Watch “The Last Bucket Drumming of 2018” on YouTube


Review – State Of Ember – Broken Horizons EP

State of Ember are a rock band which formed in 2016. Members Chris Tamburro, Mike Landreth and Chelsea McCammon have various influences between them spanning hard rock, punk and prog metal. The band released their debut E.P ‘Clouded Views’ in September 2017 and have had multiple tracks featured on BBC Introducing from this, as well as being Spotlight artist for a week on the ReverbNation homepage earlier in the year.

More recently, the band have been informed their track ‘Denial’ is set to feature on video game ‘Wreckfest’ – which is scheduled to be released onto Xbox One and PS4 during 2019. The game is being developed by Bugbear Entertainment, creators of the FlatOut series; it will be distributed by THQ Nordic worldwide!

State of Ember supported American rock band Saving Abel in Birmingham at the start of September 2018, as part of their European tour. Saving Abel previously shared the stage with Nickelback, Papa Roach and Avenged Sevenfold on full US tours.

The band have recently recorded their second (6-track) E.P, ‘Broken Horizons’. They are releasing this on January 11th 2019 and have brought out a new music video for their song ‘Time and Time’ in December from the new E.P


This EP is a fabulous showcase of the talents that State Of Ember possess, my personal favourites being Fear Of Falling and Beneath Our Dreams. This is a solid effort from this band with no weak tracks filling up space. Why not make Broken Horizons one of your first music downloads for 2019? You can pre-order it now if you’re using iTunes, Amazon Music or Google Play.

If you want to find out more about State Of Ember why not visit their website by clicking here

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four out of five


My tribute to an inspirational and talented man

I want to pay tribute to a man I never met, but would have liked to have known.

People talk about Chris Archer as being a very talented guitarist, who never really believed that he was as good as others said.  Sadly, Chris died in a tragic accident abroad, leaving his father and the rest of his family and friends devastated. His family have managed to keep hold of two tracks that Chris wrote and recorded, and these I heard for the first time at his funeral.

Please have a listen to these outstanding guitar tracks and take a moment to think about this amazing musician, and give him the recognition he deserves.


Album Review – Final Coil – Persistance of Memory

Final Coil offer up a quintessentially English take on alternative rock. Formed by frontman Phil Stiles, the Leicester-based band went through the usual trials and tribulations of finding a stable line-up with the one constant being lead guitarist Richard Awdry. Initially rooted in the explosive experimentation of the US underground scene,

Ester Segarra

Photo credit: Ester Segarra

early Final Coil shows were noisy, messy affairs with broken equipment scattered across the stage and waves of arcing feedback left echoing around dark venues with sticky floors. With time, the band evolved to take a more nuanced approach, weaving stately, Gilmour-esque solos into the dense, metallic riffs and experimenting with layers of vocal harmonies reminiscent of Alice in Chains and Anathema. It was this more-evolved musical approach that attracted Jola Stiles; a Polish-born bassist with a jazz background, enabling the band to develop their sound yet further. With Jola in place, Final Coil recorded an acoustic EP that added flute, waves of synth and delicate piano to the mix. A major shift in the band’s sound, the Somnambulant EP demonstrated a newfound maturity of expression although live shows remained adrenalin-soaked examples of pure-rock fury. At the end of 2014, Tony ‘Ches’ Hughes, a remarkably talented veteran of the Leicester music scene, was invited to join Final Coil. His arrival was a significant catalyst and new songs were written at a furious pace, the band recording and self-releasing the well-received Closed to the Light EP in 2015. This EP not only gained excellent reviews across the board, it also attracted the attention of respected label WormHoleDeath and, throughout 2016, the band focused on writing and developing their debut album, Persistence of Memory.

Final Coil - Persistance of memoryThe band describe this album as a darkly compelling tour-de-force that combines crushing riffs with the sweeping, epic grandeur of progressive rock. Persistence of Memory is an eclectic-yet-coherent album that paints a compelling portrait of modern-day dissociation, loss and regret over the course of its eleven tracks.

Recorded by Wahoomi Corvi (Way of purity, CreTura) at Real Sound Studio in Italy, mastered by Cult of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg and with stunning artwork courtesy of Andy Pilkington (Flotsam and Jetsam, Beholder), Persistence of Memory is a rare example of music and art coming together in perfect symbiosis and it looks set to bring Final Coil’s uniquely compelling music to a whole new audience.

A band for whom passion is everything, Final Coil offer an emotional voyage into a heart of darkness and Persistence of Memory looks set to be one of the year’s most adventurous releases.


The Rock Asylum rates this album


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Deb GardnerMy favourite tracks  are In Silent Reproach which is packed with heavy duty riffs and eerie vocals which beckon you to lose yourself within the track, and You Waste My Time, with its melodic vocals and a heavier feel overall it has something for traditional rock enthusiasts to sink their teeth into.

This album drags you into the dark and eerie world of Final Coil and mesmerizes you with its unique take on grunge/alt rock. 

Final Coil are definitely a band to follow. The material they have produced on this album Persistence Of Memory is of great quality, and I feel that there is so much more to come from these guys that you would not want to miss.
If I could ask for anything else from this band, it would be for a little more variety between the tracks, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the things that you do best!

Well done guys!

Find out more about Final Coil here









Back On Track

Sincere apologies for not posting recently, moving house and changing jobs had quite a serious effect on me for a while, but I’m back on track now and raring to go!

I’ll be reviewing an album or two in the coming week so watch this space!

Once again thanks so much for your continued support of my blog which supports upcoming bands and local venues.


The Annual Mayors Charity Rock Festival 2018

DSC01258-Edit-8Rockers through the ages presented the Annual Mayoral Charity Rock Festival. All money raised  was donated to the Mayors Charities, Samaritans of Wolverhampton, The MS Therapy Centre, Wolverhampton Help for Heroes.

Kicking off this celebration were Seize The Void and Spreading The Disease. Unfortunately we didn’t arrive in time to see these guys perform hence no footage or pictures.

First band we saw were Hightale. A 4 piece band from Wolverhampton. I’ve seen them a few times now, and find there’s always a barrel of laughs to be had with vocalist, Scott Griffiths, however, joking aside, I like the sound they produce, and the fact they have a sense of humour with it just makes the experience more enjoyable.



This photo, captured by Dave Briggs, captures a more serious side to Hightale




Next up were the fantabulous (I know this is not a word, but it should be!) Naked Sunday. I’ve been following this band’s progress for some time now, and always enjoy their set. Never a dull moment when Martin Stanyer is on set, and the band continues to go from strength to strength. Drummer Craig Stanley was on form, and even managed a bit of banter with Martin during the performance. The lovely Laura Stanyer brought a bit of glamour to the stage with her sexy diamante hosiery teamed with her unique style of bass playing.


Next up were Daylight Robbery, a heavy melodic rock band from Birmingham. Another awesome performance with lots of animated stage presence from frontman Tony Nicholl. A fabulous set from these guys.


The much loved Shyyne were next in the line up, with frontman Toni Gale absolutely in fine form.  This band are true entertainers.




Next up were Devilfire, rock and heavy metal band from Birmingham. The band delivered an energetic performance all round which was enjoyed by many.


Last up were Voodoo Sioux, a four piece hard rock band from The West Midlands. This is the first time I have seen a performance from them, but it most definitely won’t be the last. I was hooked as soon as bass player Mario Ermoyenous kicked off the first track with his wicked style of playing, and massive stage presence. The whole band had something about them that drew the crowd in, and once captured by them, there was no escape. A perfect end to this awesome night.

If you haven’t seen this band before, don’t delay in getting down to one of their upcoming gigs, you will not be disappointed!



Overall, a fantastic night, with proceeds going to charity. Well done to Doddy White, Brett Hall and all who had a hand in organising this event.







Top 10 YouTube videos for The Rock Asylum

Here are the 10 most watched videos that I have posted for The Rock Asylum so far.

Top views – The Bad Flowers

No. 2 – Anonymous – Cut Your Losses

No. 3 – Cenfora

No. 4 – Superhooch

No. 5 – Anonymous with Deb

No. 6 – Fires That Divide

No. 7 – Anonymous – Running Blind

No. 8 – Anonymous

No. 9 – Big Foot

No. 10 – Anonymous – Cheap Painkiller

Gig Review – Third Angle Projection + support from Strike The Light & Superhooch

Onroute 44 picce again, we found ourselves at the delightful Route 44 venue in Acocks Green, Birmingham, this time to review three bands we have never seen before, Third Angle Projection were the headliners, with support from Strike The Light, and Superhooch.

Greeted by promoter Nancy Harding, the night looked set to be a banger of a gig. Route 44 continue to promote upcoming,  as well as established bands in the midlands area. Some notable names have refined their skills at this well known, genuine venue.

First up were Strike The Light, a three piece rock band from South Wales. We quickly found out that although first on, they were definitely worth a watch. Formed in February 2017, this Swansea based trio put on a strong opening performance for us at Route 44. A particular favourite from the set was their newly released single Black Gold. With a feel of old school rock to it, this track is set to make you rock out. By the mid point of this track they soon had the attention of the growing crowd, it’s definitely a blinding song from this relatively new band.

A quality opener that paved the way for a superb night. I would definitely pay to see these guys again. They have a seasoned style which was delivered via a very confident performance.

The single, Black Gold is available now. Visit the band’s facebook page here. The Rock Asylum rates this single 4/5 stars.



Next up were Superhooch, a Coventry based rock/blues foursome with an unusual mix of hyperactive, bluesy, stoner, garage rock psychedelia, this band certainly took their followers on a remarkable journey. With an additional performer, Azrael Quibilah for part of their performance, I have to say that her voice really changed the whole feel of the music.

I went from thinking, bloody hell I’m far too old to be listening to this, to oh wow this is awesome……..trippy…….but awesome. I especially enjoyed it when they started belting out the vocals, transforming it from a melodious track into a foot stomping heavy number, the eclectic combination really working well.

On reflection of their performance I couldn’t help but draw similarities to the mighty Kasabian.

If you like what you see, why not visit Superhooch on facebook here



Then it was time for the headliners, Third Angle Projection.

I recently discovered this band when they asked me to review their latest EP ‘Nothing To You‘.  I instantly loved them, and found similarities to the awesome Seether, which added to the appeal. I had been looking forward to this moment for a while, seeing them perform live. Sadly, an earlier arrangement to see them never came to fruition.

They’ve recently been on tour in France and I’m sure that the UK festivals will be welcoming them to their stages in no time.

These guys delivered a massive set, full of twists and turns, making their performance intriguing and volatile, which kept me on my toes, wondering what they were going to do next. Without exception, this band delivered the most emotional, artistic performance of the night.

If you like what you see of Third Angle Projection, why not follow them on facebook? Click here

They performed my favourite tracks, Useless and Nothing To You as well as a Seether cover, a fitting rendition of Remedy.






Dean Tipper – Third Angle Projection



Arron Tipper




Arron Tipper


Dean Tipper


Charlie Brotherton – Third Angle Projection


Arron Tipper




In summary, the combination of bands on the night delivered a wide brush stroke of the rock genre. Each band adding their own identity, yet combining to produce an outstanding production of live music.

Thanks to Dave Briggs for the fantastic photos. For more from this gig, visit Dave’s facebook page by clicking here . (Please remember that Dave owns these photos, and whilst the bands featured are welcome to use them, there should be no editing or cropping of the picture).