Ram drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

Following in the footsteps of a long line of heavy metal predecessors, this week’s guests on the show are Swedish leather clad outcasts RAMbyMagnusLindgren_01-1024x893

Tune in as front man Oscar and I chat about the formation of the band, it’s continual inspirations and their latest fist pumping album Svbversvm.

Released October 2015 the album is seen as a rebirth for the band, Oscar and I go into depths about the the new album and the writing process for what is being named their most critically acclaimed work.

svbversvmSvbversvm Track Listing:
1. Return Of The Iron Tyrant
2. Eyes Of The Night
3. The Usurper
4. Enslaver
5. Holy Death
6. Terminus
7. The Omega Device
8. Forbidden Zone
9. Temples Of Void
10. Svbversvm

 

Wednesday 18th November 2015 – 8pm GMT / 12pm PST only on Totalrock.com

Hank Shermann calls in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show. 

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There are many a metal head out there that would argue that this week’s guest, Hank Shermann was responsible for changing the structure and the sound of metal as we know it!!

Forming his first band in Denmark, ‘Brats’ was a punk outfit that would be the first incarnation of what the world soon came to know as Mercyful Fate. With a release in 1980 called 1980, the band soon gained a significant following but as with many musicians, perfecting his craft and creating a unique sound was something that Hank Shermann strived for. As the momentum of the band increased so too did their heaviness and Brat’s label was none too pleased, discarding their Punk roots for a more Metal sound it left the band only one choice, to rename themselves Mercyful Fate. 

From the bands inception, Hank and his band mate King Diamond spent enormous amounts of time in the studio. This earnest dedication resulted in endless amounts of demos recorded in the early years many of which appeared on the first eponymous EP. That time would also produce work for both of the albums ‘Melissa’ and
‘Don’t Break the Oath’, which would go on rock the very foundations of metal as we know it.

Within only four years of their initial existence Mercyful Fate packed a heavy punch and produced some of the finest metal in the observable universe, influencing Metallica, Slayer, Ghost and countless other bands worth their salt.

In spite of the unfortunate demise of the band in 1985, the band reformed in 1993 and immediately went on an incredibly prolific recording and touring period. During this time the band produced ‘In the Shadows’ 1993, ‘Time’ 1994, ‘Into the Unknown’ 1996, ‘Dead Again’ 1998 and ‘9’ in 1999. The band have been on hiatus since 1999.

Now the long awaited time has come. With a brand new Ep ‘Satan’s Tomb’ Denner/Shermann are back with a star-studded band. Satan’s tomb holds every last drop of the Mercyful Fate sound. The guys wanted to recreate the eighties sound and they have done just that. Tracks like ‘Satan’s Tomb’ and ‘New Gods’ are a clear reminder that these guys have still got it in spades and continue to create the very finest metal sounds.

Denner / Shermann
Satan’s Tomb

01. Satan’s Tomb
02. War Witch
03. New Gods
04. Seven Skulls

Live this Wednesday  4th November 2015, 8pm GMT on Totalrock radio

Purson interview on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

Joining me on this week’s show is the psychedelic rock band Purson.

For a band that have only been producing music in the last four years, it’s surprising how far this small collective from London, England have come. With elements from the seventies, combined with a raw and unique kaleidoscope of contemporary rock, Purson have captured a timeless frequency that could be seen as all too familiar to the avid rock fan, yet the band have produced a new spin on the era and forced signatures and melodies that are currently missing in today’s musical climate.

Tune in this week, as I catch up with vocalist Rosalie Cunningham in San Francisco to chat about their support slot on Ghost‘s “Black to the future” tour of the United States. Plus we discuss the bands success and the upcoming new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’.

With tracks like “Leaning On A Bear” and “The Contract” it’s hard not to see why Purson made No.15 in Metal Hammer‘s best 50 Albums 2013 and were also nominated for Best New band in Classic Rocks’s 2014 Rock Roll Of Honour held in Los Angeles. With appearances at major festivals including the legendary Roadburn, they have also toured with numerous occult-inspired acts like Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Electric Wizard, Blood Ceremony and Seventies legends Pentagram.

With their well crafted stage presence, it would only seem fit for them to hit the US shores in support of Ghost’s Black to the future tour.

A new single ‘Electric landlady’ has recently been released and is taken from their upcoming new album ‘Desire’s Magic Theatre’ which is to be released via Spinefarm Records in Spring 2016.  Check out the video below:

Purson are most certainly a band to keep a close eye on, as they step towards carving themselves a permanent niche in the classic rock circuit.

Michael Schenker drops in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

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Carving his rock royalty status in the early years of his career, Michael Schenker‘s very unique guitar playing and sound in bands UFO and the Scorpions would catapult him into one of the greatest guitarists of all time. This week on the show I have the legend Michael Schenker joining me to chat about his years in rock and his latest musical project, Temple of Rock.

As many of us musically minded enthusiasts know, guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page forged a style of playing taking the guitar sound to new heights, from distortion to the use of the Wah wah pedal and developments in amps and cabs from Jim Marshall. With that being said, it wasn’t long before Michael Schenker would find his own way of doing things, with influences taking from titans Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, Schenker soon developed his own guitar sound and found his own style of playing. Responsible for UFO classic hits like “Natural Thing,” “Doctor Doctor,” “Lights Out,” and “Rock Bottom,” and his work with his brothers band Scorpions. UFO SchenkerMichael stood out as a unique player. With his solo work of the late seventies, early eighties in Michael Schenker group. He has remained a key figure in rock, hitting numerous top guitarist polls throughout his career.

Now back with a new project Michael Schenker Temple of Rock, he has teamed up with Love drive ex-Scorpions members Herman Rarebell on drums, Francis Buchholz on bass and belting out the vocals, Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, WAMI) a combination that is creating some much needed magic into the ever growing classic rock scene.

With two albums to date and a live album in-between, the guys are back with a brand new album Spirit on a Mission. With diamond hits “Live And Let Live: and “Something of the Night” it’s clear to see that Temple of Rock as a band, are producing some edgy, yet modern classic rock.

“Spirit On A Mission” track listing:

01. Live And Let Live
02. Communion*
03. Vigilante Man
04. Rock City
05. Saviour Machine*
06. Something Of The Night
07. All Our Yesterdays
08. Bulletproof*
09. Let The Devil Scream*
10. Good Times
11. Restless Heart
12. Wicked*
13. Searching For Freedom (instrumental) (bonus track on deluxe edition + vinyl edition)

Tune in to this week’s show as I chat with Michael about his influences, his guitar sound and the future of Temple Of Rock. Wednesday 7th October 8pm GMT only on Totalrock.com.
Be sure to check out the Temple of Rock boys as they embark on a UK tour with Judas Priest before heading out on their own tour in early 2016. Full dates and ticket links are listed below.

JAN 20 2016 Robin 2 Bilston ENG
JAN 21 2016 Holmfirth Picturedome Holmfirth ENG
JAN 22 2016 Queens Hall Edinburgh SCO
JAN 23 2016 The Ironworks Inverness SCO
JAN 25 2016 The Sage Gateshead ENG
JAN 26 2016 02 Academy Liverpool ENG
JAN 28 2016 Academy 2 Manchester ENG
JAN 29 2016 Rock City Nottingham ENG
JAN 30 2016 Islington Assembly Hall London ENG
JAN 31 2016 Giants Of Rock Minehead ENG

Gentleman’s Pistols drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

Starting life as a three piece punk band from Bradford, England the guys of Gentleman’s pistols soon jumped ship to neighbouring town Leeds. Whereupon, they shifted themselves away from their cruder sonic roots to create a more significantly guitar driven sound with the addition of a fourth member.

From The Sweet to Deep Purple, James (Atkinson, vocals) had identified a sound that he wanted to give life to with the band, with a shared musical taste the guys soon put out a few 7 inch singles in 2006.

The following year saw Gentlemen’s Pistols release a self titled album through new label Rise Above records and quickly hit the rock headlines, sending ripples through a tired music industry in the UK.

With a second album ‘At Her Majesties Pleasure’ and the recruitment of Bill Steer into the band the four-piece from ‘oop North successfully toured around Europe, hitting the road hard with Scissorfight, Witchcraft, Circulus, Firebird, Leaf Hound and Saviours amongst others.

After a 4 year break Gentleman’s Pistols are back with a new record label (Nuclear Blast) and a brand new album ‘Hustler’s row’.

Released in October the album sees the guys move forward with not just melodic guitar hooks but genuine vocal power and prowess.

The first single from the album can be heard below. Tune in this week as I catch up with founding member and frontman James to chat about the new album and the development of Gentleman’s Pistols.

Hustler’s Row:

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Side A
01. The Searcher
02. Devil’s Advocate On Call
03. Time Wasters
04. Private Rendezvous
05. Stress And Confusion
Side B
01. Personal Fantasy Wonderland
02. Lady Teaser
03. Dazzle Drizzler
04. Coz Of You
05. Hustler’s Row

Atomic Bitchwax call in to this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show – Podcast now available

Jumping out of the early 90’s with psychedelic wonderment, The Atomic Bitchwax arguably have one of the greatest band names in the cosmos. Releasing their first album in 1999 as a three-piece, they have always shifted the ever growing Stoner rock movement to new heights of riffage. With relentless touring and a continuum of great albums produced they have become the masters of the field.

With ex-members of Raging Slab, The Core and Godspeed, The Atomic Bitchwax boys also have firm commitments in Monster Magnet. Given the nature of both bands I gain an in-depth look at the tight schedule of The Atomic Bitchwax, not just in the studio, but on the road.

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The last release ‘The Local Fuzz’  (2011) would see The Atomic Bitchwax hit the road for the following 3 years, touring everywhere from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.

In the aftermath of touring in late 2014 the guys entered the studio to record what is undoubtedly their greatest album to date. The brand new album Gravitron, released April via independent label Tee Pee records, has taken the band to newer planes in songwriting and saw them produce one of my top 5 rock albums of 2015.

The Atomic Bitchwax ‎– Gravitron

Tee Pee Records ‎– TPE-174-1
Tracklist
A1 Sexecutioner
A2 No Way Man
A3 It’s Alright
A4 War Claw
A5 Coming In Hot
B6 Fuckface
B7 Proto World
B8 Down With The Swirl
B9 Roseland
B10 Ice Age “Hey Baby”

With songs on the new record seemingly quite light hearted (Roseland, It’s alright) to others with a potentially more serious/ darker side (No way man, Down with the swirl) The Atomic Bitchwax guys have really pushed their boundaries.

Tune in as I catch up with the guys on their current tour of North America somewhere in Texas to find out how they manage to balance The Atomic Bitchwax and Monster magnet, but also what keeps the guys driven in music and where they find their creative inspiration. More importantly, I ask the question on everyone’s lips: Which one of the guys in The Atomic Bitchwax is the “Sexecutioner”?

Crobot drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

With the most prestigious supporting slot of their career, I caught up with Crobot on the 2015 tour with UK heavy metal Titans Saxon and Motorhead celebrating their 40th anniversary.

 This week I catch up with founding members Brandon and Chris to chat about how far they have come in the last 4 years from their beginnings in small town Pennsylvania. Now joined by New Jersey brothers Paul and Jake,  Crobot hit the rock world with their debut album release: ‘Something Supernatural’.

The band made waves with their first single in May 2014  ‘Nowhere to hide’ which hit the U.S. Billboard rock charts at no 16. Tapping into the ever growing classic rock audience, Crobot’s stunning album has seen them tour around the world with the likes of Clutch and The Sword as well as heavyweights Black Label Society.


Discussing the band’s outlook on the future, I find out more about their upcoming European tour this November with Scorpion child and Buffalo Summer and the question on everyone’s lips… Is a new album on it’s way?!!

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IMG_8929Tracklist

01. Legend Of The Spaceborne Killer
02. Nowhere To Hide
03. The Necromancer
04. La Mano De Lucifer
05. Skull Of Geronimo
06. Cloud Spiller
07. Fly On The Wall
08. Night Of The Sacrifice
09. Chupacabra
10. Wizards
11. Queen Of The Light