Friday, 10 June 2016

Redwolves - Got You On My Mind


Redwolves press release...

"The Danish hardrock band Awesome Mr. Powerwolf are changing their name to Redwolves. The reasoning behind this is that the members of the band wanted to avoid any legal issues with the German heavy metal band Powerwolf.
"When we named our band back in 2008, we didn’t know of the band Powerwolf. After a break from late 2009 to early 2012, we started rehearsing again, with all new members, and by then we knew about Powerwolf, but we didn’t think it would ever be a problem, since we don’t play the same genre of music at all," says Rasmus Cundell, lead singer of Redwolves.

"Powerwolf now own the rights to that name and we thought it would be best to avoid any confusion or legal issues with the band, so we changed our name.” 

Redwolves, under the name Awesome Mr. Powerwolf, released an EP titled ”Wake Up” late 2013, that got a lot of great reviews from Denmark, Canada, England, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and USA. The band is currently being, or have been, played on more than 180 radio stations in 47 different countries, and are presented on more than 300 webpages and in magazines from all over the world. The "Wake Up" EP can be found on Spotify and iTunes, as well as almost every other music streaming service under, the artist name Redwolves."

Up and Running Again

Hi folks, I've rather let this project wither as I finished my last two modules at university, but that's finished now so I've got more time to mess around with rock and roll. This next bit is what we're about....

  • We want to get more rock and metal into the UK and worldwide charts
  • We have no budget whatsoever
  • We're relying on working with bands and their fans, PR people, radio stations and any other media
  • Please excuse the shambles, we're running on goodwill and black coffee
  • Did I mention we have no budget ?
If you can join us on Facebook or Twitter then please do.
If you are a band, manager, PR or Uber-fan and you can help the project by sharing and promoting, please do. We are all going to grow together on the Rock The Charts trip, as we gain fans your videos will get more viewers, we'll promote you to an increasing audience and this will repay down the line in more album and gig ticket sales.
If you manage a page on Facebook then please share our page. In the types of pages we are linking to we all share a passion for rock and metal, and as we grow we'll keep sharing you and you will grow with us, it's win-win.
Rock The Charts isn't gaining anything from this except having a good time and promoting the styles of music that I love.
That said, outright bribes of free albums, free booze and red headed girls in black leather will be gratefully accepted.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

The Disclaimer

I'm doing a sort of 'Best Music of 2014' type thing.


I'm a little busy / disorganised so this is going to be a round-up of the bands, albums and singles that gave me the most pleasure during the year. With that in mind, a lot of the music will be from 2014, but some of it will be a little older.

It isn't going to be an organised list with top ten and an overall winner, but an ongoing thing for a short while as I remember all the great stuff I've listened to this year.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Album Review : Tothem - Beyond The Sea

Tothem are a five piece symphonic dark rock outfit with true operatic vocals from singer Roslen. The band hail from Rome and are signed to the Canadian Maple Metal record label. They have released one EP, and Beyond The Sea is their first full length release.

I think I've summed up Tothem's style with the symphonic and operatic genre tags, the band don't stray into full blown metal, preferring a harmonic gothic sound and Roslen's high and crystal clear vocals are the very antitheses of the growling and screaming so prevalent in the metal scene today.

The highlights of what is a pretty accomplished debut outing are the initial single release, The Witch, with its sing-a-long intro and choppy guitar work and the more up-tempo opening track Run To You which alternates Roslen's best vocal work with some headbang inducing rhythms. Fight With You has a wonderful flow and feel as Tothem demonstrate some great changes in pace and timing leading up to a thundering conclusion. Tothem demonstrate their obvious musical ability throughout the album, layering and interchanging the guitars and keyboards to allow varying spates of pounding rock with gently flowing rhythmic sections highlighting the vocals. It's this understanding of pace, tempo and variation which makes almost all of the album a solid success.

If you're a fan of Nightwish or Within Temptation then there is a lot on Beyond The Sea to enjoy, a similar feel and musical style perhaps, but Roslen's operatic vocal performance really takes Tothem into a genre of their own. Welcome to Italian operatic goth, it's an enchanting place to be.

Tothem Facebook

Mapel Metal Records

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The Sunpilots


Saturday, 25 January 2014

Album Review : The Boy In The Attic (Self Titled) EP

Well this is rather good, in fact, some of this is better than rather good. I'm getting stupidly excited over some of the tracks that The Boy In The Attic have created for this, their debut EP.

The Boy In The Attic are based in Wexford, Ireland. I gather the band are having some personnel changes right now so I won't give a who's who. I do hope though that they find some new band members and get settled down because there are moments of great promise on their initial release.

Drop Your Disguise shows a little too much straight post-rock influence to be special, but interest in the EP picks up on Black Out The World where TBITA move gracefully through some nice changes in pace and the vocals have a ring of early Biffy Clyro styling about them. The Illusion Of Reality steps up a gear, a calm intro turns into a headlong charge with layered lead and support vocals and breakdowns that serve as bridges rather than halting the music in its tracks.

Step Into The Future opens with a rolling riff that provides a ridiculously catchy hook throughout the song, the vocals come in and then, BOOM! The chanted refrain of "The future ain' ain't what it used to be", well that's just designed for packed concert halls to bellow that line back at the band. Bloody wonderful!

Closing track Winding Stairs again demonstrates the chanted refrain style the band have worked on, but this time the song is more melodic hard rock with a delicious bouncing guitar riff.

This is exciting stuff, on the best tracks the Irish band show real skill and promise combined with great song writing, they understand that a band needs changes in tempo while still maintaining an underlying style. I'm enjoying this EP a lot, fingers crossed that TBITA survive as band.

Get the EP free from The Boy In The Attic Soundcloud


Eclipse Records

A big thank you today to the very kind folks at Eclipse Records who sent me some free albums this morning, this is almost like being a proper rock journo again. Eclipse popped two albums in my inbox this morning from two of the bands on their roster, Blowsight and A Breach Of Silence. I will post reviews over the next week or so.

Rock The Charts currently has 2,600 followers and we are actively promoting new and emerging music to our followers. Out music selection might be eclectic, we're posting videos from the lightest emo pop-rock through to the most brutal death metal, so along the way we're sure that there will be some new bands that you will enjoy.

This week we teamed up with Erupt The Volcano to promote a single by UK rockers States of Panic. The ETV crew tell me that the single has reached #63 on the Amazon chart last night. We'll continue promoting 'Gun To My Head' until the charts are released on Sunday. Fingers crossed.

Bands - do keep on getting in touch, I'll review as much music as possible, and keep on nudging me to share videos and gig news, I'm very busy / absent minded so polite reminders are good.

Followers - we're still looking for both admins for the Facebook page, and some writers / bloggers / reviewers to make the blog a bit busier. Get in touch.

Everyone - keep on sharing us, the more we have, the more reach YOU have, it's a win-win thing.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Q & A with Derek Close

Now obviously I cannot fly around the world to meet all the bands I want to talk to, and due to having an actual job, different time zones and the bands' work commitments it is easier at the moment to e-mail a few questions. I did this with Derek and he played it poker faced, answered all the questions directly and with tongue slightly in cheek and a cheeky glint in his eye...

Tell us how the band name came about, what does it mean.

Band name histories are usually quite interesting.  Mine is no exception.  Some time ago Mr. & Mrs. Close had a baby boy.  After some deliberation they came down to 2 names:  Tom and Derek.  Mr. Close came into the hospital room and told Mrs. Close that his name would be Tom.  He left and then came back in and said, "Derek".  He left and returned with Tom.  Once again he went out and came back in.  "Derek".  He left.  The doctor came in and asked what the name was going to be.  Mrs. Close shrugged her shoulders and said, "Derek".  The doctor left and Mr. Close came back in and said, "Tom".  Mrs. Close told him that it was too late and that his son's name was Derek.  Derek Close grew up, learned to play music, went solo and named his band after himself.

Derek is derived from the German name Theodoric which means "ruler of the people".  Close means "not far" or "nearby" so Derek Close means "nearby ruler of the people".

Tell us about the best thing(s) that has happened to the band so far.

Some of the best things that have happened over the years is that I've had the opportunity to play with some outstanding musicians and meet a lot of cool people.  Most recently it's been really exciting to have people being very receptive to my music and getting some airplay on indie stations around the net.  The positive feedback has been very encouraging.

Tell us about the worst / funniest thing that has happened to the band so far.

The funniest thing that has happened to me in the world of music occurred at my very first gig.  The band I was playing with got the opportunity to open for an up and coming local band at the time.  We were extremely nervous.  Our set was received by the audience with arms wide open.  After the show our guitarist came up to laughing because kids were coming up to him asking for his autograph and guitar lessons.  I thought it would be cool to sign an autograph so I started keeping an eye out for potential signature seekers.  One kid made eye contact with me, got an excited look on his face and said, "Hey!  Do you know what time it is?"

Tell us something about who your favourite bands / musicians are, who inspired you to get involved with music.

80's metal is what inspired me to get involved with music.  I heard the song Blackout by the Scorpions and I was hooked.  I wanted to play!  My favorite musicians/bands include: Joe Satriani, Stu Hamm, Angelica, Extreme, Altar Bridge, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tony MacAlpine, Gary Hoey, the original Queensryche and Metallica.

Tell us anything else, make it interesting, funny and attention grabbing rather than a ‘please buy our album’ pitch. (We’ll pimp your album anyway)

What's interesting, at least to me is that my new album, The Beta Sessions won't officially release until 2/18/14.  At the time of my writing this, the CD artwork is still going through proofing.  Despite that I'm already moving on to the next project rather than waiting to see what the current release does.  What is the next project?  Well a lot of it is up in the air but I may be moving toward a full band rather than flying solo.  Going solo is cool and all but I really miss the camaraderie that comes with a good group of musical buddies.  Besides, when you're solo you don't have anybody to fight with.

Thanks for that Derek, it's always nice to have someone verbose and amusing to do these things.

Derek Close Facebook
Derek Close on Twitter

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

States Of Panic

So I said we wouldn't push a band until late March, but, great minds think alike and it turns out that there is another UK group up and running with much the same idea as ours.

Erupt The Volcano are pushing a band every week with the intention of charting a single by them. Same plan, different time scale.

We will be throwing our weight behind the ETV campaign, so this week we are asking you to part with 79p to purchase the single 'Gun To My Head' by UK band States Of Panic.

Buy 'Gun To My Head' from I-tunes

Can we rock the charts ? Let's have a go. I bought my copy this morning.