Wild Flowers – Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

Here’s the  awesome new single from Frank Carter’s forthcoming second album ‘Modern Ruin’.

You can watch the video to the new single ‘Wild Flowers’ here.

‘Modern Ruin’ is set for release on the 20th January and to celebrate the release, Frank and his snakes will be playing a few intimate shows before their European & UK tour in February and March.

12 Jan 2017 – New Slang at The Hipperdrome with Banquet Records, Kingston, UK.

18 Jan 2017 – Rough Trade East, Nottingham, UK, 7pm.

19 Jan 2017 – Rough Trade East, London, UK, 7pm.

22 Jan 2017 – LP Café, Watford, UK, 3pm.

22 Jan 2017 – Empire Records, St Albans, UK, 6pm.

My Top Albums Of 2016

So another year has come and gone. 2016 has been a year that many people would like erase from their memory with countless celebratory deaths & the series of unfortunate events known as Brexit & Trump. But in terms of music, 2016 has definitely not been disappointing. Here, in alphabetical order, are my top albums of the past 12 months.

ALL OUR GODS HAVE ABANDONED US – ARCHITECTS
After the release of “Lost Together/Lost Forever”back in 2014 I was convinced that Architects had hit their peak, that no matter what they did next they couldn’t top what I thought of as perfection personified. Well, Tom Searle and company proved that I know nothing. Architects hit us with a metal album that will stand the test of time, an album pushed the band rightfully as one of the best British bands this year. The band also contains 11 swan songs from their guitarist Tom Searle who sadly passed away earlier this year after his quiet fight with cancer. Every single song stands for something, every single song tells a story of human suffering. Every single song is absolutely stunning.

Highlight Tracks: Nihilist, Phantom Fear, Gone With The Wind, From The Wilderness, Momento Mori.

BRUTE FORCE – THE ALGORITHM
Brute Force is an album which will infect your ears like a computer virus. The ‘hard music’ composer ‘Remi Gallego’ stepped up his production in 2016 as well as he did his stage show, with a pretty amazing light show connected to his laptop and his keyboard. His album takes what you think of genres like Drum n Bass and Techno, spits in their mother’s face and throws Fender’s through their windows.

Highlight Tracks: Brute Force, Userspace, Trojans (Hard Mode).

EARTHBOUND – BURY TOMORROW
After the quick 18 month turnover since their previous album ‘Runes’, South Coast Metalcore big guns Bury Tomorrow released their current album ‘Earthbound’. An album which became a bit of a turning point in terms of the band’s sound, which saw them become more groovy compared to previous releases. Not that I’m complaining, I love the groove. 2017 will be an interesting year for Bury Tomorrow, after taking the majority of this year away from touring they will be back in April touring the UK with Crossfaith.

Highlight Tracks: Last Light, Earthbound, Cemetery.

MOTHERSHIP – DANCE GAVIN DANCE
Ha, Ok. Where do I start with this album? Considering I only found out about them last month and found out about this album last month, it’s definitely up there as one of my favourites. An album that blends Tech metal with Pop Star vocals? Doesn’t sound possible right? Wrong! Have a listen, this album will engrave itself onto your soul.

Highlight Tracks: Young Robot, Deception, Philsopher King, Betrayed By The Game, Chocolate Jackalope.

MAGMA – GOJIRA
If I could sum up this album in a word, that would be ‘Hnngggg’ (Definition, verb – the sound made when the listener reaches climax while listening to extreme riffage). Another album which showed the world why Metal is so strong right now. An album for a fan of any sub genre across the board, Gojira have set themselves to be one of the future giants of Metal. Also, their main stage set at this year’s Bloodstock Festival was nothing short of phenomenal.

Highlight Tracks: Silvera, Only Pain.

NEWBORN MIND – NAPOLEON
Without a doubt, my favourite album of 2016. Napoleon’s debut album walks in the footsteps of Architect’s ‘All Our Gods…’ but spins a positive outlook on the listener. An album which reaches out to you and says, we’re with you and whatever you’re going through you can pull through this and we’ll make sure of it. The title tracks Dystopia & Utopia are masterpieces in their own right. The hardcore tech blend works so, so well and it’s an album I always end up coming back to over and over again.

Highlight Tracks: Dystopia/Utopia, Newborn Mind, Afterlife, Stargazer, Remedy.

PERIPHERY – PERIPHERY III: SELECT DIFFICULTY
For those that know me well enough you won’t be surprised by this in the slightest. After the release of last year’s concept albums ‘Alpha & Omega’, Periphery returned this year with an album which meshed the concept albums with their self titled debut. Tracks like Absolomb made a welcome return into the band’s track listings which visited back to the band’s earlier days and into Misha Mansoor’s private collection of excellent riffs. An album which divided fans, but at this point that’s not really a surprise anymore. But, I really liked it, so who cares.

Highlight Tracks: Motormouth, Marigold, Habitual Line Stepper, Flatline, Catch Fire, Prayer Position.

WARRIOR SOUND – THE QEMISTS
Mixing things up now as surprisingly, one of my favourite albums of the year isn’t a metal album. The latest release from Drum ‘n’ Bass outfit ‘The Qemists’ makes this list for a few reasons. Firstly, the album live sounds incredible. Seeing them support Crossfaith earlier this year was a spectacle to behold, it’s been a while since I’ve seen a band transmit so much energy to an audience and for the audience to give that energy back is insane. Secondly, there’s a whiff of Pendulum about them and I don’t mean that in a condescending way in the slightest as they’re a band I liked in my teenage years and to have a band as flexible as ‘The Qemists’ step in, it’s really exciting to see where things will go for them in years to come.

Highlight Tracks: Run You, Anger, No More, Push The Line, No Respect.

ZOAX – ZOAX
The self titled album from the Heavy Post Rockers which has really propelled them this year, supporting Funeral For A Friend on their last ever tour back in the Spring, playing at this year’s Camden Rocks Fest & 2000 Trees to name just a few. The album starts off with a massive bang with Bad Blood, Dance With The Devil & Roses All The Way kicking off the album, which also features an awesome array of tracks all the way through until the end. If you’re looking for something that is just that bit different, then Zoax’s debut should definitely be in your playlist.

Highlight Tracks: Bad Blood, Dance With The Devil, Roses All The Way, The Wave, Good Times.

And so, we come to the closing days of 2016 and we kind of look forward to what 2017 has in store for us. Even if it won’t look like a good year politically, at least we’ll have some good music to listen to…

Fundraiser Started For Redundant Team Rock Staff Within Touching Distance Of Target

Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward has launched a JustGiving campaign in the hope of raising £20,000 for the staff of music publisher, Team Rock. The campaign comes following the company’s liquidation and the announcement that over 70 members of staff are to be laid off with no severance pay six days before Christmas. 

Ward was quoted saying:

“Today, 73 members of the Team Rock staff were told that the company is going into liquidation and that they are being made redundant with immediate effect with ZERO pay. These are good, hard-working, committed people that through Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, TeamRock Radio and more, have supported the rock and heavy metal scene in this country for decades and now we, the rock community, need to pull together to help give something back.”

 

People can donate to the campaign here.

73 people were laid off following the company’s collapse. Administrators were called in after the firm got into financial difficulties, and 27 members of staff in Scotland and a further 46 in London have been made redundant. Seven staff members will be retained “in the short term” to assist the administrators. Team Rock ran a stable of rock music magazines, including Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Classic Rock Presents Prog, and featured regular content on its website, http://www.teamrock.com.

 

Administrators at FRP Advisory are now seeking buyers for the business’s magazine titles and other assets. Joint administrator Tom MacLennan said Team Rock had traded at a loss “for a significant period of time”. Adding: “The company explored every option to secure the long-term future of the business, however the constraints on the cash position of the business were such that administration was the only viable option. The administration presents an excellent opportunity to acquire high profile rock music titles, products and brands that have a substantial global following. ”

 

Team Rock was founded in 2012, and bought the Classic Rock, Classic Rock Presents Prog and Metal Hammer magazines from Future Publishing in 2013. FRP have stated the company’s website attracted more than three million hits per month, and the company owns an extensive archive of video, radio, images and magazines.

The current among donated sits at just under £18,000 just £2000 shy of it’s target. The link to the JustGiving page is here.

Don’t forget, we are community not competition.

Five Years Of Radio

(Friday 9th December 2011, Harrow Community Radio, 5pm)

Me: Errr-hello and welcome to-

Rob: Alex, you need to turn the microphone on.

Me: Ah fuck. *Turns fader on* Hello, my name is Alex Irons and welcome to Harrow Community Radio…

And that’s where it all started, and in my usual style it started with me making a howler.

In all honestly, I can’t believe I’ve been going on for this long, as I didn’t think I would still be presenting at this point in time. The past 5 years have been a crazy roller coaster of a ride, from work experience at Absolute Radio after a year  of a presenting to covering festivals up and down the country and interviewing some of the biggest bands to date, as well as meeting idols from my teenage years (I’m sorry for fanboying Herman Li…). I’ve also met some amazing and inspiring people along the way.

Being a radio presenter was my childhood dream, I’d sit up all night listening to Geoff Lloyd’s Late Night show thinking “I’d love to be able to do this, I’d love to be on the radio” and if I could go back in time to 11 year old me and tell him that you are living your dream I don’t think he’d believe me. I originally started presenting to help me beat my depression and my anxiety, and I’d have to say that because this I have well and truely beaten my fears, I have beaten those thoughts that would reduce me to tears, the thoughts that would say “You aren’t good enough”, “You’re not worth the air you breathe, the ground you stand on”.

I have to thank you all for being apart of my journey, to all of the presenters I’ve met and worked with, to every manager I’ve worked under (and of course a massive thank you to the man who started my career who is no longer with us), a massive thank you to every band, artist and member of the public I’ve featured on the radio in one shape or form and of course a massive thank you, to you reading this blog right now. You may have not listened to the show, you may have liked a post or follow me on twitter or whatever, but thank you for being apart of this journey.

I’m currently taking a short break from radio to recharge my batteries, but I’ll be back bigger and better than ever in 2017. I am also working on a few projects behind the scenes which I cannot wait to show you next year.

Modern Pussy – HVMM Premiere

With the intro fresh out of a Rocky Horror Picture Show/Persona 4 scene, West country based Alternative Rockers HVMM have announced their brand new single “Modern Pussy” which is a delightfully delicious as going down on well…y’know. Providing you like it heavy, grungy and sludgy down there…

Give me a minute, I’m gonna have to puke after that analogy.

Anyway, if you fancy seeing HVMM play their brand new single live, they will be in London supporting Hands Off Gretel as part of ‘Camden Rocks’ at The Monarch on Wednesday 7th December. You can get your grubby little hands on tickets for just a fiver here.

Last Live Show Of 2016 Tonight

Hey all,

Just a short note to say that tonight will be the last live show aired on Roundhouse Radio this year as I’ll be taking a short break over December and the New Year to essentially just recharge my batteries.

2016 has been the biggest and the busiest year of my radio career, covering 11 festivals across the UK for Roundhouse Radio, Total Rock, Wizard Radio & Elite Magazine, as well as picking up Fireball Whiskey as my endorsement. I have enjoyed every minute of it, but I would like to take some time so I can plan ahead for 2017 and it bigger and better than this year has been for me.

It’s the end of my show for 2016 however, on Tuesday 6th December, London based Metal band ‘Agent’ will be taking over my show and I will have a few more treats for you before the end of this year.

Tune in to the last live show of 2016 from 9pm GMT at http://roundhouse.org.uk. This weel features interviews from this year’s Hard Rock Hell Festival.

A Quick Update #2

My Iron Men & Iron Maidens,

Just a short update as to what’s been going on as I’ve been rather quiet throughout October. I’ve started a new job and although it isn’t anything too exciting, it’s getting to a busy point in the year which means that I’m required to work more hours and my radio shows have suffered because of that, I don’t have the time to produce and create three shows a week anymore and to be honest I haven’t done for a long time.

So, as of effect immediately I will be syndicating my Roundhouse Radio show to Wizard Radio & Total Rock. Both managers have been supportive in agreeing to let me do this. So now I will be broadcasting to 3 stations across the U.K like I should have been instead of drifting through a sea of uncertainty which I had been feeling for a long time, so it’s great to finally have that off my chest.

Keep on Rocking.

Alex Irons

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Fireball ‘Fuelling The Fire’ Tour – Black Water County

Today’s the day, the last day of the ‘Fireball Fuelling The Fire’ tour, after starting the fire in Bristol, the tour supported by Less Than Jake has blazed across the country in O2 Academy venues up and down the country. Tonight the tour finishes just an hour and a half away from where it started in Bristol at the O2 Academy Bournemouth.

Tonight’s opening band are local Folk Punk band ‘Black Water County’ who are influenced by Frank Turner, The Pogues and Guinness.

You can unleash your inner celt tonight shortly after doors at 6:15 and if you haven’t listened to them before, then they recommend you get a drink as ‘One More Beer Won’t Hurt

Fireball ‘Fuelling The Fire’ Tour – Broken 3 Ways

The Fireball Tour comes to The Ritz…in Manchester.

With only 2 nights left, the O2 Ritz in Manchester hosts the Penultimate night of what has been an amazing tour, with Less Than Jake being nothing short of outstanding (at least that’s what I saw at Brixton anyway)

Tonight’s local opener comes in the form of ‘Broken 3 Ways‘, an up and coming Ska Punk band from that least likely of places ‘The Wirral’. Who will be kicking off proceedings shortly after doors open tonight at 6pm. In case you don’t know what to expect, here’s their most recent single ‘Not Going Down‘.

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