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Kick start 2018 Eurpean Tour with Alien Ant Farm

Following on from the release of their ‘SCREAM: The Essentials‘ album at the end of last year, SOiL are now gearing up for their european tour supporting ALIEN ANT FARM which kicks off in the UK in February.

The band will also be doing their Grip And Grin ‘meet and greets‘ for the UK shows, tickets available for this can be purchased from here: https://national-acts.com/soil/ Tickets are also available to buy now from Live Nation – https://www.livenation.co.uk/show/1012287/alien-ant-farm/bristol/2018-02-06/en – and all usual online ticket sellers – Seetickets, Ticketmaster, Songkick etc

Tour Dates – Feb 2018:
Tues 6th, O2 Academy Bristol
Wed 7th, O2 Forum London
Thu 8th, The Ritz Manchester
Sat 10th, Waterfront, Norwich
Sun 11th, O2 Academy Leeds
Mon 12th, O2 Institute Birmingham
Wed 14th, Academy Dublin
Thur 15th, Limelight 2 Belfast
Fri 16th, The Garage Glasgow
Sat 17th Academy Newcastle
Sun 18th, Rock City Nottingham

‘SCREAM: The Essentials’

Formed in 1997, Chicago Heavy Rock band SOiL quickly took the scene by storm. The band has sold over 2 million albums worldwide and is best known for the hit singles Halo, Unreal, Redefine, The Lesser Man, and Shine On.

After celebrating their 20th anniversary in January of 2017, SOiL entered into the studio to record new material to be included on ‘SCREAM: The Essentials’, a Greatest Hits collection featuring the songs that solidified SOiL as Hard Rock mainstays, as well as alternate versions of popular tracks and unreleased material. The new studio track “Gimme Some Lovin” is a cover song originally featured in the 1980 smash hit cult classic movie ‘The Blues Brothers’. “We felt it was a perfect song to add the album” states bassist Tim King. “It tied in our Chicago roots and the 20th anniversary of the band perfectly”.

Watch ‘Gimme Some Lovin‘ by Soil (official music video).

Other tracks included on “SCREAM…” include an acoustic version of “Can You Heal Me” recorded at Dimebag Darrell’s home studio and produced by Vinnie Paul. Also included is a special version of “Give It Up” featuring the late Wayne Static of Static-X contributing verse, chorus, and bridge vocal lines throughout the song.

SOiL will embark upon a worldwide tour in support of the new release “SCREAM: The Essentials” throughout 2017 and 2018.

Line Up: Ryan McCombs (lead vocals), Tim King (bass), Adam Zadel (guitar), Mitch Gable (drums)

Connect:

http://www.soiltheband.com
https://www.facebook.com/soilmusic

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Rock City Nottingham 1st November 2014.

This was a tough review to write, especially when you consider Ryan McCombs (SOiL) suffered a stroke on the Sunday, after their headline set at Rock City on the Saturday!!! Thankfully, he is recovering, so we’d like to wish him a speedy recovery!

The first of four bands on tonight were Wolfborne, all the way from Vancouver and consist’s of Chris Witoski – Vocals, Lanning Kann – Guitar, Brett Nussbaum – Bass and Robbie Sheldrick – Drums.

From what I can remember, these guys rocked hard and looked the part, especially bassist Robbie, sporting a rather fetching mow-hawk. What with Halloween being the night before, vocalist Chris got into character and had smeared blood all over his head. A great song by these guys, is “Sex Sells” check it out on you tube.

Wolfeborne

(hed) Planet Earth next, a band I should have known before-hand, yet they seem to have slipped my net, that is until tonight. With the popularity of cross over bands, such as Skindred, who SOiL toured with earlier this year. I feel SOiL wanted a similar band to support them especially after seeing how well Skindred go down at a live show and they managed it with (hed PE) for tonights show, as their styles are very similar and quite frankly, they rocked as hard, if not harder, who have a slightly more aggressive reggae/metal sound than Skindred.

Having started life some 10 years ago, these guys have amassed a huge following, but seem to have laid dormant for many years for what ever reason, but it seems they are back, with a vengeance. Their new album “Evolution” is released next month and I for one will be interested to hear what it sounds like, as tonight’s show was killer!

Jahred Gomes

Front man Jared is a mad man, who also looks like a bit of a hard b*stard, he’s certainly someone I wouldn’t want to cross, lets put it that way! He emerged on stage in a camouflaged jacket and a bandanner covering his face, which made him look very menacing, which complimented their musical style perfectly.

Setlist may have looked something like this:

1.No Turning Back 2.Bloodfire 3.Killing Time 4.Whitehouse 5.Blackout 6.Bartender 7.One More Body 8.Renegade 9.Raise Hell 10.Peer Pressure 11.Hold On 12.Ghost Town (Specials cover)

American Head Charge next, a band who are really starting to find their true form again. Having seen them tour with RSJ, almost a year to the day at a very intimate venue (which seemed to shock a lot of people), it was no surprise to see them back on the big stage at Download this year. I never saw that performance (at Download) but after tonight, I can only imagine it went down a storm, as these guys certainly suit the larger venues. There was a slight hic-up with Chad’s mic, which he wasn’t all too happy about, which was a shame, as the guys at Rock City are usually very good at delivering the goods! Tonights set from AHC was an absolute belter, they managed to get the crowd moshing hard, Chad even managed to perform an EPIC stage dive, from the top of the speaker stack (Stage right) where he was successfully caught by the crowd and surfed back to the stage to finish the set. Loved it!

Karma Singh Cheema

SOiL then, having seen them in January this year, when they supported Skindred, I had to go back to witness a head lining set from these guys. Before the show, we managed to grab an interview with Ryan and if you follow this link, you can hear it for yourself. Thankfully this wasn’t his last ever interview and no, it isn’t worth even thinking about, but poor old McCombs had a stroke on the Sunday, after this show. Thankfully, tonight was the last night of the tour, so fans weren’t disappointed, but I’m sure they would have understood and I’m sure they are all wishing him well!

Ryan McCombs and Adam Zadel

Amazingly, he seemed up-beat and energetic on stage tonight? Again, McComb’s mic failed, so he got the crowd to sing the words to the first track “Loaded Gun” Once back on track, McCombs continued. Some arse-wipe was busting balls from the start, asking for Halo, which is SOiL’s biggest and most loved track to date, so they had to play that song, or there would be a riot, but shouting it out between every track must piss the band off, as they have written a great variety of tracks, which makes for an awesome set and show!

Tim King and Ryan McCombs

Tonight, I was a little dis-appointed with the lighting, which was a shame as the last time I saw them, the lights were top notch, apparently though, that was a one off, as they usually like the lights to be difficult, odd, especially when you think a band would want good publicity shots? Any how, get well soon Ryan, hope to see you on the road again soon.

SOil

Tonight’s set list may have looked something like this:

1.(Intro) We will rock you 2.Loaded Gun 3.Two Skins 4.The Hate Song 5.Deny Me 6.Need to Feel 7.The One 8.Way Gone 9.Redefine 10.Unreal 11.Breaking Me Down 12.Halo @Info[Ryan sung the song within the crowd] 13.Shine On

Review and Photography by Jay Hawkins (JJ Photography UK)