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Amplified

Live review Saturday 22nd July 2017.

Some called it biblical, some called it apocalyptic, either way, I can confirm Friday evenings weather messed everything up but that didn’t stop us from having a great night though, even if things there after didn’t go to plan.

Saturday’s proceedings saw the main stage playing host to a combination of bands from both the Very Metal Art Stage and the Red Stripe Stage, as the VMA stage basically closed for the rest of the festival but thankfully, the guys who ran the main stage managed to get it back up and running safely, and allowing us to continue enjoying ourselves.

Bands who were scheduled were contacted and asked if they still wanted to play and if so, Amplified would try and slot them in, on either the main stage, or the newly adopted second stage over in the beer tent. Sadly, with the pit in the beer tent being very small, access was restricted to the official festival photographers only so I was restricted to the main stage only for today.

That said, there was a great days entertainment to be had on the main stage and first up are a band I have some seriously conflicting emotions with. Outright Resistance are made up of some very talented, yet on stage, very angry young individuals which helps make Outright Resistance, who they are. During today’s set, Paige, the bands lead singer gave several rousing speeches about equality, mental health and other aspects of society and mentioned that if anyone was feeling down, they were free to contact the band, or them personally and talk freely to them about issues they may be experiencing which I though this was commendable.

Press to MECO were up next – we love a good three piece here and these guys didn’t disappoint. There is no question that 2016 was a pivotal year for Press To MECO, building on their unconventional take on riffs, pop hooks and 3-part vocal harmonies that have become a trade mark. PRESS TO MECO have released their new single “If All Your Parts Don’t Make A Whole”, the first track to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album “Here’s To The Fatigueout on 17th November 2017.

Scarsun, a female fronted band, ticked all the right boxes. Jessica’s vocals reminded me of Floor’s – the whole band, in fact had a very similar feel to that of Nightwish, which was enjoyable to listen to. Matt, the bands guitarist, who I’ve known of for a while, appeared to be concentrating very hard, yet the bands bassist, Paul appeared to be a right character, playing up to the cameras, to great effect! I will try and catch this band again!

Welcome Back Delta recently supported Lionize at The Flapper in Birmingham, which was probably a great gig as from what I saw of the in between rain falls, they appeared to have all the right ingredients for an accomplished rock band – antics, great songs and riffs, plenty of riffs and that is always good. Unfortunatley, trying to operate a camera through a plastic bag is in fact a very hard thing to do – so I didn’t!

When an apocalypse is upon you, there’s only one band you need have play and to get you through it and they are Anti-Clone. I simply love this bands music and their live performances which I got to mention to Con, one of the bands guitarists, who said the bands energy and persona on stage was a conscious decision that the band made back when they first formed, as going to shows before hand were boring and lifeless. Yes – a band that gets it as a live show needs to be just that, entertaining! Take a bow Anti-Clone and speaking of which, at the end their set the band played out to a Linkin Park track and whilst doing so, they revealed their true identities for the first time ever out of respect for the recently deceased Chester Bennington. RIP sir, you’ll be greatly missed. Many bands, over the course of the weekend paid tribute to Chester, in one way or another, which was great to see.

Firm favourites, ‘Rain’ of Fury’ brought a little light humour to their set by wearing some super ‘sunnyHawaiian shirts, which made us all feel as though we were somewhere sunny and hot. No such luck, but their set was terrific as per usual. I must say, this bands drum kit reminds me of a porn film though, what with the leopard print on it. ah, the laughs!

Time for a break, so I jumped on over to the Motley Brew tent for another of many cups of tea that I had here, over the course of the weekend. Phil, who runs the best tea stall at any and every festival going is a great bloke, he also makes a mean cuppa! Thanks dude.

Back on the main stage we had Krysthla, who were my surprise find of the day. I’ve received their press releases from Stampede Press over recent months, so I was keen to check these guys out live. Today’s set was a powerful display of metal, which followed on nicely from the previous two bands we’d just witnessed! The bands new album, released earlier this year, titled ‘ Peace In Our Time’ appears to be doing very well, in various music charts and has been well received, by the critics. Be sure to check these guys out, if you can – you won’t be disappointed.

Having spoken to Barry, the lead singer of Massive Wagons, prior to their set in the beer tent, I’d told him of my disappointment at missing photographing their set due to pit restrictions and thanks to his powers of persuasion, he managed to sweet talk the stage manager into opening the pit up to all of us non-official togs wanting to shoot Massive Wagons. I, of course was first in line, no second, no third, well, I eventually got in the pit to shoot these phenomenal rockers, from Lancashire! I love this band and the guys who make it so awesome are the biggest reason why I love them so much, they are all great guys and very entertaining. Some would even go as far as calling them sexy….ppfft, behave, have you seen them with the lights on? HAHA!

I watched as much of the ‘Massive Wagons’ set as I could but as I heard One Machine starting up over on the main stage, I made a mad dash to catch them as this was the first time I’ve been able to catch this band live. This band features non other than Stefano, on bass, who’s also another fantastic character in the music world, such a nice guy. When ever we’re at an event together, he always says hello and is happy to chat with me, which we do when ever we get the chance. I haven’t seen him performing live since his time in Savage Messiah, which was some time ago now! One Machine, remember this name, I dare say you’ll be hearing it a lot more, from here onwards! Great live band!

With Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons opting to deliver their headlining slot over in the beer tent instead of the main stage, this now meant that Evil Scarecrow would play the Red Stripes stage instead – Result! And as Evil Scarecrow are one of the best performing live bands around, who provide one of the best live shows in the music world today, it was fate. All their usual antics took place tonight, just as you’d expect and as a special thank you to the two contestants of the televised game show, ‘Pointless‘, who’d mentioned the band live on air, stating they’d spend their winnings on going to watch Evil Scarecrow, the band got them up on stage to say thank you and also to show off their winning trophies. The pair certainly appeared to be enjoying themselves, up on that stage, with the band for a song. After which, Dr. Hell stated “now get off my stage” in the nicest possible way, of course!

Evil Scarecrow have recently announced that to celebrate the fact that they started some 15 years ago, to the day (nearly) that they’re heading off to perform at Waken open air festival, which is a dream come true for the band and well deserved too. I wish we could be in Germany to see it, like we have for all of their other major milestones but sadly we’re not, however I know those who are there will have an absolute blast, as will everyone in the band. Enjoy guys.

I’ll now hand you over to Sue for her take on the Sunday here at Amplified Festival. It’s been a blast and I hope that we get to do it all again and see you back at Amplified Festival in 2018!

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)

Massive Wagons

Welcome to the World is available from 29th April 2016.

Massive Wagons have returned with album number three and trust me is does not disappoint. For those of you who are already a fan of Massive Wagons, you will know them for their catchy songs that you end up singing all day long and trust me, this album is full of them.

Massive Wagons

With the raw vocals of Barry Mills, whose unique voice sounds great backed up with heavy guitar solos and riffs from Adam and Carl, this album has the classic Wagons feel to it and with the ear shattering drums (Alex) and classic thundering bass of Adam Bouskill, it will leave you wanting more.

The album kicks off as it means to go on, with its fast paced heavy rock N roll let loose from the very first track ‘Nails’ and carried through to their new single ‘Tokyo’ and also the title track ‘Welcome To The World’.

So do check this out and if I was you, I’d keep the 29th April free in your diaries to get this album and get your rock on!!!!

Watch ‘Tokyo’ taken from the album ‘Welcome To The World’ Available from 29th April.

Review by Matthew York.

Hard Rock Hell 9

Hafan y Mor Pwllheli – Thursday 12.11.15.

Christmas has come early or so it would seem, looking at the line up for HRH9! Thursday is usually a day for travelling up to Pwllheli, Gwynedd, North Wales and thankfully the weather wasn’t as bad as first thought. Once the usual sign-in was completed, it’s time to hit the beer as the music doesn’t usually start until the evening, which gives people plenty of time to get settled in and meet up with friends. For those who have signed up to the Dark Circle, which is HRH’s fan club of sorts, the party starts early in the Mash and Barrel Bar, where they have set aside a room specifically for these guys. I saw what was going on and went in with my camera, not sure if I was allowed to, but HRH tends to employ a lot of the same crew, so we’re almost like family. Thankfully, the security guy recognised me from previous years and almost seemed pleased to see me and let me in! Once inside I could see the beer was already flowing and to help the party start with a bang, we had the mighty Trucker Diablo playing, who have recently joined the fold of “Off Yer Rocka” Recordings.

Just so we’re clear, Chic PR runs the HRH brand and all their associated events. They also run the record label, “Off Yer Rocka” Recordings, which now see’s some of the best bands that the rock industry has to offer signed to it and when you have so many great bands signed to your label, why not feature them on your festival? Current signings are, The Qureboys / Bonafide / Pig Iron / Screaming Eagles / Massive Wagons / Attica Rage / SKAM / The Texas Flood / Arthemis / Afterlife / Vargas Blues Band / Trucker Diablo and the new arrivals Chase the Ace, from Israel!

Thursday’s entertainment, which usually takes place on the 2nd stage, had this year been set up to take place on the main stage, which, in my opinion worked much better and of the five bands billed for tonight, four were in fact Off Yer Rocka signings, with the exception of the mighty Black Label Society, who I was most looking forward to seeing play again, here at HRH 9, what a booking, well done HRH!

Irish lads, Screaming Eagles started tonight off in fabulous style. This year I’d brought my parents along, as I knew they would love this festival and thankfully they did, so much so, that they’ve already bought a room for HRH X. Next year promises to be this festivals best year yet, as it will be celebrating ten years in the game, but I’m getting ahead of myself a little!

Screaming Eagles were my folks favourite band of the evening, so much so, that my old man rushed off to buy their latest album from the merch area! Although their set featured many of their own tracks, for those that may not be familiar with the band, they dropped in two covers into the set so people could relate with the band, one was a Led Zeppelin cover and the other was an ACDC cover. A quality act in deed!

Chris Fry - Screaming Eagles

Next up and fresh from their performance to the Dark Circle masses were Trucker Diablo. This was in fact the first (second) time I’ve had the pleasure seeing them play live, however I am very much aware of who they are and had been looking forward to seeing them play at HRH and my patience clearly paid off, as I got to see them play twice in one night! It seemed tonight was a night for cover versions, as Trucker did a track, ‘Seek and Destroy’, by Metallica, but here’s the twist – they changed the words to “drink beer, destroy” and it worked well and got the crowd singing along with them!

Tom Harte - Trucker Diablo

HRH’s house band, Attica Rage were next up and these guys always deliver and I’m glad they featured the best cover version of ‘Crazy Horses’ that I’ve ever heard (probably the only cover version) in tonight’s set, but it always goes down well with the HRH faithful. After speaking with the band, apparently, this track, by the “The Osmonds” no less, the least rock band ever, is the riff that the guys in Attica Rage wished they’d wrote themselves!

Stevie Bell - Attica Rage

You don’t usually encounter diva’s at HRH, but if anyone was going to be a diva, it was going to be Zakk Wylde, well he wasn’t really a diva, but he was twenty minutes late, which had the crowd cheering for his ass to hurry up onto the stage. To be fair, I was pretty excited about seeing him again, as the last time I saw him he was brilliant! That knowledge made me wise to the fact that during the first song would tag a massive mouthful of water and spit it out towards the crowd and I’ve never seen photographers move so fast!

Zak Wylde - Black Label Society

Simply put, Black Label Society are one of those must see bands, for any lover of any music featuring a guitar! He loves a solo and we love him for it!

Black Label Society

Full Set list consisted of: 1.The Beginning 2.Funeral Bell 3.Bleed For Me 4.Heart Of Darkness 5.Suicide Messiah 6.My Dying Time 7.Damn The Flood -guitar solo- 8.Godspeed 9.Angel of Mercy 10.In This River 11.Blessed Hellride 12.Concrete Jungle 13.Stillborn

As Black Label Society were the headline act for tonight, HRH always close with an act after for all of those who wish to continue on and party, and as it was the first night, most people stayed to enjoy Massive Wagon’s set. As I know this band quite well, in my interview with Carl and Adam, I had asked them how it felt to have Zakk Wylde support them? (not really – but it sounded good) and you can see that interview here.

Massive Wagons have a great following and very loyal fan base, and you just need to look at the bands pledge page to see that these guys are loved by many. However, someone in the crowd thought it would be funny to throw beer over lead vocalist Barry, who took it well, saying “best shot ever that” and to be fair, it was a great shot and was pretty funny the first time, but then some idiot tried to do it again, and that wasn’t called for.

Bowz Bouskill - Massive Wagons

These guys earned their beer this weekend as they played three times over the course of the weekend and that is quite an achievement in it’s self!

Review by Jay Hawkins with photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK) and Neil Reed Photography.