KISS, Biffy Clyro, System Of A Down and More Booked for Download Festival 2021

Download Festival will return for 2021, featuring headliners KISS, Biffy Clyro, and System Of A Down and many more bands including A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Control The Storm, Gender Roles, Jamie Lenman, Myles Kennedy & Company, Deftones, Korn, The Distillers, Steel Panther, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Darkness, Black Veil Brides, Creeper, Alestorm and The Pretty Reckless. Seventy-three bands in all have been announced! Tickets go on sale on August 7th at 9 AM GMT. More bands have yet to be announced. The three-day festival takes place on 4-6 June 2021 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets will go on sale at this link here. Continue reading

Mastodon, Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, Alter Bridge, The Darkness, Sepultura and More Added to Download UK

A bunch of new bands have already been added to the bill on this year’s Download UK Festival. The new acts include Alter Bridge, Bowling For Soup, The Darkness, The Distillers, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Mastodon, Funeral For A Friend, The Menzingers, Employed To Serve, 3 Doors Down, Milk Teeth, Motionless In White, Holding Absence, Lacuna Coil, Loathe, Sepultura, Amaranthe, Cemetery Sun, Fire From The Gods, Gender Roles, Haken, Hatari, Heavy Lungs, Higher Power, JJ Wilde, Kill The Lights, Modern Error, Northlane, Press Club, Polyphia| The Raven Age, Renounced, Shvpes, Sleep Token, SULLII, The Glorious Sons, The Hara, The Skints, Tempt, Twin Temple, Thy Art Is Murder, Wage War, and Will Haven! Also announced are the Day And Stage Splits, WWE NXT UK returns, and Kerrang! Radio Hosts the Finding Fresh Blood contest for a chance to perform on The Avalanche Stage. 2020 Download headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy Of The Beast Tour), Kiss and System Of A Down this summer and takes place on 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Continue reading

Download Festival UK 2020 Adds Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal, The Pretty Reckless, Airbourne, Skillet, Baroness, and More!

A bevy of bands have been added to Download 2020! New on the bill are Volbeat, Killswitch Engage, Babymetal,The Pretty Reckless, Airbourne, Skillet, Baroness, Lit, Bush, Wednesday 13, British Lion, Electric Wizard, Periphery, Obituary, Pup, Dying Fetus, Bleed From Within, Dead Label, Stone Broken, Blues Pills, Puppy, P.O.D., Wayward Sons, Wargasm, Dead Posey Blackout Problems, Bleed From Within, Cellar Door Moon Crow, Chelsea Grin, Dead Label, Dead Posey, Lotus Eater, Marianas Trench, Powerwolf, Puppy, Theory, The Last Internationale, The Wildhearts, and Uncured.and more to be announecd. They join headliners Iron Maiden (Legacy of the Beast Tour), Kiss and System Of A Down next year. The world’s premier rock event takes place 12 – 14 June 2020 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets are on sale now at the link below. Check out Ghost Cult’s 2019 Download coverage here! Continue reading

The Riven – The Riven

It would seem that this is Scandinavian ‘Drenched Riffs’ Week, but to pigeonhole Swedish quartet The Riven as mere seventies Rock does them no justice whatsoever. Their bass-heavy groove machine is positively electric and eponymous debut album The Riven (The Sign Records) drips The Blues while shooting fire from both hips. Continue reading

Komodor – Komodor

The world of Psychedelic Rock has enjoyed a population resurgence over the past couple of years, with all manner of newcomers coating their grooves in a warm, oscillating fuzz. In such a world it helps to gain patronage from a respected name and French sunshine crew Komodor have done just that: debut mini-album Komodor (Soulseller Records) carrying contributions and production work from Swedish Psych rulers Blues Pills. Continue reading

REVIEWS ROUND UP: Black Mirrors, Lowlives, Wildways, Bruise, Arabrot, Lord

Nearly twenty years into this twenty first century of ours, and retro is once again the chicest tone in town. Fuzzed, bluesy guitars, seventies licks and threads, and an aching earnestness for a sound of yesteryear is where the coolest of cats are chilling. And down such alleyways we find Belgian quartet Black Mirrors and their impressive full length debut Look Into The Black Mirror (Napalm). Continue reading

The Vintage Caravan – Gateways

Like Earache, Nuclear Blast was initially known for their roster of heavier metal, but have widened their net in recent years to include vintage rock acts like Black Star Riders, Tax The Heat, The Night Flight Orchestra, Blues Pills and the focus of this review, The Vintage Caravan. From Iceland, they formed in 2006 and have their fourth album Gateways, which is forty-eight minutes of bluesy Hard Rock straight from the annals of the late sixties and seventies. Continue reading

Blues Pills – Kadavar – Stray Train: Live At Tilburg, 013

Blues Pills, by Susanne/ A. Maathuis Photography

Blues Pills, by Susanne A. Maathuis Photography

On a chilly Sunday evening, the small venue of the 013 in Tilburg is slowly filling up with Hard Rock lovers looking for a nice evening of musicianship and fun. Continue reading

Blues Pills – Lady In Gold

Blues Pills – Lady In Gold album cover ghostcultmag

Formed in 2011, Blues Pills are blues based rockers with a love of all things psychedelic. They released their eponymous début album in 2014, and it is an impressive one at that. It’s mix of 60s blues and psychedelia with a 70s rock outlook complete with raw and authentic production works very well. They are back with their second album Lady in Gold (Nuclear Blast) and producer Don Alsterberg has returned to man the desk. Marijke Koger-Dunham has also been lured back to create another psychedelic, far out album sleeve.

It continues the bluesy psychedelic vibe of their début but it has been beefed up by bigger, more polished production. It is melodious and very catchy rock, more multi layered but with the same Hendrix inspired 60s and 70s spirit running through it’s veins. The title track is a gem, with an infectious melody and a thrumming piano backbone – a song about a female grim reaper has no right being this upbeat! ‘Little Boy Preacher’ and ‘Bad Talkers’ are some more great examples of this record’s knack for multi-layered earworms. They are delightfully snappy foot tappers, with Elin Larsson’s vocals supported by choir like backing singers throughout. Their most adventurous step and the biggest surprise is the heartfelt ‘I Felt a Change’, a beautifully mournful track led solely by mellow keys and emotive strings.

The second half of the record holds true to the heady blues and dirty early ZZ Top-esque groove of their debut, with the trio ‘You Gotta Try’, ‘Won’t Go Back’ and ‘Rejection’ snugly fitting in side by side. The latter song is the rockiest moment here, an energetic track propelled forward by the thrusting guitar work of Dorrian Sorriaux. Similar to their self titled début, Lady in Gold has a cover version. The first one was Chubby Checker’s ‘Gypsy’, this time Tony Joe White’s ‘Elements and Things’ gets the Blues Pills treatment. It is a rocker, which ultimately stays faithful to the original, ending with an oddly captivating organ blast.

8.0/10

THOMAS THROWER

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