Opening up tonight were Nevada three-piece Four Stroke Baron, a band who are difficult to classify. Heavy slabs of groove-laden prog smash funkily across a packed audience. The set is marred only by the fact that in a couple of songs the singer notably loses his voice and the band without missing a beat goes on to deliver their first instrumental set from the dark smoke-laden stage of Rebellion and its notoriously bad lighting. Handling an awkward situation very well indeed they still delivered a solid and enjoyable set that had the audience’s heads bobbing along in time.
No Devotion – No Oblivion (Equal Vision)
With an understated class that is a prevalent trait that underpins the second album from No Devotion, a collective featuring Geoff Rickly (Thursday) and Lee Gaze and Stu Richardson (ex-lostprophets), ‘Starlings’ is the gentle breath of life that ushers the album in; lush swathes of synths underpinning an emotive and earnest chorus that could have been taken from the Deftones more reflective moments. Rickly sets a stall out espousing vulnerable confidence and exceptional quality from the outset, before second track ‘No Oblivion’ shows the other side of the bands arsenal with synth motifs dancing around guitars and quasi-industrial beats, and nods to Nine Inch Nails in one of the more abrasive tunes. Continue reading
Rap Rockers 311 celebrated 30 years in music a few years back as the band was officially founded in 1988 and has had the same lineup intact since 1992, one of the longest lineups in rock history. The band released their first official full-length in 1993 with the album Music (Capricorn/Volcano) and their last album came out a year ago, Voyager via BMG. The band had toured all over the world and played festivals from pop to metal, and even had March 11th dubbed 311 Day”. Watch their friend, Rap Legend Snoop Dogg, shout them out!
311 released their new album today via BMG. To celebrate, they have partnered with YouTube and Nugs.net to Livestream tomorrow’s tour date with Dirty Heads at KeyBank Pavilion in Pennsylvania. Produced by 311 by way of a unique collaboration with YouTube, award-winning production company 7 Cinematics and live download site Nugs.net, this special global event is a must-watch, multi-angle high definition shoot captured by 6 cameras and viewable via the band’s YouTube and Facebook pages and at Nugs.net. The new album features 13 new songs – four of which were recorded with Grammy-nominated producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco) and nine of which were recorded with Scotch Ralston, who produced 311 albums Transistor, Soundsystem and Stereolithic. The album was mixed by Grammy winner Neal Avron (Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, Linkin Park).Continue reading
The franchising of Download Festival continues after terrific forays into France and Spain with Sydney and Melbourne, Australia now shaping up to be one of the stronger festival lineups in recent memory. Six new bands have joined a killer lineup including Sum 41, Thy Art Is Murder, 12 Foot Ninja, Pennywise, Slaves (UK) and Voyager. They compliment the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Judas Priest, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Rise Against, The Amity Affliction, Anthrax, Halestorm,Behemoth, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Converge, Fever 333 and many more on Saturday, 9th March in Parramatta Park, Sydney (18+) and Monday 11th March (long weekend) at Flemington Racecourse, in Melbourne. Tickets are on sale now at the links below. Continue reading