ALBUM REVIEW: Blacktop Mojo – Under The Sun

I adore being entrusted with juicy secrets, ask my Skullpals. That does not necessarily mean I am successful at keeping the aforementioned secrets, also ask my Skullpals. Being the Skullgurl, I am privy to hearing new music before the general public. Every once and while I am sent a new album and I find myself checking to see if it was sent to me by the C.I.A. or the F.B.I. because the music is so mind-blowing, it must be highly guarded national secret. Such is the case with the new album by Blacktop Mojo, Under The Sun (Self-Released) The tertiary album by the Southern Rock dynamo’s is a secret that should not be kept, cannot be kept, from the music-loving populous. Full disclosure, I jumped on the Blacktop Mojo magic carpet ride in 2014 when I was sent their debut album, and have been continuously knocked on my keister by the magnitude of talent these five Southern gents possess. Continue reading

The Raven Age Shares Video – “Betrayal Of The Mind”, Tour With Iron Maiden In 2019

British metal five-piece The Raven Age have shared their new killer new video for ‘Betrayal Of The Mind’. The band is working in their next album in 2019, their first since their 2017 debut album Darkness Will Rise, and their first with new vocalist Matt James.

Guitarist George Harris comments:

With the ‘Betrayal’ video, the idea coincides with the narrative. The actress represents someone who is stuck inside her own mind, it’s eating her up as she loses the ability to simply get through the day without her dark thoughts taking over. The performance concept, however, was pretty straightforward. We wanted a big space with lots of fire! The plan was to use it in certain sections but when we saw how cool it looked we were like “Nah, just go nuts!!”. I’m pretty sure Jai had no hair left at the end of the shoot but it was worth it!”

Vocalist Matt James comments:

The ‘Betrayal’ video not only had to look visually appealing but had to be true to the message of the song. It’s hard sometimes to get the balance of simplicity but also portraying a narrative. I think the directors Richard and Adam did a great job with that. It’s a step up in production from the last video, and hope people will relate to the message. The track itself is a big heavy/groove orientated track which we love playing live as it gets the crowd head banging. It’s been going down a blast on the amazing shows we’re playing with Tremonti and we can’t wait to be playing it, along with loads of other new material next year when we get the chance to tour with Iron Maiden. That’s a dream come true!”

All proceeds generated from the first month of sales of ‘Betrayal of the Mind’ have been donated to The Blurt Foundation – an amazing charity that works tirelessly to make a difference to anyone affected by depression. Donations can also be made separately at https://localgiving.org/charity/blurtitout/.

The Raven Age are currently on the road in Europe with American rockers Tremonti, which includes five UK dates in Nottingham, Manchester, Bristol, London and Edinburgh in December. The band will be touring extensively throughout 2019, and have just been announced as the support act for Iron Maiden as they continue their ‘Legacy Of The Beast World Tour’ throughout North & South America.

Uk Tour Dates Supporting Tremonti

Nov 29th – Nottingham, Rock City

Dec 1st – Manchester, O2 Ritz

Dec 2nd – Bristol, O2 Academy

Dec 4th – London, The Forum

Dec 6th – Edinburgh, The Liquid Room

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