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SikTh reform to headline Red Bull Stage at Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Six years since their last ever gig, the UK’s godfathers of prog, SikYh, are set to reform to headline on the Red Bull Stage at next year’s Download Festival. The reunion set will see all six original members Mikee W Goodman, Justin Hill, Dan Foord, James Leach, Pin and Dan Weller back together on stage for the headlining set at the same festival that the band played in 2003 and 2006.

SikTh, who released debut album The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out, Wait For Something Wild in 2003 and follow up Death Of Death Day in 2006, parted ways to pursue other projects in 2008. They have since become widely acknowledged as forefathers of British progressive metal, cited as an influence by many of today’s most respected metal bands. Guitarist Dan Weller said:

Some of our greatest memories were playing at Download, so it was the natural place for us to make our return. The truth is we’ve all been dying to play those songs again. Hopefully we can put on an awesome show for the fans.

Mikee W Goodman adds:

So excited with the prospect of singing SikTh songs onstage again! I have missed that wild intensity the music and fans create together. Download Festival is the perfect place to do a comeback show.

SikTh will headline the Red Bull stage at Download on Saturday 14th June 2014.

Sikth online:

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http://twitter.com/sikthofficial

 

Primal Rock release second single

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 25th May 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Primal Rock Rebellion, the outfit composed of Iron Maiden guitarist & songwriter Adrian Smith and one-time SikTh front-man Mikee Goodman, have released brand new single, No Friendly Neighbour, on Spinefarm Records.

Produced by Smith & Goodman and mixed by Simon Hanhart, No Friendly Neighbour is taken from the debut Primal Rock Rebellion album, Awoken Broken, released on February 27th 2012, also through Spinefarm.

Nominated in the Best New Band category at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, Primal Rock Rebellion is clear proof that stepping outside of your comfort zone can reap spectacular rewards, with No Friendly Neighbour the full-tilt result of two very different minds meeting somewhere in the middle!

As with the video for previous single, No Place Like Home, the clip for No Friendly Neighbour has been directed by Goodman; however, whereas the ‘No Place…’ promo was a visually OTT affair, showing a world of monsters and trepidation, the new one focuses more on the musicians themselves, with drummer Dan ‘Loord’ Foord (ex-SikTh) also coming further to the fore.

Goodman commented: “We actually shot the new video on the same day as the No Place Like Home one, and it was a very intense experience. mean, I’d been deep in a cave the entire day before – got in at 3am, up at 6am, then started directing, producing, performing and even making the crew breakfast! Really, it was too much to take on, but it pushed me right to the edge – that’s why my performance is so full on. I hope the passion for the music really comes across.”

The video for No Friendly Neighbour can be viewed below:

Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

Posted in CD, Experimental, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 28th February 2012 by vmteam

Band – Primal Rock Rebellion
Album – Awoken Broken
Genre – Metal/Experimental
Release Date – 2012
Label – Spinefarm Records

Super group’s, an odd subject in the metal world, when they work, they’re great (I, Black county communion, Chickenfoot) when they fail, they crash hard (Rock star supernova). PRR consists of 2 men from totally different ends of the metal world scale.
On one side we have vocalist Mikee Goodman from experimental ‘Djent’ band SikTh along with SikTh drummer Dan ‘Loord’ Foord, and on the other we have the guitarist from one of if not THE most popular metal band of all time Iron Maiden, Adrian Smith. This combination alone is enough to make anyone scratch their heads in wonder, it’s like putting Rob Halford with Trent Reznor….oh hang on?!.

The album starts off with No Friendly Neighbour and it’s clear from the first riff Smith plays that this isn’t going to sound like Maiden in any
shape or form, an almost Nu-metal styled riff is played with Goodman doing some spoken word over the top. When the song kicks in its clear that the vocals of Goodman are what makes this band stand out, if you were a fan of his vocals in SikTh then you won’t be disappointed, if you’re looking for Bruce Dickinson, you’ll be looking for an eternity. The song is a great start to the album, while sounding new and fresh it adds some certain Smith influence on the old school side of things towards the end.

Next up is definitely where die hard fans of both bands are either going to smile or cry down to Goodman’s vocals on this maybe a little hard to stomach for some in places but i think they fit the song nicely if a little unconventional. Smith also lends his hand to some Dickinson style woooahh’s in the background and a nice Maiden-esque solo. Next up in the first single from the album ‘I See Lights‘ maybe not the most obvious choice to represent the album due to its repetitiveness of the riff, but the song does show off some nice vocal work from both men here, as we all know Smith did sing a Maiden B-Side and he is more than capable of belting out a good tune. If you listen to this song in depth you will really get a feel of how many vocal styles Goodman really has, and it is rather impressive, especially the lower toned snarls he does, really giving the songs a darker atmosphere.

Bright as a Fire is for me the track of the album, starting off in a
slow Maiden-esque way, the song at first seems like the ballad of the
album but just little over 90 seconds in the song kicks into a mid paced
beast. Probably one of the more commercial of the songs in regards to
structure and vocal deliverance, the songs really quality is the variation of riffs which Smith delivers, the chugging after the chorus really adds a nice heavy touch after the chorus. It must be said that the production of the album is of top quality too, which unfortunately can’t be said for the past few Maiden albums, but they really nailed it on this!

Savage World is definitely one for the SikTh fans, the vocals on this
are pretty crazy, but not enough for older metal fans to turn their nose
up at, which I think is another aspect of the writing they have done well, the balance between the two writing styles is pretty much spot on.

Tortured Tone is the ballad of the album and definitely one of the
better songs on the album, again without the mixed vocal styles, the song would be just your average ballad. Some nice guitar synth touches in the background too as well as Smith does some backing vocals too. The two guys compliment each other well on songs like this. The quality of songs continues throughout the rest of the album. White Sheet Robes is another mini epic song, which lodges itself in your brain once you’ve listened to it. As Tears Come Falling From the Sky is not a song, its 48 seconds of pure madness and an incite to the crazy thoughts of Goodman.

The title track Awoken Broken reminded me a little of System of a Down in the chorus parts, a little crazy, a lot of layers to the song, but
again the thing that makes the song is the basic riffs of Smith with the
craziness of the vocals, I really can’t praise the song writing formula
enough.

Search For Bliss is one of the lighter songs on the album and one where Goodman shows he really can sing in a more, shall we say ‘normal’ style, with that said the song still has its harsh moments halfway through. I can see it being the second single off of the album, not because it’s maybe one of the better of the songs, it just seems more TV and radio friendly compared to the other songs on the album, which is by no means a bad thing. Snake Ladders is a mini story in song form. The music itself reminds me of the Metallica song ‘The Outlaw Torn’ a slower, with heavier riffs which obviously were not used to hearing from Smith in Maiden. Vocally, again it could compare from anything from Metallica to Nick Cave, especially on the spoken word parts, but again delivered in such a great way.

The album ends in a lighter way with ‘Mirror on the Moon‘ a great way to end the album, a more softer side to the band which reminds me of
something off any V.A.S.T album, which is always a good thing. there’s
also a hint of David Bowie to the sing which is definitely unexpected!
All in all I think its pretty safe to say that this album kicks ass – A
lot of it at that! I really hope these 2 make more music in the future and it’s not just a one off project, if this is just the beginning then I for
one can’t wait for what could become of this band. I’m also going out on a limb here and saying this could very well be ‘Album of the Year’ Forget about comparing this to Maiden or SikTh, listen to the album for what it is, a more that excellent modern hard rock and metal album!

5/5

Paul Brady

Interview: The Colour Line [Feb 2012]

Posted in Interview with tags , , , , , , on 14th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

2011 saw the birth and sudden rise of Hull’s east coast party tech quintet The Colour Line, who have gone to support bands like Shadows Chasing Ghosts and Massacre on Broadway. Their live shows have being described as pure chaos and legitimately dangerous. Recently they replaced Chris Acaster on vocals, leading to upset from several fans. Since their first show in August of 2011, The Colour Line have reached heights that most unsigned bands take months to reach. Nico sits down for a bit of friendly Q&A with the band.

Nico: The first and generally most obvious question, what are The Colour Line’s plans for the year?

The Colour Line: Recording and touring as an absolute priority. We haven’t really had the time or money to do either for the last few months as we’ve been pretty much constantly playing shows since we first started, so we sat down and figured out some tour dates for March (which you can find on our Facebook page). As for recording we are hitting the studio mid-March and will have an EP available for free download, hopefully by early to mid-February.

N: What is the biggest influence on the band’s music?

TCL: Considering we’re a metal band, it’s very rare that we actually listen to any metal, and we’re proud of the fact that a lot of our outside and individual influences can be heard in our music. They range from gypsy jazz to dance music, and even though we don’t incorporate dance music or dubstep into our songs, the styles are still a huge influence on our music. It also wouldn’t be too far off the mark to say that our biggest influence is ourselves as the whole point of creating this band was to force ourselves and each other past our comfort zones and push us to play faster and tighter than we have done before, which is why each song we write is crazier and harder to play than the last. It definitely works; we’re all better musicians now than we were six months ago.

N: How would describe the band’s music to potential new listeners?

TCL: We’re fast, frenetic and fun, a healthy dose of everyone’s favourite bands in one bitesize chunk. For fans of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Chariot and SikTh.

N: Since forming, the band have gone onto support some of the rising stars in the underground scene. Which band has ben your favourite, so far, to share the stage with?

TCL: Definitely Dead Harts and Veils. They are two of the most unique bands in the UK at the minute, both of them really are doing something different with their music and we are incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to support them. We have also played with Red XIII from Blackpool, another incredible band who get tighter and tighter every time we see them play or share the stage up to the point where it’s almost like listening to a CD through a sound system when they play live. A few weeks ago we headlined above an American hip-hop artist called Raine Wilder who absolutely blew us away, if any readers are fans of Professor Green or Eminem he is well worth checking out.

N: You recently replaced Chris on vocals, is there any specific reasoning for this?

TCL: We haven’t been happy for a long time with the sound and style of his vocals, we all felt they weren’t progressing as fast as the rest of us were on our respective instruments and eventually push just came to shove and we had to do something about it. We had confronted him about it several times and he just didn’t seem willing to change as the rest of us were so we parted ways. We want this band to be the best it can possibly be and if the only way we could improve the vocals was to replace them, then that was what we had to do.

N: Following the announcement, of replacing Chris, you received several negative comments and messages, do you have anything to say to the naysayers?

TCL: If people only came to our shows to support Chris, it’s fairly obvious that they weren’t fans of the band to begin with so there’s absolutely no reason for us to lose sleep over negative comments from people who weren’t into the band in the first place. In any case we’d rather have five fans that enjoy our music and come to check us out as a band than a room full of kids who only turn up for the frontman! We never have been and never will be a band that is about one person, a band is (by definition) a group of musicians, not just a vocalist, or a guitarist, or any single member and a lot of people can’t seem to grasp that. As far as we’re concerned we made the right choice and we’re more than happy with Sam’s sound and we can’t wait to show people our new material with him. One last thing we will say is that Chris is now concentrating on his tattooing career, so if people still want to support him (as we hope they do) then they should do so by booking in with him at Twisted Image Custom Tattoos in Hull.

N: How does the song writing process, for you guys, progress?

TCL: One of us will come up with an idea for a riff or will start humming a melody, and once a foundation pattern or order is set we slowly add a basic drum rhythm, more guitars and bass, and then try and fit it together with some other ideas that may be floating around. Once the basics are down we will experiment with lead parts and offbeat drum patterns until we’re completely happy with every part, and then we’ll add the vocals and set out lyric placement to each section. Vocals are always last to add as there is a lot of arguing involved in our writing process, and more often than not someone will come up with a better idea at the last minute which completely changes half of the song, which is probably why it takes us so long to write!

N: When can we expect an EP or album release?

TCL: As we said earlier, we are hoping to have an EP ready for early March, until then there will be regular updates on our YouTube channel with various riffs and new material we’re writing for it, so keep your eyes peeled for those videos.

N: Are there any bands you’d suggest our readers check out?

TCL: Everyone should check out all the bands we have mentioned up to now, as well as Gratitude, who are an incredibly tight band from our hometown of Hull. There are too many to mention but we occasionally tag bands we think are great so keep an eye out on our page for those posts on our Facebook page.

Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken

Posted in Alternative, CD, Experimental, Metal with tags , , , , , , on 9th February 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Primal Rock Rebellion
Album: Awoken Broken
Release Date: 27th Feb 2012
Genre: Experimental/Metal
Label: Spinefarm Records

Primal Rock Rebellion is the unlikely pairing of Iron Maiden axe wielder Adrian Smith and former SikTh frontman Mikee Goodman. While the two come from different backgrounds (Adrian playing in on of the world’s biggest metal bands and Mikee originally coming from SikTh who are laundered as one of the main inspirations for the djent movement), Primal Rock Rebellion shows a meeting of two different yet musically brilliant minds, resulting in a cohesive whole that displays the individual talents of both members. The guitars and bass on the upcoming album are provided by Adrian whilst the drums are provided by original SikTh drummer Dan “Loord” Foord.

No Friendly Neighbour starts the album with an industrial-like drum section, which provides an interesting pulse to the music when the guitars, in their experimental glory, come in mixed with the vocals. The track progresses into a slightly nu-metalish, Korn meets Disturbed sounding piece. The vocals scream out a certain, unique blend of aggression – having never listened to SikTh, I have no clue if Mikee brought this to the tracks he appeared on in the past. No Friendly Neighbour has one other point of interest, a soothing viola medley (provided by Abi Fry) that works against the rest of the music in a strange way that works so well.

The following track, No Place Like Home, certainly doesn’t lack in angsty lyrics and fierce riffs. The higher pitched vocals offered by Mikee did grate on my nerves a little but this was made up for by the catchy chorus and melodic solo that Adrian masterfully pulls off. I See Lights offers up a very delectable dish of experimental guitars with some pseudo-black metal licks and rough vocals. Bright As A Fire injects a dose of semi-epic sounds into the album easing the listener in a state of calming numbness like a musical anaesthetic. The drum workings are much like a rhythmic heartbeat, keeping the blood of the guitars and bass flowing, keeping the song from becoming stale. The riffs perfectly keep a happy medium of melodic and chugging-like sounds.

Savage World sees the return of the high pitched vocals, creating a Joker-styled psychotic atmosphere within the music. The drum intro for Tortured Tone sounds almost too poppy for the track, though the vocals soon kill off the poppy sound. For the most part, Tortured Tone is more on the alt. rock side of things, compared to the rest of the album. White Sheet Robes comes next. Upon hearing its name, it sounds almost like a lame Christian rock song but the hellish guitars and gruff vocal stylings beg to differ. As Tears Come Falling is basically a poem with some snazzy sound effects that leads into the next part of the album.

And finally the long awaited title track, Awoken Broken, bursts into like a wildfire ravaging the Amazon Rainforest. The vocals border on the lines of extreme metal while the guitars and drums seem to throw down a very thrash-like element into the mix. The song is like a fast, hard slap in the face – An enjoyable slap at least without all the kinky strings attached. Search For Bliss is another track that surprises you with its not so metal-like title and strong use of riffs and drums, topped off with a brilliant sounding layer of vocals.

Snake Ladders slows the pace down but keeps that heavy sound from some of the previous tracks. The lyrics tell a clearly story of betrayal, deceit and violence. The album comes to grinding halt with Mirror & The Moon, slowing the pace down to that of a very slow rock anthem, with the makings of a solemn love song, a nice change from the heavier additions on the album. The vocals show strong adaptability to the song as well and the viola just leaves it nicely polished off.

It’s not often that a meeting of two different musical minds works out but Adrian Smith and Mikee Goodman have created a potential Mona Lisa of the metal world, luckily without the DaVinci Code nonsense surrounding it. The production values are virtually flawless and the different styles that have gone into this are virtually genius.

4.9/5

Nico Davidson