CONCERT REVIEW: FOZZY @DIESEL PITTSBURGH

WORDS AND PIX: ED THOMPSON

The anticipation of seeing FOZZY lead by WWE star Chris “Y2J” Jericho was met with both anticipation and reservation.  The anticipation was that I have always enjoyed Chris’ work both In and out of the ring since the 90’s.  He’s truly a great performer. The reservation was that all the YouTube video’s that are out there show Chris Jericho’s voice as being a little rough and not ready for a big tour like FOZZY was starting. I do have to say, I had no doubt that Jericho would be a great performer on the mic and would keep the audience at Diesel in the palm of his hand. I just wanted to and I was proved wrong about his voice. And boy, was I.

 

FOZZY lead by Jericho came out strong and never dropped the tempo a bit. FOZZY and Jericho ran though over 20 plus of their hits and kept the crowd wanting more all through their encore.

 

FOZZY came out with their opener “Judas” which appears to be their choice in every city. Jericho came out and again, kept the crowd in the palm of his hand all night long. They ran right through “Sin and Bones”, “Tonight” and “To Kill a Stranger” before Jericho took a break and thanked the crowd for coming out to the show. The crowd at Diesel was obviously happy to be there.  They kept Jericho from talking on the mic for almost 3 minutes with just constant cheering for Jericho and the band. Once the standing ovation was complete, Jericho thanked the crowd in Pittsburgh told them they were in for a great show. And he was right.

 

FOZZY led right into the heart of their set with “One Crazed Anarchist”, Inside My Head” and “Eat The Rich” (a Krokus cover).  Jericho’s voice was perfect tonight. Is was crisp and clear and strong from start to finish.  The supporting band members were all great musicians. None missed a beat. Actually, some added a beat here and there. The only thing that I notice is that Jericho was the prized diamond. He was the center if attention the entire concert. From start to finish, Jericho was in the limelight. I always like to see the limelight spread amongst the entire band. Frank Fontsere on the drums was great and deserved some of the spotlight. He was beat for beat all night long. Richie Ward on lead guitar was incredible. He definitely supported the rest of FOZZY and kept Jericho going all night long. Paul Di Leo on the bass was also great and kept the beat thumping all night long. His bass solo made some jaw drops in the crowd from what I saw. I know mine did. All in all, the combination of these guys added up to be a great lineup. The one I think that will make some noise across the music scene this summer.

 

The rest of the night included some strong songs which did showcase each and every member a little bit but mostly Jericho’s talents on the mic. “Sandpaper”, “With The Fire”, “God Pounds His Nails” and “Spider In The Mouth” led into the second half of the setlist and remained strong. Jericho’s voice never broke. It remained top notch all night long. ABBA’s “S.O.S” ran into the end of the set list. Accompanied by “Do You Want To Start A War”, “Lights Go Out”, “Bad Tattoo” end the night and led into the encore “Enemy” which was an incredible song to end the night. Without a doubt, it left the Pittsburgh wanting more and already wishing for a future tour date in the city.

 

All in all, it was a great show. No doubt it was meant to showcase Jericho and his voice to put him out on the music as a prominent “front man”. Which in my opinion he did tonight. Chris had the qualities of a David Lead Roth and great and strong vocals to go with it. Will it continue, is purely up to Chris. I personally would have loved to see each member showcased a little more during the set list. I personally am looking forward to the next FOZZY show here in Pittsburgh.

All photos © 2017 HyperExposure Photography

 

HAMMERCULT to Release Anthems of the Damned July 16th

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HAMMERCULT, Israel’s explosive Neo-Thrash Export and Wacken’s Metal Battle Winner in 2011, will appear for a second tour in Europe this Spring with SEPULTURA.

Following the tour on July 16th in North America, fans will be treated with a limited edition CD red vinyl of edition of their debut “Anthems of Damned”. The SPV distributed SONIC ATTACK RECORDS-release will come with new cover artwork and will have three new songs.

The dates are as follows:

05.05. Tilburg – Neurotic Death Fest (Netherlands)

07.05. Poitiers – Confort Moderne (France)

08.05. Le Harve – Magic Mirror (France) with Sepultura

09.05. Utrecht – Tivoli (Netherlands) with Sepultura

10.05. Den Haag – Paard (Netherlands) with Sepultura

11.05. Essen – Turock (Germany) with Sepultura

12.05. Berlin – SO36 (Germany) with Sepultura

14.05. Nürnberg – Rockfabrik (Germany) with Sepultura

15.05. Mühltal/Darmstadt – Steinbruch Theater (Germany) with Sepultura

16.05. Lindau – Club Vaudeville (Germany) with Sepultura

17.05. Aarau – Kiff (Switzerland) – with Sepultura

18.05. Eichstätt – Open Air am Berg (Germany) with Sepultura

14.08. Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival (Germany)

 

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www.hammercult.com

www.sonicattackrecords.com

www.spv.de

ORPHANED LAND reveals new album artwork and track-listing for ‘All Is One’

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Israel’s very own ORPHANED LAND will release their long awaited new album, All Is One, on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. Today the band has revealed the incredible cover artwork for their 6th full-length, which was created by the French artist Metastazis (PARADISE LOST, AS I LAY DYING, SONNE ADAM, WATAIN, etc.) by perfectly incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art. See below for All Is One‘s track-listing:

All Is One track-listing:

1. All Is One

2. The Simple Man

3. Brother

4. Let The Truce Be Known

5. Through Fire And Water

6. Fail

7. Freedom

8. Shama’im

9. Ya Benaye

10. Our Own Messiah

11. Children

From September to November, ORPHANED LAND will play stages all over Europe in support of All Is One— but before heading out on this headlining tour, ORPHANED LAND will play a few festivals and shows in South America and Europe. See below for all upcoming tour dates.

ORPHANED LAND live 2013:

5.29 – Teatro Odisseia –  Rio de Janeiro / Br

5.30 – Hangar 110 –  Sao Paulo / Br

6.1 – Roca ‘n’ Roll festival – Varginha / Br

6.7 – C.C.Niza – Lima / Per

6.8 – Teatro Alianza Francesa – Medellin / Co

6.9 – TBA – Bogota / Co

8.9 – Brutal Assault Festival / Cze

8.10 – Artmania Festival – Sibu / Ro

8.16 – Summer Breeze Festival – / Ger

ORPHANED LAND – All Is One European tour 2013

9.20 – Colmar – Le Grillen / Fr

9.21 – Lille – Le Splendid / Fr

9.22 – Tongeren – Sodom Klub / Be

9.24 – Aschaffenburg – Colossal / Ger

9.25 – B – Matrix / Ger

9.26 – Hamburg – Rock N Roll Warehouse / Ger

9.27 – Kobenhavn  – Amager Bio Uniting The Powers Of Metal / Dk

9.28 – Gera – Sachsischer Bahnof / Ger

9.29 – Nuernberg – Hirsch / Ger

10.1 – Praha – Exit us / Cz

10.2 – Warsaw – Proxima club / Pl

10.3 – Krakow – Lizard King club / Pl

10.4 – Budapest – Club 202 / Hg

10.5 – Vienna – Reigen Club / At

10.6 – Bratislava – Randal Club / Sk

10.11 – Sofia – Mix Tape 5 / Bg

10.12 – Tessaloniki – Eight Ball Club / Gr

10.13 – Athen – Kyttaro Live / Gr

10.15 – Ankara – Jolly Joker Balans / Tk

10.16 – Istanbul  – Kucukciftkik Park / Tk

10.18 – Belgrad – Dom Omladine / Srb

10.19 – Zagreb – TBA / Ct

10.20 – Maribor – Mc Pekarna Klub / Slov

10.23 – Milan – Rock N Roll Arena / It

10.24 – Prateln – Z7 / Ch

10.26 – Lyon – o Totem Rillieux Mjc / Fr

10.27 – Toulon – Le Vox / Fr

10.28 – Toulouse – Connexion Live / Fr

10.29 – Bilbao – Rock Star / Sp

10.31 – Porto – Hard Club / Pt

11.1 – Lisbon – Music Box / Pt

11.2 – Madrid – Ramdall  / Sp

11.3 – Barcelona – Apolo 2 / Sp

11.4 – Montpellier – L’antirouille / Fr

11.6 – Nantes – Le Ferrailleur  / Fr

11.7 – Paris – Divan Du Monde / Fr

11.8 – Zoetermeer – Boerderij / Nl

11.9 – Apeldoorn – Gigant / Nl

 

ORPHANED LAND online:

http://www.orphaned-land.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orphaned-Land/8776213035

http://www.youtube.com/user/OrphanedLandTV

http://www.orphaned-disciples.org

http://www.myspace.com/orphanedmyspace

 

ORPHANED LAND announces new album set for a June release

Israel’s very own ORPHANED LAND is in the final stages of recording their long awaited 6th full length album. The name of the new album will be All Is One, and it will see the light of day on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records.

Vocalist Kobi Farhi comments about the new album and the progressive evolution of the band’s music since their last full length, The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR:

“I’ll say it plain and simple – ‘All Is One’ is ORPHANED LAND’s best album so far, I feel that we took all aspects to a new level – the way we write, arrange, play and produce. We recorded the album in 3 countries (Turkey, Sweden & Israel) and it turned out so strong, we can’t stop listening to it. The album is very rich with more than 40 people participating (singer choirs, many violins, and many traditional instruments too). Our secret in the band was always the fact that unlike many other bands, ORPHANED LAND doesn’t follow ONE master mind that writes everything, we work in a way that All Is One. We create our music in a perfect blend of synergy and harmony and all the band members are a part of this process, we translate the album’s title and message exactly in the way we work, and we always hope we could give a bit of an inspiration to the people in the tragic Middle Eastern lands. We have fans all over the Middle East, we live in a place where huge amounts of people who consider themselves to be enemies still share one thing in common, they are all fans of ORPHANED LAND, and in these lands of orphans and bloody holy wars our only weapon is music, and hopefully we will grow to understand that All Is One.” 

ORPHANED LAND live 2013:

April 13–PPM Festival, LOTTO MONS EXPO (Belgium)

May 29–Teatro Odisseia / Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

May 30–Hangar 110 / Sao Paulo (Brazil)

June 1–Roca ‘n’ Roll festival / Varginha (Brazil)

June 7–C.C.Niza / Lima (Peru)

June 8–Teatro Alianza Francesa / Medellin (Colombia)

June 9–TBA / Bogota (Colombia)

Aug. 9–Brutal Assault Festival (Czech Rep.)

Aug. 10–Artmania Festival / Sibu (Romania)

Aug. 16–Summer Breeze Festival / (Germany)

 

ORPHANED LAND online:

http://www.orphaned-land.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orphaned-Land/8776213035

http://www.youtube.com/user/OrphanedLandTV

http://www.orphaned-disciples.org

http://www.myspace.com/orphanedmyspace