New Album Out October 1st in North America via Napalm Records
THE ANSWER are set to return in 2013 with a new album and full UK and European tour.
Keeping the beacon of Irish rock music well and truly alight, THE ANSWER have consistently delivered commercial, and critically acclaimed albums. The band have also spent the last eight years touring the world and proving themselves to be an incendiary live act- spending almost two years as main support to AC/DC and playing to over 2 million people, performing festivals across the globe and also supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Wolfmother as well as countless headline tours.
Since releasing their third studio album in late 2011, the band instigated a major shake up in their circumstances and with new management, live booking agents and record label on board, late 2012 saw them enter the studio with ex Little Angels vocalist Toby Jepson at the production helm. The new record, “New Horizon” will be their fourth studio album and with mixes from rock icon Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), the new album will be released on September 30th 2013 through label Napalm Records GmbH.
The band were also honoured and privileged that the late Storm Thorgerson and his team saw fit to design the artwork for the new album and Storm was working on final ideas for the album cover just before his sad passing.
The Downpatrick quartet consists of Cormac Neeson (vocals), Paul Mahon (guitar), Micky Waters (bass) and James Heatley (drums).
Cormac Neeson: “We’re back and we’re back in a big way. Our love for rock ‘n’ roll is still as fresh as a skinny dip in the Lagan (that’s the big river that runs through Belfast!) and we really believe that this is by far and away our best album to date. We can’t wait to get out and play it live!”
The band are set to play their first headline dates since March 2012, undertaking a full 40 date European tour through October and November 2013. Confirmed 2013 dates are as follows (UK and EIRE bold)
Fri 11th Oct Limelight 2, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sat 12th Oct Whelans, Dublin, EIRE
Thurs 17th Oct Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Fri 18th Oct Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Sat 19th Oct Cockpit, Leeds, UK
Sun 20th Oct Corporation, Sheffield, UK
Tues 22nd Oct The Garage, Glasgow, UK
Wed 23rd Oct O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
Thurs 24th Oct Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Fri 25th Oct Electric Ballroom, London, UK
Sat 26th Oct The Thekla, Bristol, UK
Sun 27th Oct Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Tues 29th Oct Patronaat, Haarlem, Netherlands
Wed 30th Oct Metropol, Hengelo, Netherlands
Thurs 31st Oct Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
Fri 1st Nov Luxor, Koln, Germany
Sat 2nd Nov Café Central, Weinheim, Germany
Sun 3rd Nov Kleiner Klub, Saarbrucken, Germany
Tues 5th Nov La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Wed 6th Nov Universium, Stuttgart, Germany
Thurs 7th Nov Pont Rouge, Monthey, Switzerland
Fri 8th Nov Schuur, Luzern, Switzerland
Sat 9th Nov Gaswerk, Winterhur, Switzerland
Sun 10th Nov Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria
Tue 12th Nov Szene, Vienna, Austria
Wed 13th Nov Strom, Munich, Germany
Thurs 14th Nov Magnet, Berlin, Germany
Fri 15th Nov Metal Hammer Festival, Weissenhauser, Germany
Sat 16th Nov Hedon, Zwolle, Netherlands
Sun 17th Nov W2, Den Bosch, Netherlands
Tues 19th Nov La Transbordeur, Lyon, France
Wed 20th Nov LA2 Apollo, Barcelona, Spain
Thurs 21st Nov El Sol, Madrid, Spain
Fri 22nd Nov Explosivo Club, Zaragoza, Spain
Sat 23rd Nov Kafe Antzokia, Bilboa, Spain
Mon 25th Nov Tunnels, Milan, Italy
Tues 26th Nov Circolo Degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
Wed 27th Nov Viper Theatre, Florence, Italy
Fri 29th Nov Le Trabendo, Paris, France
Sat 30th Nov Hard Rock Hell Festival, Pwllheli, Wales
Tickets go on general sale 9am GMT on Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Support from very special guests to be announced.
For Hard Rock Hell Festival please see www.hardrockhell.com
“Suicidal is back!” So screams Mike Muir on the lead single to Suicidal Tendencies first album in 13 years, 13. Judging from the collection of songs put on this disc, Suicidal is back indeed. Technically, 13 is the band’s first album since 2000’s Free Your Soul And Save My Mind, hence part of the reasoning for the title 13. 13 years is a long time to be out of the spotlight and away from the fans. The big question on everyone’s mind was could Suicidal still deliver exceptional thrash/metal music after such a long hiatus? The short answer to that question is yes.
Opening with the hard hitting “Shake It Out,” 13 delivers an immediate impact that both long time fans and newcomers alike are bound to enjoy and praise. The opening guitar riff and drum beat scream out this is a hardcore, thrash album that needs to be played loud. A self-celebrating praise of their return, “Shake It Out” is a reminder of how much fun Suicidal Tendencies can be. This is a hard hitting opener that makes me want to listen over and over again.
“God Only Knows…Who I Am” features a solo by Dean Pleasants that is jaw dropping. The song opens slower than most on the album, but it builds in intensity and anticipation as it develops. By the time the chorus arrives, ears are hooked and fists are pumping into the air. This is an immensely pleasing, amazing song. The build up to the chorus is a great set up for the explosion in the middle. The eruption is pure ear candy and “God Only Knows…Who I Am” could be one of the best Suicidal Tendencies song ever recorded.
“Show Some Love…Tear It Down,” highlights guitarists Dean Pleasants’ and Mike Clark’s exceptional abilities and how they are able to weave so well together. The guitars are heavy, the groove is tight, and the song is flat out fun. This is yet another song that will find fans singing along after just one or two listens. I had a grin planted on my face after just one listen. This is a perfect song for moshing or head banging (depending on your preference). And while it slows down in the middle, it just gives the listener a reason to catch their breath before the song takes off in a fit of rage once again.
Overall, 13 is a fantastic album. If you are a fan of How Will I Laugh Tomorrow… or Lights, Camera, Revolution, then you are going to love 13. Layered with multiple infectious grooves, powerful hooks, heavy guitars, and lots of funk and fun, 13 is a powerful album that takes the listener on a journey of musical styles with thrash metal always remaining as the main focus. Suicidal Tendencies did a phenomenal job with this record. There is not a bad song on the album and it is near perfect. When it comes to voting for album of the year, 13 is definitely going to get heavy consideration.
Rating: Out of 10
- Shake It Out
- Smash It!
- This Ain’t A Celebration
- God Only Knows…Who I Am
- Make Your Stand
- Who’s Afraid?
- Show Some Love…Tear It Down
- Cyco Style
- Slam City
- Till My Last Breath
- Living The Fight
- Life…(Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It)
- This World
Suicidal Tendencies Is:
Mike Muir – Lead Vocals
Dean Pleasants – Lead Guitar
Mike Clark – Rhythm Guitar
Steve Bruner – Bass Guitar
Eric Moore – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
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