Canadian quartet Monster Truck have returned with new album Warriors (BMG). This is their fourth record and the title track kicks things off in fine fashion – it is a bouncy number with retro, eighties-era Iron Maiden guitar harmonies provided by guest axeman Dave Baksh of Sum 41 fame. This track sticks to Truckers tried and tested formula, fuzz drenched southern rock with chunky riffs, catchy choruses and chant along backing vocals that do not outstay their welcome.
This recipe served them well on 2018 predecessor True Rocker and the same is true here, as the propulsive, no nonsense boogie of ‘Golden Women’ shows. Perhaps the best taster of this is ‘Fuzz Mountain’, a Black Sabbath inspired chugger which is helped along by the insistent background hum of keys.
My Saturday at Download began over at the main stage where I caught the retro new wave of classic rock act Those Damn Crows, a band who have amassed a significant following in Wales thanks to appearances at the likes of Steelhouse Festival and other rock-oriented affairs. Possibly one of the smallest acts to perform on the main stage this year, the band spared no expense offering a fantastic wake-up call with some unremarkable if solid hard rock tunes. The day’s proceedings then continued firmly in the rocky territory with a southern, slightly heavier twang with Black Label Society, in their first festival appearance on UK soil since 2015, and with less of Zakk Wylde’s expectedly lengthy and tiresome soloing. Don’t get me wrong, Zakk was still doing his usual thing, but with a much-needed addition of percussion, making the moments of instrumental wankery much more palatable than usual.
After a prolonged absence from the British metal scene courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic (save for a scaled-back pilot event in 2021), Leicestershire’s iconic summer rock, punk, and metal weekender, Download Festival returned to Castle Donnington in a maximalist blaze of glory, packing in a full-scale 5-day experience with some familiar favorites, hotly tipped up-and-comers and some of the best international acts that rock and metal scene has to offer.
The Picturebooks have shared another new single from their upcoming album. Chris Robertson from Black Stone Cherry joins the band for “Catch Me If You Can.” The Major Minor Collective released September 3rd, 2021 via Century Media Records. Watch the official music video, filmed in Guetersloh (GER) and Edmonton/Kentucky (USA)now, and the song is streaming on all DSPs today as well. The entire album is chock full of guest performances from members of Clutch, Refused, Slothrust, Blues Pills, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and more! Watch the clip right now and pre-order the album.
Long-running rockers The Picturebooks have shared a new single “Holy Ghost,” featuring Jon Harvey (Monster Truck). Watch the music video, which was recorded in Guetersloh (GER), Los Angeles (USA) and Hamilton (CAN) at the link below. The song comes from their forthcoming new album The Major Minor Collective, due out September 3rd, 2021 via Century Media. The entire album is chock full of guest performances from members of Clutch, Refused, Slothrust, Blues Pills, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and more! Watch the clip right now and pre-order the album.
Download Festival 2021 is postponed to summer 2022, but the fest has wasted little time stacking the bill. Already headlined by Iron Maiden, KISS, and Biffy Clyro, seventy new bands have been added including Deftones, Korn, Megadeth, Steel Panther, The Ghost Inside, Funeral For A Friend, Descendents, Electric Wizard, and Sepultura. Watch a video teaser with the updated poster and buy your tickets now!
Spirit Of Rock Presents Ramblin Man Fair 2020 sadly is the latest music festival to cancel their 2020 festival. They have made an extensive announcement on the decision to cancel and have announced dates for 2021. The fest was to feature Hawkwind, Clutch, Blackstar Riders, Monster Truck, Vintage Caravan, The New Death Cult, and Crown Lands and the Prog In The Park Stage lineup of Big Big Train (Headliner), Curved Air (Special Guest), Pure Reason Revolution, Moon Safar, and Lazuli.Continue reading →
Ramblin Man Fair 2020 has made a major announcement for the festival announcing Hawkwind to paly a special 50th anniversary set on the Grooverider Stage, as well as sets from Monster Truck, Vintage Caravan, The New Death Cult, and Crown Lands. Already announced is the full Prog In The Park Stage lineup of Big Big Train (Headliner), Curved Air (Special Guest), Pure Reason Revolution, Moon Safar, Lazuli, and Monster Truck, Hawkwind, Vintage Caravan, The New Death Cult, and Crown Lands Booked for Ramblin Man Fair 2020, with many more bands to be announced. Spirit Of Rock Presents Ramblin’ Man Fair takes place at Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent UK, July 17th – 19th. More details below!Continue reading →
Stoner rockers Monster Truck have booked a November headline tour for the UK and a few dates in Germany in December. The band is touring in support their recent album True Rockers out now via Mascot Label Group. Tickets available now from the links below. Continue reading →
Heavy band Monster Truck is heading out on a headline tour of the UK next month. To celebrate they have released the new video for their track ‘Denim Danger’, from their 2018 album True Rockers (MMascot Label Groupascot Label Group), which you can watch right now. Continue reading →