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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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Be Prog! My Friend


A Perfect Circle have been revealed as the headliners for Be Prog! My Friend festival 2018. The band who recently shared new song’ The Doomed’ will release their first new album since 2004 next year. KATATONIA AND ORANSSI PAZUZU ALSO ADDED!!

The festival comments:

‘With A Perfect Circle’s new album out in 2018 it is the ideal time for them to play at Be Prog! My Friend, where we cannot wait to see them live. Really, we could not be more excited with having them as our biggest ever headliner. You cannot miss this edition of the festival. Tickets are going to sell fast!’

Named as the ‘Event of the Year’ at this year’s Progressive Music Awards the Barcelona based festival, sponsored by Inside Out Music, have also announced that Swedish melancholic metallers Katatonia will perform their 2006 album ’The Great Cold Distance’ in full, continuing the trend of special band sets at the event.

Drummer Daniel Moilanen comments:

‘In the quiet cold of late June we fix our eyes on the scorching Catalonian sun as Katatonia return to Barcelona and Be Prog My Friend. To celebrate this and to increase coldness, the wings of ‘The Great Cold Distance’ will once again unfurl. Are you in or are you out?’

They will also be joined by Finnish psychedelic black metal outfit Oranssi Pazuzu. The festival organisers have described seeing them live will be like ‘diving in to an unlit and terrifying ocean, and we really recommend you come and live the experience with us.’

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

Watch A Perfect Circle New Single “The Doomed” !!

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Be Prog! My Friend which 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 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 –