Archive for December, 2011

Bristol Reggae Explosion 3 – The 80s, part 2 (Bristol Archive Records), out 19th March 2012 ‏


The Bristol Reggae Explosion is back with a third volume. Whilst still happily exploring what was happening in the city during the 1980s, they have bent the rules and included a lone track from 1979. If anything, this third volume is the strongest yet, an amazing achievement when you consider that 11 of the 15 tracks are previously unreleased. The release comes as a 15 Track CD, 8 Track LP & Digital Download and will be released on 19th March 2012.

By popular demand, “Bristol Reggae Explosion Volume 3 – The 1980s Part 2” has a strong leaning towards the roots side of reggae. The album opens with Revelation Rockers “Jah Praises”, recorded in 1979 and taken from the album of the same name that sees its first release on Bristol Archive Records in March 2012 exclusively on vinyl, so it’s inclusion on Volume 3 will be it’s only CD issue.
Revelation Rockers soon changed their name to Talisman and as such they feature twice more with the unreleased (Cave mix) of “Takin’ The Strain” and “Lick & Run” taken from their debut album “Takin’ The Strain”, re-released on CD as a deluxe edition in March 2012.

Included on Volume 2 was Bunny Marrett’s only vinyl outing . He returns for Volume 3 with an incredibly soulful and atmospheric performance of “I’m Free.” An alternative version will be included on Bunny’s first album which Bristol Archive Records plan to release later in 2012, something we are really excited about.

Another act from whom a long overdue album is  intended for release is Joshua Moses. ‘Stick It Up’ is a live recording that gives you some idea just how good his shows were and is a taster from the album ‘Joshua to Jashwha- 30 Years In The Wilderness’.  Maintaining the roots vibe are Zion Band, most of whom would go on to form Restriction but not before putting out a six track EP and included on this new compilation is “Babylon Fire/Babylon Dub” from that scarce vinyl release.

Two more previously featured acts from Volume 2 are Alfred McIntosh, whose dubs were so well received last time, and Cool Runnings, with unreleased alternative versions of two songs taken from their forthcoming self-titled album on Bristol Archive Records.

Although very well known locally, Popsy Curious gets his introduction to the worldwide reggae community with his “Chant  Down Bobby Rome”. He makes a second contribution showing his lovers rock side, as one of the vocalists on Vibes’ “My Love”. The remaining artists Ron Green, Zapp Stereo, The Radicals and Dan Ratchet will be familiar to those who have our previous volumes. It is worth noting that Dan Ratchet is backed by members of Aswad for his take on the classic mid-eighties U.K. reggae sound. Bristol Archive Records are currently working on releasing Dan’s first album from which “Sweet Rosie” is taken as well as an album from the multi-talented Ron Green.

All in all, these 15 tracks provide a great overview of the diversity of ideas and styles that were bubbling away in 1980s Bristol. There has been a great response to the first two volumes and the label is hopeful that volume three will receive an equally positive welcome.

ARTIST: Various Artists

Bristol Reggae Explosion 3 – The 80’s Part 2

DATE: 19th March 2012

LABEL: Bristol
Archive Records

CD, Limited Edition Vinyl LP and Digital Download



Empires of Eden unleashes an epic Christmas special for 2011 – “We Three Kings”.

Empires of Eden release We Three Kings for Christmas.

Featuring the soaring vocals of Sean Peck (Cage), the arrangement of the classic Christmas anthem is taken into the epic realm of heavy metal.

All proceeds from Itunes will go to the charity “Metal For Cancer” to support cancer research. This is available for a strictly limited time.

Empires of Eden’s creator Stu Marshall comments: “This track came into being when I was hanging with Sean in California on a recent trip. It seemed a great way to honour a great song and at the same time offer something positive towards the fight for Cancer. The usual covers of Christmas carols are fairly comical and we wanted to take it the other way, much heavier and dramatic. Working with Sean on the last EOE cd was an incredible experience so it was natural for us to work on this”.

From singer Sean Peck: ” Cancer has affected all of our lives directly or indirectly and we would encourage all metal heads to take the time to give just a small donation towards defeating this killer.”

With the recent success of the release by CAGE – The Supremacy of Steel and the third Empires of Eden cd about to commence, this release is a must have for fans of metal music.

You can buy the song here:


ISOLATED ATOMS to release debut EP ‘Illuminate’ 12th March 2012

Fast Flying Electro Rock outfit ‘Isolated Atoms’ unveil their highly alluring debut EP ‘Illuminate’ through PPS and all digital stores on 12th March 2012.



Born in the Black Country, West Midlands, Isolated Atoms supremely merge the raw, psychedelic texturing of the Cult with the electronic guile of Joy Division and the broad appeal of U2. Pooling their influences, Isolated Atoms display a sound that is unquestionably enterprising, dextrous and poignant. The ascending quartet are quickly acquiring new fans and can count both Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) and Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order) as firm favourites and recent collaborators.

Continually moving forward and breaking boundaries with a willingness to evolve and progress, Isolated Atoms offer an inventive twist on inevitable comparisons with The Editors, White Lies and The Bravery. Where they differ is in their sheer bloody mindedness to take the ‘Electro rock’ art form in a completely different direction. A very mainstream route that bears comparisons to The Cult, U2 and the latter day, epic, movie soundtrack productions of Depeche Mode.

I dare you to listen to track 3 (‘Perception’), all four minutes sixteen seconds of it, and not imagine the credits running on a Twilight movie, such is the dark, epic, danceable bass lines of David Davies, expertly tracked by the unmistakeable voice of Grant Leon Ashman.

Having spread their wings across the Atlantic in June this year the band graced the front cover of LA Rock journal ‘All Access’ as well as attracting recognition playing numerous venues, including the legendary Whiskey a Go-Go on Sunset. The Brit-rockers now also plan to fully break the UK by releasing their stunning brand new debut EP ‘Illuminate’ which showcases four killers tracks, including the highly engaging ‘Gun In My Hand’ and a superb remix of their past single ‘Play’.

Illuminate’ is highly engaging, anthemic and innovative and may well signal the re emergence of mainstream electronic Rock with a capital R..



Always The Quiet Ones to release ‘Freak show’ EP 5th March February 2012

Ascending skewed-up rock crew ‘Always The Quiet Ones’ unveil their brand new EP ‘Freak Show’ on Monday 5th March 2012, through all digital stores.


Sounding like an early hybrid of Biffy Clyro dishing out dirty messed-up grooves and breeding with the spawn of Tool, Always The Quiet Ones are here to make their twisted mark on the UK scene, and these wired Liverpudlians have the perfect bait in the shape of their new record, suitably titled ‘Freak Show’, coming to treat your ears this spring.

Hailing from Liverpool and taking their moniker from graffiti showcased in the local dockyards, Always The Quiet Ones were born in the later part of 2010 by five sharp forward-thinking individuals: Blas Barragan Jr. (vocals), Joe Danher (guitar), Adam Lucas (guitar), Chris Nicholls (bass) and James Lorenzo (drums). The enterprising quintet soon embarked on a series of frenetic live shows supporting such artists as Deaf Havana, Mojo Fury, Axis Of and Turbogeist, and quickly began garnering strong praise and notoriety from fans and many sectors of the underground press for their own unique brand of off-kilter alt-rock.

Always The Quiet Ones pull from a span of notable influences ranging from the likes of A Perfect Circle, Deftones and Biffy Clyro, through to Oceansize; however the dynamic fivesome undoubtedly manage to stamp their very own indelible mark on proceedings.

The wirey upstarts are now armed with their exciting new EP ‘Freak Show’ and it swerves and pulls the listener right from the get-go. The record is rammed with skewed riffs, intriguing time-signatures and infectious melodies that will leave you pining for more. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the animated rock crew also plan to release a killer new double-A-single which is waiting in the wings for late April 2012.  It’s evident that Always The Quiet Ones are destined for great things. So, look out – Always The Quiet Ones have arrived.

“Its heavy, melodic and catchy, its something that Biffy Clyro used to do in their earlier albums, except these guys do it better. They rip up the rule book and have created something special” CIRCLEPIT.TV

When Giants Collide Debut EP To Be Released This February.


    When Giants Collide are  all geared up for the release of their debut record ‘No One Is Safe’ which manages to capture the band’s fierce intensity and brutal edge. The EP is available from 27th February 2012 and promises to make real waves throughout the scene.

    When Giants Collide are a highly dedicated quintet that create a sound, with ear-shattering riffs and pounding beats, that is both dominant and anthemic. The band ink forceful cuts, delivering their metal beatings with the true intent and unbridled passion that demands and deserves attention.

Bursting out of West Yorkshire, When Giants Collide were formed at the tail end of 2008, and from the get-go they wanted to create a sturdy sound that tied progressive leanings, rhythmic punch and undeniable groove; they have certainly achieved their goal. The Bradford Bruisers have pulled from many influences ranging from Meshuggah and Fear Factory, through to Sikth and Between the Buried and Me; however When Giants Collide take from their peers and add a fresh tilt and perspective. A swift change in personnel in 2010 greatly progressed the fivesome, and it was at this time that they quickly began to gel, beginning to play a host of shows throughout the region. The Northern scamps have since rounded up a number of impressive support slots with the likes of Viatrophy, This Is Colour, Silent Screams, Martyr Defiled, Texas in July, Panic Cell, and Sworn Amongst – to name a few.


RingMaster 01/12/2011