a rousing bluegrass treated ‘Black Rain’ which took a few punters by surprise and made them put away their smartphones…” (live with Inglorious at The Academy)

“An album that is going to light a fire.” GBHBL

“Samarkind have produced an awesome album… it’s nothing short of incredible.” Market Square Heroes

“This debut album has represented itself admirably… Samarkind are ready to take on the world.” AC Rock Reviews

“This album showcases a brilliant combination of blues rock and traditional rock music, as well as occasionally morphing into a completely unique sound laced with elements of country/Irish music.” Midlands Metalheads

“Epic sounding… a bonafide classic in-waiting.” Devils Gate Media

“A WOW effect… from Classic Rock to Country Rock and Folk Rock, this album has earned a place alongside Def Leppard, Status Quo and co.” Hellfire-Magazine

“Samarkind’s passion runs through the veins of their debut and you should have fun with it.”

“Turn off the light, relax, grab yourself a bottle of bourbon with and enjoy this bad-ass classic blues heavy rock album.” Heavy Paradise

“Exceptional… Samarkind is the real deal.” Roxx 2 Metal

“Samarkind is a remarkable album for a band so new… It’s a rare thing to find such a well-crafted debut, and is highly recommended hearing.” Noizze

“If Kurt Sutter knew Samarkind when he made ‘Sons Of Anarchy’, he would have grabbed them. Samarkind are here to stay.”

“Every year it happens, just as I’m finalising my top ten albums along comes an absolute doozy.” AnythingwithGuitars


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Be Prog! My Friend


Following the recent announcement that A Perfect Circle were one of the headliners for Be Prog! My Friend 2018, the festival have now added Baroness to the line-up.

The organisers comment – ‘formed in 2003 the US based band provide another vision of what progressive music can be. Mixing sludge, stoner and progressive rock, albums such as ‘Red’ are a masterpiece’. We know the crowd at the festival will fall in love with Baroness instantly. Please give them a warm welcome!’

With more artists to be announced soon the line-up for Be Prog! My Friend 2018 now features A Perfect Circle, Sons of Apollo, Baroness, Pain of Salvation, Plini, Gazpacho, Oranssi Pazuzu and Persefone.

Baroness – “Take MY Bones Away” official music video!

Named as ‘Event of the Year’ at this year’s Progressive Music Awards the Barcelona based festival, sponsored by Inside Out Music, has played host to the likes of Opeth, Steven Wilson, Anathema, Devin Townsend, TesseracT, The Pineapple Thief, Magma, Agent Fresco, Camel, Meshuggah, Katatonia, Riverside, Ulver, Animals as Leaders, Ihsahn, Alcest, Jethro Tull and Marillion and will take place on 29th and 30th June next year.
Held in the beautiful open air surroundings of Poble Espanyol – a huge stone built architectural museum – the site is one of the most important and striking landmarks of tourism in Barcelona. Whilst by day the Catalonian hotspot may play host to some of Barcelona’s most interesting historical articles, by the end of June it will instead play host to some of the world’s finest progressive artists.

Tickets are on sale now priced at 130 Euros alongside exclusive hotel deals from the festival website:

‘And so Prog finds itself in love with Barcelona, the delightful weather and everything that Be Prog! My Friend has to offer’ – Prog Magazine

‘The leading festival for progressive music in Spain, showcased avant-garde music in a magnificent location’ – The Independent

‘Set in the hazy sunlit square of Barcelona’s historic and quite stunning Poble Espanyol, it certainly beats the sodden mud of the British festival season’ – Total Guitar Magazine

‘If nothing else, it proves that prog is alive and kicking. Especially in Catalonia’ – Classic Rock Magazine..

Be Prog! My Friend takes place in the heart of Barcelona and with an airport only 12km away, regular, cheap flights make it an easy festival to get and from the UK. Bands will start playing from mid/late afternoon each day which will also mean visitors have plenty of time to explore the stunning city of Barcelona while they are there:

Midlands Metal Crusade

25th November at The Slade Rooms Wolverhampton.

Hils Ovations Midlands Metal Crusades have now become a regular and much looked forward to celebration of the Midlands metal scene and today’s event at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton see’s it’s seventh reincarnation ready to roar.

And getting today’s immense shenanigan’s underway were the exceptionally talented Devils Playground, who really have given their all this year and stamped their mark firmly upon the West Midlands local metal scene. With a stage performance awash in energy and attitude, it was easy to see why this band scored such a great hit at this years Bloodstock and with such talent and enthusiasm that continually seems to grow, I can’t wait to see what this band will bring about next.

Our second band of the day were the deliciously colourful SID who despite being a very recent addition to today’s line up, had a pretty hearty crowd of fans ready, willing and waiting for them to get up on stage and do their thing! SID’s set was as always, full of metal character and there is never a dull moment to be had when these guys are around as their stage presence is equally as charismatic as their music.

Next up and a firm favourite of mine were Netherhall. I wholeheartedly admire this band as they bring to the airwaves a uniqueness that is born out of a progressive creativity which just seems to know no boundaries. Today’s set from Netherhall held The Slade Rooms captive and was an absolute pleasure to experience.

With 5.30pm fast approaching, it was time for relative newcomers Torqued to take to the stage. But having described them as that, there was absolutely no denying that the ability, experience and no bullshit approach that these guys have for their metal, is propelling them in exactly the right direction – and fast!

Marking the mid-way point of the day were Master’s Call and here we have a band whose brand of blackened death metal is both brutal and disturbing to the point of perfection. Lead singer Shayan, cuts a menacing dark figure on stage, which most definitely adds to the impressive stance that this band deliver.

Our next band to take to the stage were Fire Red Empress and recent months have seen anticipation growing for the release of the band’s outstanding album, ‘Black Morphine‘, which I have to say is something they can TRULY be proud of. With several tracks included in tonight’s performance, their thirty minute set flew by way too fast but I’m very pleased to say that Fire Red Empress will be back at The Slade Rooms again for Hils Ovation on 20th January 2018, so get that date down in your diary now as this gig will be one that your really don’t want to miss!

Fire Red Empress – ‘GIANTS’ Official Video.

2017 has been quite a year for Vicious Nature and just as their popularity continues to grow, so do they musically and for me, the set that they delivered tonight was one of the highlights of the day. It’s always great to see a band enjoying their performance as much as their audience and factors such as that really do fuel the anticipation for what comes next, which I understand will be a new EP so I shall definitely look forward to that!

Our penultimate band of the day were At Dawn We Attack and with their endless energy and adrenaline free flowing throughout the entirety of their set, these guys really put their own stamp of excellence to the day. With guest vocalists also joining them up on stage, their was no shortage of community spirit to be enjoyed which was really quite something to be a part of.

And without further ado, it was time for our guest headliners of the day to hit the stage and much to the audible appreciation of The Slade Rooms audience, that is exactly what Orange Goblin did. With a small army of Orange Goblin troops in attendance, there was no denying that they got the performance that they came to see, with songs such as ‘Scorpionica‘, ‘The Filthy & The Few‘ and the rather epic ‘Red Tide Rising‘ being included within tonight’s set list choice and bringing today’s top notch event to a rousing close.

Review and Photography by Sue Wardle.