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  • Karma To Burn / Sons Of Morpheus - Birmingham, The Rainbow Cellar - 20th March 2016
    see main tour support Sons Of Morpheus set up A quick admission lover of stoner rock though I am I find it difficult to get a lot of Euro stoner Perhaps too in synch with the American Palm Desert scene or otherwise too out of the loop to get the whole thing it seems to me that a lot of bands that get lumped into the stoner tag seem to be little more than Sounds of The 70s nostalgia acts and a lot of what gets offered up as cream of the genre is very derivative in one way or another That being said before I attended this show I hadn t heard Sons Of Morpheus before Good god damn can these boys play and their sound a mixture of blues psychedelia and good ol fashioned rock n roll is enough to blow my head clean off and have me eating my words with some gusto Though the band play in some pretty established fields they do it their own way mixing excellent instrumentals like the mammoth Psilocybin with blues rock slices like Pay For Me to make up a set which ticks every box kicks every ass and basically runs rings around everyone else in the whole stoner genre So brilliant is this Swedish stoner act that I am literally flinging money at the merch desk after their set to grab a hold of their self titled debut from 2014 and can quite honestly say that even among the likes of Orange Goblin and Monster Magnet the Sons are the best band I had seen all weekend up until that point A three piece with riffs and groove to spare Sons Of Morpheus are most definitely a band worth keeping an eye on turning their three headed assault on the ears into something much bigger than the sum of all its parts As I ve mentioned a couple of times already this show was right on the back of the much bigger Kentish Town gig by Monster Magnet so it s inevitable that a few mental comparisons would jump to mind What was less apparent though I m sure it could be argued that I should have known all along is that where Karma To Burn lack size in tonight s gig they make it all up in pure unadulterated rock n roll brilliance The Rainbow Cellar is an excellent venue with a great albeit slightly grubby authentic feel to it and the acoustics far outmatch those of the Forum where it took a set and a half before the sound quality could hit a level that could be considered do able Here both bands sound on top form every note and groove striking with crystal clarity utterly essential when considering that for Karma To Burn everything is about the riff And riff Karma To Burn most certainly do Closer to the movements of an orchestra than to the standard format of a rock gig Opener new one the

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17404-karma-to-burn-sons-of-morpheus-birmingham-the-rainbow-cellar-20th-march-2016.html (2016-04-24)
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  • Karma To Burn / Sons Of Morpheus - Birmingham, The Rainbow Cellar - 20th March 2016
    of The 70s nostalgia acts and a lot of what gets offered up as cream of the genre is very derivative in one way or another That being said before I attended this show I hadn t heard Sons Of Morpheus before Good god damn can these boys play and their sound a mixture of blues psychedelia and good ol fashioned rock n roll is enough to blow my head clean off and have me eating my words with some gusto Though the band play in some pretty established fields they do it their own way mixing excellent instrumentals like the mammoth Psilocybin with blues rock slices like Pay For Me to make up a set which ticks every box kicks every ass and basically runs rings around everyone else in the whole stoner genre So brilliant is this Swedish stoner act that I am literally flinging money at the merch desk after their set to grab a hold of their self titled debut from 2014 and can quite honestly say that even among the likes of Orange Goblin and Monster Magnet the Sons are the best band I had seen all weekend up until that point A three piece with riffs and groove to spare Sons Of Morpheus are most definitely a band worth keeping an eye on turning their three headed assault on the ears into something much bigger than the sum of all its parts As I ve mentioned a couple of times already this show was right on the back of the much bigger Kentish Town gig by Monster Magnet so it s inevitable that a few mental comparisons would jump to mind What was less apparent though I m sure it could be argued that I should have known all along is that where Karma To Burn lack size in tonight s gig they make it all up in pure unadulterated rock n roll brilliance The Rainbow Cellar is an excellent venue with a great albeit slightly grubby authentic feel to it and the acoustics far outmatch those of the Forum where it took a set and a half before the sound quality could hit a level that could be considered do able Here both bands sound on top form every note and groove striking with crystal clarity utterly essential when considering that for Karma To Burn everything is about the riff And riff Karma To Burn most certainly do Closer to the movements of an orchestra than to the standard format of a rock gig Opener new one the big hit ballad follow up rinse and repeat the band kick tonight off with Twenty Eight and what a belter it is Unsurprisingly Karma To Burn are a band of very few words and between songs chatter is kept to an absolute minimum by the gents onstage with the pauses between songs instead acting as a sounding board for hecklers to shout out some praise for the band that we re all here to see

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17404-karma-to-burn-sons-of-morpheus-birmingham-the-rainbow-cellar-20th-march-2016.html?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-04-24)
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  • Prong / Steak Number Eight - London, Camden Underworld - 26th March 2016
    Eight London Camden Underworld 26th March 2016 Written by Jim Rowland Saturday 09 April 2016 03 00 Tweet Belgian sludge merchants Steak Number Eight are currently promoting album number four Kosmokoma and I ve got to say I haven t seen a band give a set so much power passion and commitment as this lot did tonight Their set is intense and as is often the case at this venue earsplittingly loud This band are one of those bands that given a decent sound system will make your chest vibrate and indeed that s the case tonight with Steak Number Eight and I wasn t even near the front There s an abundance of bald heads and grey hair in the audience tonight which serves as a timely reminder that Prong are celebrating their 30 th anniversary this year which is a great achievement Frontman Tommy Victor seems to have weathered well over those thirty years and this tour as well as marking that 30 th anniversary is to promote the latest album X No Absolutes Tonight s opener Ultimate Authority along with Cut And Dry and Sense Of Ease show that thirty years down the line Prong are still more than capable of producing new material with total fire passion heaviness and in the case of Sense Of Ease pure full throttle speed The Underworld runs a club for the indie kids on a Saturday night which means the gigs are early and sometimes a little shorter As a consequence Prong hit the stage at just after 8 30 tonight and are all wrapped up a little after 9 30 It s not ideal but gives the band just enough time to toddle over to the merch stall after the show to sign a few albums before the Underworld

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17365-prong-steak-number-eight-london-camden-underworld-26th-march-2016.html (2016-04-24)
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  • Prong / Steak Number Eight - London, Camden Underworld - 26th March 2016
    timely reminder that Prong are celebrating their 30 th anniversary this year which is a great achievement Frontman Tommy Victor seems to have weathered well over those thirty years and this tour as well as marking that 30 th anniversary is to promote the latest album X No Absolutes Tonight s opener Ultimate Authority along with Cut And Dry and Sense Of Ease show that thirty years down the line Prong are still more than capable of producing new material with total fire passion heaviness and in the case of Sense Of Ease pure full throttle speed The Underworld runs a club for the indie kids on a Saturday night which means the gigs are early and sometimes a little shorter As a consequence Prong hit the stage at just after 8 30 tonight and are all wrapped up a little after 9 30 It s not ideal but gives the band just enough time to toddle over to the merch stall after the show to sign a few albums before the Underworld s bouncers remove the audience Prong still manage to cram a lot into the hour or so they do have tonight and aside from the new material

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17365-prong-steak-number-eight-london-camden-underworld-26th-march-2016.html?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-04-24)
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  • HRH PROG 4 - Pwllheli, Hafan-y-Mor Holiday Park - 17th-20th March
    his captivating song introductions and well placed political remarks hang on there s a theme developing here reminding us that in whatever form it takes rock music can often be the music of rage and protest My intention is to chill while the next scheduled band Curved Air are performing However as I sit sipping on my pint and watching the band changeover I have to do a double take as some faces I recognise appear But it s only when keyboardist Sam Robinson walks on stage that my brain accepts what my eyes are telling me Curved Air have been replaced on the bill by young upstarts Purson For me this is a dream addition and from an unannounced and standing start Purson waste no time in turning heads opening ears and making an impression They produce a stunning performance a young kick ass band playing 60s and 70s influenced psychedelic rock with energy verve and considerable style They rock hard They rock loud And in singer guitarist songwriter Rosalie Cunningham they have a quite astonishing talent a front woman who leads the band with class confidence and authority as both voice and lead work dazzle She exudes star quality which isn t to do down the rest of the band at all The rhythm section of Raphael Mura and Justin Smith is outstanding Sam Robinson s keyboard embellishments and ear catching solos are superb and George Hudson s rhythm and lead support are essential to the full on Purson sound If you don t know this band yet check out them out via previous album The Circle and the Blue Door or about to be released and soon to be Uber reviewed new album Desire s Magic Theatre Headline act Caravan follow and deliver a cool and chilled set Pye Hastings is the only original member though the current line up also features Geoffrey Richardson and Jan Schelhaas whose stints with the band date back to the 1970s and bassist Jim Leverton who has already put in a 20 shift They produce a set of exemplary performances including the ambitious Nine Feet Underground from the classic In The Land Of Pink And Grey and the Neil the Hippy covered single Golf Girl The arena is heaving by now and the audience appreciative The evening is brought to a close by fellow Canterbury Scene stalwarts Soft Machine whose jazz infused noddling is manna to some but not to everyone s taste Some of the headliners audience is lost to the night but Soft Machine do what they do well and those who stayed will have stumbled back to flats and chalets feeling happy SATURDAY Day Three Saturday and the lure of the coastal path means I miss the first two bands Empty Yard Experiment who I was looking forward to seeing and Schnauser who I still don t know Sorry guys blame the Siren s who swim off the shore of Ynys Enlli I m all present and correct

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17353-hrh-prog-4-pwllheli-hafan-y-mor-holiday-park-17th-20th-march.html?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-04-24)
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  • Chris Cornell - Reykjavik, Harpa-Eldborg - 23rd March 2016
    Reykjavik harbour like a looming futuristic ice berg It s a stop off that Cornell assures us he had to kick and scream to be added to the itinerary I m guessing that stopping half way to Europe for one isolated show just isn t seen as a natural profitable move for his people Lucky for us though the 90s grunge heart throb looking spectacularly good even by his own high standards it has to be said still retains the romanticism to want to play certain places no matter what the accountants may tell him It seems the very grown up audience gathering in the theatre lobby enjoying a rather expensive pre show Icelandic beer have also come dressed to impress noticeably so and also it would seem they have zero interest in artist merchandise to the point that nothing not a solitary CC plectrum or love heart key ring was available for purchase maybe there s a link to Cornell s management s apparent reticence with him appearing in Europe s most northerly capital city who knows Taking to the stage at 8 30 prompt Cornell seems instantly in fine fettle as he takes a few seconds to shake the hand of every member of the theatre s front row before settling down for an opening salvo of tracks from the new album Higher Truth namely As Hope and Promise Fade and Before We Disappear alongside Euphoria Morning favourite Can t Change Me The feeling is of gentle fun Cornell wittily entertains between songs making for a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and a re wording of the Bob Dylan classic The Times They are a Changing sees him up from his stool perch to prowl the front of the stage The laid back vibe continues with fitting introductions for his solitary accomplice Brian who adds backing most notably a brooding cello that fattens out Fell on Black Days to where it really needs to be when it s done acoustically and also to Martin a guitar tech from the days of Soundgarden now reunited with his former boss for the first time in almost two decades The classics keep on coming there s Wooden Jesus Call Me a Dog and Hunger Strike from Temple of the Dog then Doesn t Remind Me of Anything from the Audioslave days Anecdotes are ramped up with the tale of being asked to do the James Bond theme You Know My Name apparently this Seattle ite is nary a fan of the old school Bond movies but was suitably impressed by then new guy Daniel Craig s bad ass ness after seeing him in the movie Layer Cake Tales of a new covers album in the works are relayed via a visitation of Sinead O Conner s or Prince s have it how you like Nothing Compares to You There s Zeppelin s Thank You Lennon s Imagine and even get this a cover of Johnny Cash s cover of Soundgarden s Rusty

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17286-chris-cornell-reykjavik-harpa-eldborg-23rd-march-2016.html (2016-04-24)
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  • Chris Cornell - Reykjavik, Harpa-Eldborg - 23rd March 2016
    8 30 prompt Cornell seems instantly in fine fettle as he takes a few seconds to shake the hand of every member of the theatre s front row before settling down for an opening salvo of tracks from the new album Higher Truth namely As Hope and Promise Fade and Before We Disappear alongside Euphoria Morning favourite Can t Change Me The feeling is of gentle fun Cornell wittily entertains between songs making for a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and a re wording of the Bob Dylan classic The Times They are a Changing sees him up from his stool perch to prowl the front of the stage The laid back vibe continues with fitting introductions for his solitary accomplice Brian who adds backing most notably a brooding cello that fattens out Fell on Black Days to where it really needs to be when it s done acoustically and also to Martin a guitar tech from the days of Soundgarden now reunited with his former boss for the first time in almost two decades The classics keep on coming there s Wooden Jesus Call Me a Dog and Hunger Strike from Temple of the Dog then Doesn t Remind Me of Anything from the Audioslave days Anecdotes are ramped up with the tale of being asked to do the James Bond theme You Know My Name apparently this Seattle ite is nary a fan of the old school Bond movies but was suitably impressed by then new guy Daniel Craig s bad ass ness after seeing him in the movie Layer Cake Tales of a new covers album in the works are relayed via a visitation of Sinead O Conner s or Prince s have it how you like Nothing Compares to You There s Zeppelin s Thank You Lennon

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17286-chris-cornell-reykjavik-harpa-eldborg-23rd-march-2016.html?tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page= (2016-04-24)
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  • Monster Magnet / Orange Goblin - London, O2 Forum, Kentish Town - 19th March 2016
    tonight s set that took me right back to the beginning for me and Monster Magnet Five songs in they performed Twin Earth a single I had bought in an ex chart bargain bucket back in 1993 not that it charted in the first place It was the start of a love for that band that remains to this day At the time I remember thinking it was pretty cool and different to find a new band that sounded a bit like Black Sabbath and Hawkwind when at the time those bands were pretty uncool How times have changed The album that single came from was the rather fine Superjudge the first of four the band would record for the A M label It s those four albums the others being Dopes To Infinity Powertrip and God Says No that this tour with this being the only UK date is based on The venue is packed tonight it s not a sell out but must be pretty close and the crowd have been heartily warmed up by Brit greasers Orange Goblin After 20 years together Orange Goblin seem to move from strength to strength and are fast becoming a bona fide British institution Singer Ben Ward may not by his own admission be the best singer out there but as a towering frontman who can whip a crowd up there s not many better The crowd remain whipped up right from the start of Monster Magnet s set as the opening salvo of Crop Circle and especially Powertrip get huge singalongs Although all four of the A M albums are represented during the course of the set it s Powertrip and Superjudge that provide the bulk with Superjudge nuggets like the title track Twin Earth Face Down Cage Around The

    Original URL path: http://www.uberrock.co.uk/gig-reviews/7-march-gigs/17313-monster-magnet-orange-goblin-london-o2-forum-kentish-town-19th-march-2016.html (2016-04-24)
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