Anthrax cover AOR classic from Kansas (video)

Anthrax’s eleventh studio album ‘For All Kings’ was released in February 2016.  The highly anticipated follow up to the critically acclaimed ‘Worship Music’ was initially available in two versions – a standard and deluxe edition.  Those opting for the affordable deluxe 2CD were treated to a handful of live tracks in exchange for a couple of extra dollars.

In an ideal world, as far as being a fan is concerned, choosing to buy one of either version should be all that’s required.   However, like most bands, Anthrax were not shy of a cynical marketing ploy.  They chose to release the album as a deluxe box set of 7″s later in the year, making sure to include – you guessed it – more unavailable tracks.   Almost exactly a year on from the original release, in February 2017, ‘For All Kings’ was issued for a fourth time.  The 2CD “Tour Edition” didn’t add extra live material, but bizarrely replaced the original deluxe live tracks with some unreleased demos…

Regardless of how you feel about the marketing machine – are we merely being given lots of different opportunities to choose the version that suits us best, or simply being fleeced? – ‘For All Kings’, while not as immediate as it’s predecessor, helps cement Anthrax’s place in the pantheon of classic American metal.

On Saturday April 22nd, fans present at the Los Angeles gig were given a rare treat when the band were joined by session keyboard player (and Queen helper) Fred Mandel and aired their cover of the Kansas classic ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ (available only on the box set edition of the album) live for the very first – and possibly even the only – time.

You can watch fan filmed footage of the performance below.  It’s odd hearing Joey Belladonna reaching for those Steve Walsh notes, but at the same time, both band and fans seem to be having a great time.

THE DEVIL IN FAUST – Come Apart EP

Shrewsbury’s The Devil In Faust mix up a world of rock-based influences on their debut EP, ‘Come Apart’. Three of the four featured songs centre around a genuine punch, and whether attempting something borne of faster alt-metal elements or tackling something a little meatier, there are some great riffs to be heard. These are riffs that, for the most part, sound a hundred times better with the volume cranked, thanks in no small way to producer Tue Madsen – a man best known for his work with Meshuggah, Sick of it All and Dir En Grey. The end results aren’t perfect, since the actual song writing can be a touch wobbly, but there’s certainly some enjoyment to be had from this uneven musical ride.

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THE RIVEN – Blackbird EP

A lot of blues rock bands have surfaced in the five years between 2012 and 2017. Classic Rock magazine’s constant championing of bands like Rival Sons and Blues Pills have obviously helped fuel the fire, but it has to be said, there has always been a core of rock fans clamouring for such old fashioned sounds. London based band The Riven wade into a somewhat saturated market with their debut EP ‘Blackbird’, but do they have anything to make them stand out from the crowd?

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Watch the new video clip from No Vacation

Wistful pop and summer days seem to be at the forefront of No Vacation’s new single.  Accompanied by a suitably light video clip (available via the embedded box below), the dream pop act invite you to explore their ‘Mind Fields’…

The track comes from their forthcoming album, to be released in June 2017.  Regarding the video clip, in the band’s own words, “It’s about realizing that nothing is ever as good as it seems, yet embracing the freedom of letting it all go.”

ONE DAY, AFTER SCHOOL – The Invisible Anchor

Wakefield’s One Day, After School released their debut EP ‘In Skeletal’ at the very beginning of 2016. Given the timing of the release and it only being a four song affair, it seemed fair to think that a full length album would drop at some point that summer. The summer came and went. Then autumn…then a very cold winter. The band were nowhere to be seen. Fast forward to Easter 2017 and – finally – their triumphant return. To say it was worth the wait would be an understatement, since ‘The Invisible Anchor’ taps into everything that made the EP enjoyable and more besides.

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