Video Of The Week – ‘Guardians Of Asgaard’ – Live Summer Breeze Festival

I know I’ve been quite lapse with this blog and I apologize for that, with that being said I’m gonna try and update it again more regularly.. So today I’m gonna post my video of the week which will this week be a live performance from Amon Amarth at last years Summer Breeze festival, the song is a fantastic rendition of ‘Guardians Of Asgaard’, I Hope you all enjoy!

PDC

Amon Amarth Complete Writing Their New Album

Swedish Viking metal titans Amon Amarth have completed the writing process for their new album and are ready to head back into the studio to start recording it, “We want to thank everyone that has supported and helped us in 2012,” write the band on their website. “2013 will be another intense year for Amon Amarth, and looks like it will be slightly unpredictable and mischievous… We’ve just finished writing all the songs for the next full-length album, and we’re ready to enter the studio to start recording them in the New Year.”

The album which will be the follow-up to 2010′s Sutur Rising and released via Metal Blade, will quite possibly feature songs about beardy people smashing the shit out of each other and gods and monsters and whatnot so how can that be bad!

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Top 10 Albums Of 2011

This now is the last of my Top lists of 2011 and to be honest I’ve been putting this off for a few days to make sure that I am 100% happy with the choices I’ve made and I’m now certain I’m happy! So now what were for me the Top 10 Albums released in 2011.

10. Seasick Steve – ‘You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks’

Ever since I caught Seasick Steve randomly at Reading Festival in 2008 I’ve had a soft spot for him and his brand of blues, he is such a genuine honest person and that really comes through in his songs. The addition on this album of John Paul Jones on bass duty only adds to what is a really good album.

9. Katherine Jenkins – Daydream

Next up is the latest offering from Welsh Mezzo-Soprano Katherine Jenkins, every time I listen to her voice blows me away she is a truly stunning vocalist and the new album showcases her range really well, on top of that it contains ‘Abigail’s Song’ from the Doctor Who Christmas special which I genuinely have loved ever since watching it.

8. Savage Messiah – Plague Of Conscience

Up next is the first of the albums where I genuinely knew nothing about the artist before I heard it, downloaded for free when I saw the link put up by a Friend of mine and band member Joffy I figured I had nothing to lose and ended up hearing one of the best albums of the year! Savage Messiah are another band that I hope are destined for big things in 2012.

7. Maybeshewill – I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone

Another artist I knew nothing about, I was sent a recommendation on spotify by a good friend of mine Simon telling me I have to listen to this album, I’m really glad I did this is a great album and honestly is one of the ones that’s been in regular rotation. I was quite skeptical at first if I’m honest as it’s a fully instrumental album but it really works and is definitely justified on this list.

6. Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials

I was originally going to do a top 5 albums of 2011 but this album made it impossible for me to do that as I couldn’t bear to leave an album that is so good out of my list, I therefore decided to make it a top 10. Much like Katherine Jenkins, Florence Welch is a vocalist that astounds me every time I listen, on top of that there are some fantastic songs on this album and definitely worth lengthening my list for.

5. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

It is from this point forth where for people who know me and people who visit this blog regularly will find the list becoming obvious. Frank Turner is another one of the artists that really won me over in 2011, I first heard him last year when a work colleague played a couple of his albums at work and I remember being impressed, as a result I decided to buy this album on release and I’ve not looked back since as Frank Turner has gone on to solidify himself as one of my current favourite artists.

4. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising

The Scandinavian Viking metallers returned this year with new album ‘Surtur Rising’ and it has been on an almost permanent loop in my music collection ever since, this genuinely has to be one of my most played albums this year. You always know what you are going to get with Amon Amarth, but they really upped their game on this album, it also has the honour for most ‘Save The World Style Solo Of 2011’ with the song ‘War Of The Gods’.

3. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix

I remember my younger brother saying he was going to see Bombay Bicycle Club in Brighton and thinking to myself it maybe quite good to tag along as I quite Liked ‘Flaws’ and I’ll check anything out once within reason. Then Bombay Bicycle Club went and released ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ and Bombay Bicycle Club went from being a band I wouldn’t mind checking out to one I had to see! The album also spawned one of my favourite songs of the year in ‘Shuffle’.

2. Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds – Self Titled

I can’t honestly express in words how happy I am to see a genuinely great album come from Noel Gallagher, responsible for writing so many of the songs that got me through my childhood/adolescence with Oasis Noel Gallagher is one of the biggest influences on my musical progression. This album is truly amazing and to be completely honest very nearly got the top spot on this list, genuinely not a bad track on this album and deserves its high spot on my list simply for its nostalgia factor and the fact it restored my faith in Noel Gallagher and proved with totality he was the talent in Oasis.

1. Mastodon – The Hunter

I’m Positive that anyone who knows me in any shape or form will know what the number one choice was going to be! From the moment I first heard ‘The Hunter’ it was obvious to me that Mastodon had written another masterpiece and what the best album of 2011 was going to be. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting such a strong challenge to it from Noel Gallagher’s album but Mastodon are just a class unto themselves, they never cease to amaze me every time I listen to them, they are technically brilliant and have written so many of my favourite songs! All I can add is thank you Mastodon for consistently being phenomenal and I’ll see you in February!!

Anyway that concludes my list! Thank You all for reading!

PDC

Top 5 Live Shows of 2011

With it closing in once again on the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about the highlights of 2011 and with the fact a ZenthetiX show at the Wedge aside I no longer have any shows booked for 2011, I thought I’d start my round-up of 2011 musically by listing what for me have been the Top 5 Live shows this year! This has been an incredibly tough task as I’ve attended quite a lot of shows this year and all of them have been great in there own way but I think I’ve got it narrowed down to 5!

5. ZenthetiX – Wedgewood Rooms – Evolution – 18th June 2011

I chose this show because although I have seen ZenthetiX subsequently play better than this show, this was their first ever gig and my first time seeing them and I still remember that feeling of being totally blown away by such an unknown entity. As a result of this the show holds a special place in my memories from the year 2011 and had to make my list, and I genuinely hope that 2012 holds huge things for them!

4. Black Label Society – Hammersmith Apollo – 21st February 2011

Next up are Black Label Society and anyone that knows me will know the esteem in which I and many of my good friends hold this band, having had the opportunity to see them twice on this tour in Southampton aswell.. I have chosen the Hammersmith Gig because the sound and performance was truly brilliant. This show was without doubt the best I’ve ever seen BLS in the many times I’ve seen them and it was great to see them so much more focused than perhaps they have been in the past.

3. Frank Turner – Hammersmith Apollo – 27th November 2011

This is the most recent of the gigs in the list and to be honest the most recent I’ve been to, it has to be said though that Frank Turner put on one hell of a show. The performance was brilliant, his banter was fantastic, the crowd was alive all night and it was nice to see such a genuine and humble artist perform what up until now is the biggest show of his career. The show was made even better by the fact that he bought some really good support acts with him too.

2. Amon Amarth – The HMV Forum – 23rd October 2011

Amon Amarth were one of the few bands on my list that I really wanted to see having never seen them much like the previous Frank Turner, and boy did Amon Amarth not let me down!! This show was a serious contender for the top spot as they were truly phenomenal. I can honestly say before I saw them I wasn’t sure how their sound would come across live but any fears I may have had were quickly subdued by a simply stunning live Performance!! I REALLY hope that they make the trip to Donnington for Download so I can see them again there!!

At this point before I say who I’ve chosen as the top show of 2011 for me, I feel the need to give honourable mentions to a couple of other artists I’ve seen in 2011 put on great shows but not make the list. Bombay Bicycle Club in Brighton were fantastic so much so that I’ll be seeing them again in April at the Portsmouth Guildhall, Toby Keith an artist who to be honest I knew little to nothing about put on a great fun-filled show at Wembley Arena, The Revival Tour featuring Brian Fallon, Dan Andriano, Dave Hause & Chuck Ragan, this was a really good night with some great performances and a lot of fun was had and if that was an insight into the Revival Tour I will definitely have to consider future editions. Anyway now on to the top choice…

1. Foo Fighters – Milton Keynes Bowl – 2nd July 2011

As close as Amon Amarth pushed to be top spot their could honestly only ever be one real winner and that was Dave Grohl and his Band the one and only Foo Fighters. The show from start to finish was a truly incredible 2 hour plus set of everything you’d ever want to hear by the Foo’s plus the added bonus of an appearance by Alice Cooper for good measure! Having seen the Foo’s before a couple of times I already knew that they can be great live but they raised the bar even further here and as if to put the cherry on the icing on top of the cake they just happened to bring a certain Scottish band Biffy Clyro along as their main support a truly phenomenal day was therefore assured and thus sealing my favourite/best show of 2011.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed my round-up of what for me was the highlights of 2011 live, and having gone back through it I’m genuinely already looking forward to 2012 with several shows already booked including: – Katherine Jenkins, Mastodon, Bombay Bicycle Club and a Trip to Donnington For Download Festival with 2 or 3 further shows already possibly in the pipeline elsewhere too!

Thanks for Reading

PDC