Category Archives: Rock

HIGH FIGHTER: ‘Champain.’

Hamburg’s Sludge Metalists, High Fighter are set to unleash their second album on the unsuspecting world come the end of July 2019.

I say ‘unsuspecting,’ for ‘Champain’ is likely to surprise even some of their diehard fans with this brutal follow-up to their 2014 debut EP, ‘The Goat Ritual,‘ and first LP, ‘Scars and Crosses‘ which gained them so much attention two years later.

Whereas their previous album was laden with big, heavy riffs with stoner / blues influences rising to the fore, ‘Champain‘ is sounding much more brutal; more angry. It’s not for taking any prisoners, that’s for sure!

So that fans and interested observers alike can brace themselves for the full album onslaught at the end of July, High Fighter have kindly released two singles. Both showcase vocalist Mona Miluski’s incredible range, veering from Death Metal growls and mean screams to her Stoner Rock, Soul and Blues roots.


The first, ‘Before I Disappear‘ came out in May of this year, and now the follow-up, ‘Dead Gift,’ has been made available. Both can be purchased, and the album pre-ordered, via the band’s Bandcamp page.

But you can listen to them both right here and now.

‘Champain’ will be released on July 26th 2019 via Argonauta Records.
Make that note in your diary
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MAJESTY: ‘Legends.’

‘Legends‘ is the ninth studio album from German ‘True Metal’ band, Majesty and comes two years after their last LP, ‘Rebels.

I’m not sure whether you’d actually class this as a ‘concept’ album as such, but it does seem to follow a storyline. From the opening, spoken-word track, ‘The Will to Believe,‘ you are placed “…after the war, when all the cities were burning.” The narrator, in a bit of a ‘War of the Worlds’ fashion it has to be said, calls to any rebel that are listening to rise as one, to create a new era; to become Legends.

Thrust into a post-apocalyptic landscape, you are immediately hit with a rapidly advancing after-blast of furiously rolling drums, buzzing, choppy guitar riffs and the anthemic vocals of ‘Rizing Home.’

‘Burn the Bridges’ is more synth-led, I’d say, though, don’t worry, the searing guitar solo still appears about the half way point. And I tell you, if you ain’t fist pumping and roaring the words of the chorus by this point, then you better have your pulse checked. You my just be dead.
(In fact …. here! I just found this.)

The pace slows considerably for ‘We Are Legends,’ but the drums are still pounding a deliberate beat and the vocals are strong and proud. You can just imagine, given what’s gone before, the ‘rebels’ holding their heads high as they walk through the destruction and mayhem that surrounds them.

Wasteland Outlaw‘ follows below.

Church of Glory‘ is very dramatic and I sense a bit of Balkan influence in the verses. It’s very inventive, whatever. There’s definitely a lovely clash of musical cultures coming through, but all with the distinctive Euro Metal sound backing it all up.

The next track, certainly by comparison with what’s gone before, I think lacks that bit of ‘oomph’ that is so prevalent in the six that precede it. It’s hard to say what ‘Mavericks Supreme‘ lacks exactly – it’s still a good track, but maybe it’s more one-paced. It’s missing the intensity of the other tracks, I think. It’s not one you’d necessarily skip over, but …. yeah, ok.

When the opening bars of the piano introduced ‘Words of Silence,‘ I thought I was going to get a version of ‘Let it Be.‘ But thankfully not. Instead, I got a beautiful sing-a-long ballad that would have worked even just with the basic piano accompaniment, but builds into a glorious, controlled, crashing crescendo which truly shows the versatility of Majesty. Love it!

‘Last Brigade‘ brings back the fury, with a vengeance! And after a brief, fifty second, mid-song gentle interlude, we are treated to perhaps Emanuel Knorr’s most exciting guitar solo on the album. Though they’re all pretty fine, I have to say.

The deep, not growled but still threatening group vocals bring a more sinister feel to the penultimate track, ‘Blood of The Titans,’ before the album closes with the chugging riffs of ‘Stand As One.‘ (Spoiler Alert! This sounds like a song of triumph to me!)

Throughout, Tarek Maghary’s vocals are powerful and dramatic, the guitar solos, frantic and searing. The drums and basslines push, shove and cajole all the tracks along at breakneck speed and the occasional prominence of keyboards / synth dance in amongst the whole wonderful cacophony.

This is one heck of an album. Established fans will love it, I’m sure. And I’m confident that new fans will also be found. Like me, for example.

It’s an exhausting listen – fast and furious and loud. Just like Rock ‘n’ Roll should be.

Maybe just one more play before bed.

(‘Legends’ is released through Naplam Records on 28th June 2019)

DISTRICT MOTION

District Motion are a four–piece rock / pop outfit from Lincolnshire. They came into formal being around 2009 and have to date released twenty-five ‘singles’ and received the backing of BBC Introducing.

Their music styles are varied. Like the new single to be released at the end of June, ‘Faded Away,’ is a slow burning, indie anthem. I can just see the phone torches sparkling for as far as the eye can see, slowly waving to and fro in time with the music as the Festival crowd join in the chorus!

I know it’s irritating for bands to read comparisons, but it’s what we bloggers do – for this track, which I’ll add when it becomes available,, I get a sense of Embrace mixed with one of my long time favourites, Theatre Royal.

District Motion have in earlier interviews counted Coldplay as one of their influences, and I can see that being the case based on this track. However, they also quote a former chippy server from my neck of the woods as another who inspired them. I’ll be honest, much as I like him, I’d never before heard a band say they were inspired by Paulo Nutini.

Then I came across this video made by the band from October 2018. This has Paulo Nutini written all over it – and I love it!

The band may not thank me for this, but just to illustrate my point at the start of this piece, here’s another couple of videos from a few years back showing more of a punk / rock sensibility.

I do hope they have kept all these songs in their live repertoire. But even if they haven’t it’s an excellent audio / visual record of a band’s musical development.




THE SENTON BOMBS: ‘Bury The Hatchet.’

I know – I’m fickle. And impatient.

Which means that when wading through so much music and deciding what to feature here on Loud Horizon, a track needs to either grab my attention within the first twenty seconds, or at least intrigue me enough to play on. Of course, an interesting or thought provoking video will help too.

And with their new single, ‘Bury the Hatchet,’ as with the title track from their current album,’ Outsiders,’ Blackpool band The Senton Bombs, tick all the boxes.

You may notice I haven’t followed the usual reviewer’s convention of adding a descriptive style or genre before the word ‘band.’

From the opening drums, guitar riff and especially the very Rancid-like bassline, it seemed obvious that ‘Bury the Hatchet‘ was a punk song. But as the vocals kick in, I got more a sense of general classic hard rock. Then the chorus turns up, a big sing-a-long chorus that reminded me a little of say, Dropkkick Murphys, which in turn takes me back to the attention-grabbing opening scene of the video.

Eventually, I settled on ‘punk.’ The Senton Bombs are a punk outfit. That’s it.

Ah – but wait ….

I was curious to find out more of their music, so I checked out the video to the album’s title track and earlier single,, ‘Outsiders.’ This is about as far removed from ‘punk’ as you can get – the metronomic, thumping beat and guitar vocals / guitar perfectly match the video images of native American Indians and their struggles. This is a stomping rock track if ever I heard one. And one with a message that is pertinent in this day and age also.

Punk? Rock? What does it matter, so long as it’s good. And this better than simply that.

The Senton Bombs have been tipped for big things by likes of Classic Rock magazine amongst others. And I can totally see why.

You heard it here second. Ok – maybe seventh. Or eighth.

WHISKEY MYERS: ‘Die Rockin”

It seems a long way off, September 27th … it IS a long way off, but what’s the saying …? All good things come to those who wait? Yeah, that’s it.

It may be over three months until it’s release, but the new Whiskey Myers album is sure to fall into the ‘good thing,’ category, if lead track (and ‘Instant Grat Track’ for those who pre-order) is anything to go by.
Die Rockinreally sums up this rock ‘n’ roll life of ours,” explains the song’s co-writer and band frontman Cody Cannon.

The album itself, fourteen songs spanning fifty-six minutes, is as broad in style and genre as the band have become renowned for over these past twelve years, with inspiration coming as much from likes of Nirvana as from Waylon Jennings. There are also nods to Gospel music, evidence of which can be heard in the backing on ‘Die Rockin’.’

(No video available at the moment – audio stream only.)

I love this straight-up, no frills, unpretentious rock! We just don’t get enough of it here in the UK. Country Rock / Southern Rock – whatever you want to call it, is not outdated as some on this side of the Atlantic would have you believe. Would Whiskey Myers have played the main Stage at the 2018 Download Festival if it were?

And of course, in America, their star continues to rise. Next week (June 25th) for instance, they only open for The Rolling Stones at Soldier Field,, Chicago. Not many bands are afforded that honour these days.
(I notice there is a track on the new album called ‘Rolling Stone.’ Flattery obviously gets you everywhere with Mick and Keith!)

This is the Whiskey Myers’ fifth studio album, so I was a tad surprised to note the eponymous title – I would hazard this is done more on the debut offering from bands. But lead guitarist John Jeffers explains:
“This was the first album we’ve produced on our own and it’s 100% authentically us, which is why we decided to self-title it WHISKEY MYERS. We’ve been fortunate in our careers to work with some incredible producers, but self-producing gave us the freedom to try out every crazy idea in the studio, which got us to this place where we are completely satisfied with the end result and more excited than ever to get this new music out to our fans.”

The following track, ‘Bitch,’ also appears on the forthcoming release. I doubt this video is an’official’ one and the sound quality perhaps won’t do proper justice, but you do get a sense of the power and energy of the song. (If the band / representatives would prefer it be removed from this post, I’m happy to do so.)

It’s obvious committed fans of the band are going to love this album, but I’m sure Whiskey Myers are going to add to their increasing fan base on the back of this. They are certainly a band I’d now go see if they hit my town.
“Hellllooo Paisley! We’re so glad to see you here tonight!….”

Nah – it’s not gonna happen, is it?!

ABEL RAISE THE CAIN: ‘History Scenes.’

Abel Raise The Cain are a five-piece band from Teeside in the North East of England.

Since forming around seven years ago, they have built a fiercely loyal fanbase in their own neck of the woods and I see from their Soundcloud page, they have been given airplay by Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamaq.

I don’t know if they have any plans for world domination, but if they have designs on breaking out of their locale, then their latest single, ‘History Scenes,’ may just be the track to help them on their way.

The band themselves describe their music as being ‘epic / indie / orchestral / experimental / rock’ and they have piled all of these influences into this song. Well, maybe not so much of the ‘experimental,’ but everything else.

In recent years we have seen / listened to bands such as Elbow and Coldplay amongst others, have success with slow-burning tracks that build and build into a grandiose crescendo. ‘History Scenes,’ is of that ilk.

But rather than sounding anything like the two afore-mentioned bands, I hear this epic, swaying soundscape as more in the mould of very early James (‘Stripmine‘ album era) with the huge, anthemic choruses of Snow Patrol.

Yeah – that’ll just about do it. Nice job, lads – now spread those wings and fly!