Praying Mantis, Weapon, Stampede, Gaskin
plus special guests Agincourt
Praying Mantis, Weapon, Stampede, Gaskin plus special guests Agincourt will rock this year’s inaugural Denim & Leather NWOBHM Festival at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms on Saturday September 29th. And as if that wasn’t enough, the night will be compered by the legendary Krusher Joule.
Gigblasters and Rock Rotation Radio are proud to bring a night of New Wave of British Heavy Metal back to the country where it all started. Featuring a host of “originals”, it is going to be a night of entertainment that hasn’t been seen on these shores for a long time. Heavy Metal music at its best , back where it started. New Wave of British Heavy Metal launched a plethora of bands, bands today still influenced by the movement. Is it any wonder so many of the original bands are still going?
All four of the NWOBHM bands on this bill were and are some of the prime movers and the support Agincourt has a very NWOBHM sound, testimony to their influences.
There will be a meet and greet with all the bands, as well as a load of authentic NWOBHM merchandise on sale.
Doors open at 4pm and tickets are priced at £15 adv / £17.50 on the door
Earlybird ticket special – £14 until July 29.
Ticket link: http://www.nwobhmgigs.co.uk/buytickets.html
Full details at www.nwobhmgigs.co.uk
British melodic hard rockers STAMPEDE have announced that they are going back to basics as a four piece lineup with a special headline appearance at a Hard Rock Big Noise Transmission – a charity event in Wolverhampton on 30th March.
The band’s line up henceforth will consist of original songwriting duo Reuben Archer (vocals) and Laurence Archer (guitar) and original bassist Colin Bond. New drummer Tim Price, who has previously drummed for Gary Moore, Dr Feelgood, Eddie Martin amongst others, will complete the ensemble. They are due to unveil the new formation at their first show of 2012 – where they will be headlining an official launch night event at Wolverhampton’s new Numa Bar Jagged Rock Lounge venue, from which proceeds will go to The Compton Hospice, a local charity which supports patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Stampede had a busy 2011 releasing A Sudden Impulse, their first studio album since 1983’s cult classic Hurricane Town, and completing a UK tour with Y&T, dates with Anvil and Praying Mantis as well as an appearance at Hard Rock Hell V, with a slightly amended lineup which saw the arrival of second guitarist Chris Clowsley and Stevie Graystone on drums replacing original stickman Eddie Parsons.
Reuben comments: “We had a fantastic year and a lot of fun recording A Sudden Impulse despite some logistical hiccups for Laurence along the way. Regardless we were all so pleased with the finished result and the fantastic response to both the album and our live shows.
“However the original members of the band feel strongly that the next album should be recorded as near to the original line up as possible to really capture the essence of the Stampede sound. The desire is now to get back to our roots, and with Tim we have found the link to make it work in the absence of Eddie. We are very excited about it all and can’t wait to showcase Tim in Wolverhampton on 30th March, where we are delighted to have been asked to play for such a worthy cause!”
HARD ROCK BIG NOISE TRANSMISSION in support of The Compton Hospice:
STAMPEDE + special guests Disarmed Goliath & God Damn
VENUE: Numa Bar Jagged Rock Lounge, 7 North Street, Wolverhampton
DATE: FRIDAY 30TH MARCH
TIME: 7PM (DOORS)
TICKETS: £5 available here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/154171
UK hard rockers STAMPEDE are giving away a free download of newly recorded studio track ‘Shadows of The Night’ on Facebook.
Stampede have recently been in the studio recording a special remake of SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT, a track which was an old favourite and always a mainstay of their live set. The track is now available to download for free exclusively from the band’s official Facebook page, and will be available for a limited time only.
The band announce news of the free download just as they kick off a series of live dates with US rockers Y&T, in support of their new album ‘A Sudden Impulse’, released in May this year on Rock Candy Records.
Although originally recorded live, both for a BBC In Concert session and at Reading Rock Festival in 1982 for the live Official Bootleg album, up until now Stampede had never recorded a studio version of the song.
“We wanted to do something to say a big thank you to our fans and to all the people that have supported us this year with the release of our new album ‘A Sudden Impulse’”, states vocalist Reuben Archer. “Shadows of the Night has always been a real favourite of ours so we thought it would be great to do a studio version to give to our fans”
Download ‘Shadows of the Night’ now for free here:
Cult NWOBHM legends STAMPEDE have announced that they are to support Californian rockers Y&T this autumn on the UK leg of their ‘On With the Show’ tour, as part of their 2011 schedule.
The announcement comes after what has already been a busy comeback year for the British hard rockers whose lineup still boasts original songwriting duo Reuben and Laurence Archer and bassist Colin Bond. The band will be touring in support of their new studio album ‘A Sudden Impulse’ which was released in May on Rock Candy Records to critical acclaim, having already played a successful comeback show at The Peel in Kingston and supported legendary metallers Anvil in London earlier this summer.
Stampede are set to kick off their tour in Newcastle on 30th September, and have confirmed they will play 5 dates across the UK with Y&T before finishing with an appearance at the Hard Rock Hell IV Festival in Prestatyn, Wales.
They are also in the process of writing new material for another new studio album scheduled for 2012.
Tour dates are as follows:
- September 30 – o2 Academy, Newcastle (w/ Y&T)
- October 2 – Academy 3, Manchester (w/Y&T)
- October 11 – The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (w/ Y&T)
- October 12 – The Brook, Southampton (w/ Y&T)
- October 14 – The Garage, London (w/Y&T)
- December 3 – Hard Rock Hell V, Prestatyn, Wales
Newly reformed British melodic rockers STAMPEDE are set to unveil their new single “Having Fun” on April 11th.
The track comes from the forthcoming studio album ‘A Sudden Impulse’, which consequently has a revised release date of May 9th 2011.
“Having Fun”, which will be available in digital format only, will be the band’s first single in twenty-eight years. It follows previous singles “The Other Side” (1983) from the studio album Hurricane Town, and “Days of Wine And Roses” (1982), which were released by Polydor Records and received considerable airplay on BBC Radio, Capital Radio and across Europe and Japan.
Stampede are also pleased to announce the first of three promo videos to give fans a taster of their new material. The videos feature guitarist Rob Wolverson, and were recorded during part of the schedule when Laurence Archer became unavailable due to personal commitments.
Watch the first video, “Shame On You” here:
Look out for the official video for ‘Having Fun’, coming soon.
“Having Fun” will be available to download from iTunes and other digital outlets from April 11th.
A Sudden Impulse is released on May 9th on Grind That Axe / Rock Candy Records.
For more information and to hear a preview of the single, visit:
Newly reformed NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) heroes STAMPEDE have announced details of the release of their new album ‘A Sudden Impulse’ – the long awaited follow up to their classic 1983 debut studio album ‘Hurricane Town.’
Finding a happy and welcoming new home with Rock Candy Record’s spin-off front line label Grind That Axe Records, the band are finally excited to be able to reveal full track listing and artwork for the new album, which is due for release on April 18. Lead singer Reuben Archer comments “Personally I am really excited about the new album and our association with Rock Candy. It’s great to feel part of something that’s happening and more than anything we can’t wait to get out there and play live!”
One of the most respected hard rock acts during the early eighties, the band signed to Polydor Records and released two albums of impressive melodic rock to both critical and commercial acclaim, being compared to earthy British bands such as UFO and Humble Pie.
Following regenerated interest brought about by Rock Candy Records’ reissue of ‘Hurricane Town’ in 2006, song writing partnership Reuben and Laurence Archer decided to reform the band in 2009. Together with original bassist Colin Bond, new drummer Steve Graystone and the addition of a second guitarist in the form of Chris Clowsley, the band have crafted a worthy, if not superlative, long lost follow-up to their studio debut in the opinion of label manager Derek Oliver, who describes the new material as “lean, mean tough-guy hard rock with all the soulful delivery of classic British steel led by Reuben’s instantly identifiable vocal and Laurence’s blistering plank spanking burn outs.”
Reuben strongly believes that welcoming additional elements to Stampede have only served to strengthen the band, making the new material on A Sudden Impulse their most enjoyablestudio experience yet. For example, twenty‐year‐old guitarist Rob Wolverson was invited toadd his unique flair to the recordings as a result of Laurence being indisposed for a period because of personal commitments. Explains Reuben: “We could have had several existing name players fill in during this time, but I’d known Rob for years and watched him grow into a real guitar whizz‐kid. He’s also a great writer and brought a lot of vibrancy to the project. I just knew he was right for the job.”
Commenting on the end result, Reuben adds: “We have a harder sound now, the melodic
hooks are there and I think we have a lot more edge than the first time around – especially due to our new powerhouse drummer Stevie G, and also Chris, whose strong rhythm guitar, vocal and guitar harmonies contribute enormously to the new sound. It has all resulted in making the reincarnation of Stampede an even more exciting project for us.“
‘A Sudden Impulse’ is released on Rock Candy Records, April 18th 2011
Live dates scheduled for Spring 2011 TBA.
Full track listing of the album is as follows:
A Sudden Impulse (2011)
1) Send Me Down An Angel
3) Having Fun
4) Make A Change
5) Hard Rock Hell
6) This Road
7) Homeward Bound
8) Shame On You
9) Natural Disaster
10) Humble Pie
11) Flaming Gold
13) Flaming Gold (Acoustic)
Find out more about the newly reformed Stampede and get a sneak preview of track samples at:
I have to admit that I have had mixed feelings about the band Hellyeah prior to their releasing Stampede. The last album just didn’t do it for me, and I expected a lot more from Vinnie Paul & company. On Stampede, Hellyeah, sounds more like a complete band than on their debut. To my ears, everything has improved with album two. The song writing is better, the music is better, Chad Gray’s vocals are even better. As a result, Stampede is a better album! With that being said, even though Stampede is better than its predecessor, it still is not without it some issues. There are a few songs that I would consider filler, and although Gray’s vocals are better, his voice is still an acquired taste.
“Cowboy Way”, and “Hell of A Time” are pretty cool tunes. I even hear a little bit of that Pantera-like groove that I love so much.
The song “Better Man” took me by surprise. It is completely different from the first four songs on Stampede. This is a balladesque tune that was written by Chad Gray. It kind of sounds like a heavy Skynyrd tune. Hellyeah could actually have a big hit on their hands with this.
With “Polerider”, Hellyeah have created a brand new anthem that will likely take all of the strip clubs by storm. This is a pretty catchy tune!
The first time I heard “Stand or Walk Away”, I had to check the credits on the album. Chad Gray sound an awful lot like Fozzy’s Chris Jericho on this track. This is a mid tempo number that isn’t quite as heavy as some of the tracks on Stampede. It is a very good tune that is going to get a lot of airplay.
Overall, with Stampede, I see Hellyeah growing as a band. This album definitely has a lot more good material than bad. This album proves to me that this metal super group has the potential to excel past all of their previous bands, and truly make an impact on the metal scene. Stampede won’t be the album to do it, but it will certainly make a lot of folks take notice of Hellyeah for the first time.
If you are a fan of Pantera, Damageplan, Nothingface or Mudvayne, you gotta give this album a chance. You will definitely find some cool tunes to rock to!
For a free download of the song “Cowboy Way”, please visit the Hellyeah website!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Cowboy Way
2. The Debt That All Men Pay
3. Hell of a Time
5. Better Man
6. It’s On!
7. Pole Rider
8. Cold as a Stone
9. Stand or Walk Away
10. Alive and Well
11. Order the Sun
Hell Yeah is:
Chad Gray – Vocals
Greg Tribbett – Guitars
Tom Maxwell – Guitars
Bob Zilla – Bass
Vinnie Paul Abbott – Drums
Chad & Vinnie from HELLYEAH visited Fox News to talk about their new album, Stampede. Check out the video at this link.
The band is putting the final touches on their new release – STAMPEDE, coming out July 13th. Once finished, they will hit the road for a worldwide tour throughout the summer. Tour dates here.
STAMPEDE, the follow up to the bands 2007 self-titled debut is being recorded, produced and mixed by Vinnie Paul and Sterling Winfield. “I couldn’t wait to write this record. I can’t wait for our fans to hear it and I definitely can’t wait to hit the fucking stage and play it! Stampede represents every emotion that you’ve ever had and everything that screams HELLYEAH! There’s no smoke and mirrors with what we are. What you see is what you get. And what your get is Five guys bringin’ it, a head full of music, bleeding ears and most likely….Drunk!” says Chad.
Check out Vinnie and Sterling’s report from the studio and hear a snippet of a brand new song on the HELLYEAH homepage.
HELLYEAH will debut the first track from STAMPEDE to fans on April 21st. Check back here for further details closer to that date and make sure you sign up for the HELLYEAH mailing list and website here to get the news first.