Band Feature and Music Review – W.M.D

As already advertised, The Rock Asylum will be visiting The Cottage of Content in Burntwood on Friday night to review W.M.D in action, supported by Rai Kah Mercury.

received_10156107793933836172806161.jpegWhat you didn’t already know is that I’ve managed to get my hands on W.M.D’s new double A side single, which I will be reviewing and publishing along with a band feature including an interview and review of the gig, not to mention photos by my partner Dave Briggs.

Jack Revill told W.M.D followers ‘W.M.D are putting on our last show of the year the The Cottage of Content in Burntwood, with a relatively new band Rai Kah Mercury fresh from there debut gigs and already getting a solid following be sure to get down early to catch them then W.M.D take to the stage fresh out of the recording studio for our latest double A side single “Stepping Stone”. Not a gig to miss both bands will be all guns blazing! get your rocks off! Also the Rock Asylum Blog will be there to add to the party what is not to like about that!’

I have seen this band once before, and I have to say I’m pretty excited to be seeing them again!

Why not join us?




Local Store – TR Music – Walsall

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TR Music – enjoy a large range of budget and premium stock in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Now Walsall’s only General Music store. TR Music offers a wide selection of Guitars, Bass, Drums, and an enormous selection of Disco, PA, and lots of other stuff in between. TR music also offers a huge range of service/repair options, at the most competitive prices in the midlands. Feel free to get in touch about any of our services, and check out our website at  .’

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I would like to give the guys in this shop a mention, after having visited it last week.

Firstly, I was like a kid in a toy shop, with the vast amount of instruments on display, there was no way I would be walking out empty handed, no matter what I went in for!

Secondly, a friendly greeting when I walked in, with no pushy sales patter was a breath of fresh air.

Finally, even though I didn’t spend much on this visit, the friendly staff demonstrated every effects pedal I asked for without question, and left me to make my own mind up about what I would do. Perfect!

They have lots of great value gear in there so why not stop by? For more details visit their website, or follow them on facebook?

Rating 5/5


Gig Review – Diamond Head + support from Fires That Divide

As soon as I saw this line up I knew it was going to be a great night. The Robin 2 is a well known and well loved local venue, and has a great reputation for hosting some massive names. Last gig I came to was Inglorious, and before that Dirty DC, both were filled to the brim.

So there was no surprises when I saw the place filling up rapidly, well before the support band were due on. Fires That Divide are a 4 piece rock band from the West Midlands, formed back in 2014. They describe their material as an eclectic range of musical creativity delivered with a hard punch.


From left: Steve Knight (bass guitar), Kirk Shuttleworth (lead vocals and guitar), Steven Norton (guitar) and Marc Harris (drums).

For anyone who hasn’t heard of these guys before, why not take a look at my feature from earlier this year.

Okay so back to their latest performance. These guys showed that they had the balls to perform at big venues such as The Robin 2. Other than a couple of technical issues which were out of their control, they put on a strong performance, and had a good crowd of followers at the event.

They performed some new material which I particularly enjoyed, as well as some already established tunes such as Vector Man. Take a look at the video footage I caught along the way, and if you like what you see, why not visit Fires That Divide on facebook and give their page a like/follow! Or visit their website here.



I really hope to see Fires That Divide gigging again soon, as they are a force to be reckoned with, and after seeing them in this setting, supporting a massive band such as Diamond Head, I know this is where they belong. Well done lads!


I may still have a surprise or two up my sleeve involving this bunch, all will be revealed!

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Then it was time for the headline act, Diamond Head. This band was originally formed in 1976 in the town of Stourbridge. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

DSC07778DSC07725DSC07745DSC07643The current line up of the band is Brian Tatler – Guitars, Rasmus Bom Andersen – Vocals, Karl Wilcox – Drums, Dean Ashton – Bass, and Andy Abberley (Abbz) – Guitars

Needless to say, this band is well rehearsed and could probably but on a great show in their sleep, and this gig was no exception, a brilliant performance which delivered exactly what their fans expected and needed from them.

The star of the show for me will always be Brian Tatler, an amazing guitarist.

Take a look at some video footage I caught of these guys in action.

If you want to find out more about Diamond Head, why not visit their website to find out more about up coming gigs or follow them on facebook. 

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Photo credits to Dave Briggs – Gig Photographer . Why not visit his facebook page to see more photos from this gig. Click here




New Music Reviews coming soon

I’m so excited to be reviewing a number of new bands and new unsigned music pre release at the moment.

I’ve been approached by one band that are brand new in the making, as well as upcoming bands with some fantastic new sounds to share with the world! Most of these are far from just ‘rock’ bands…….In fact, I have to say there’s such a diverse selection of genres in this material, my mind has just been well and truly blown!

My partner Dave Briggs is going to be involved in some photo shoots as well which makes this an awesome time for The Rock Asylum, and we are so grateful to the bands concerned for coming to us with their news……

For the moment, my lips are sealed, but I will be publishing over the coming weeks……and thanks again for your continued interest in The Rock Asylum.



What a night! 

The Robin 2 sure know how to throw a party! Diamond Head with support from Fires That Divide put on a great show. A full house!

Lots of video footage and photos to upload courtesy of Dave Briggs – Gig Photographer. 

What’s next? – Diamond Head @ The Robin 2 with support from Fires That Divide

Diamond Head Fires That DivideThe Rock Asylum and Dave Briggs Gig Photographer will be visiting the lovely Robin 2 this Thursday 7th December 2017 to review this gig, which promises to be a blast! Fires That Divide will be kicking the night off in style as usual (I have seen them before and they’re fab!), followed by Diamond Head who will no doubt blow the roof off.

Doors open at 7.30! Don’t miss it!

We’ll be uploading photos and videos with a review of the night, and maybe a few surprises along the way too!

My Guitar Journey – Chapter 2

Firstly, my apologies for not uploading anything on this in a while, sometimes day to day life just gets in the way.

Anyway here is an attempt at Blackbird. Again its full of mistakes etc. but that’s where I am right now! Its amazing just how much worse I am when I know its being filmed too! (And the massive sigh at the end is a sigh of relief! It’s so difficult!)

I know that my finger picking is a bit haphazard, missing bits out just to keep time with the music is a bad habit of mine, but hopefully things will start to improve with more practice. If anyone has any exercises they can send in for me to practice, I would be very grateful!

I will more than likely upload another clip of me attempting House Of The Rising Sun very soon.

Thanks for your feedback and support guys! Keep it coming!




Rockers Through The Ages Xmas Party

This gig was kindly hosted by Wendy Shone, owner of The Giffard Arms Wolverhampton. Organised and promoted by Brett Hall and Doddy White, who certainly came up trumps with this line up, which was a sure fire way to fill The Giffard. The Rockers Through The Ages Xmas Party was designed to raise money for a great cause,  Compton Hospice.

Kicking off the performances were Hollowstar, a 4 piece hard-hitting dirty rock band originating from Cambridgeshire. Never seen them before, but after watching their assault of in your face rock music that certainly got the pulse racing, I will be looking out for these guys in the future, and hope to get up close and personal with a cheeky interview if at all possible.



These guys certainly put on a brilliant performance despite some technical issues as you will see on one of the videos. They took it all in their stride and their set was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The stage was well and truly warmed up in preparation for the next band on this awesome line up.

If Hollowstar tickle your fancy, why not visit/like their facebook page, or click here for twitter


Naked Sunday



DSC06518.jpgAfter a quick change over, it was time for Naked Sunday to take the stage. I’ve been following this band for some time now, and was keen to see them, as they are always guaranteed to spice things up with their unique, dirty rock n roll performances.

Tonight, they promised some surprises, and delivered the biggest surprise which was in the form of an additional guitarist, Alex Williams on stage for two of their songs, Diamonds and Pearls and A Dozen Red Roses.

From start to finish it was clearly one of the best live performances from Naked Sunday that I have ever witnessed, and having an extra guitar on stage gave a little extra something to the performance.

It was also very clear that they themselves were having a ball up there, and that came across to the audience very well.

The below video is my favourite tune at the moment from this band, called Reaper. Martin Stanyer put everything into his performance of this, even mentioning a few of the people in the audience by name part way through.


If Naked Sunday float your boat, why not head over to their facebook or twitter pages to give them a like/follow.


Next up were Electus, a 4 piece hard rock band from Wolverhampton. Again a confident and crowd pleasing performance was unleashed on the audience. A couple of issues with equipment, but this didn’t spoil the performances at all.


My favourite video from the set is the one below. Lead guitarist Gareth Daker was awesome and I would have loved to capture more of his performance on video but unfortunately I was at the wrong side of the stage to get any decent footage of him. These guys are definitely worth a watch, and they did a fantastic job of preparing the audience for the main attraction of the night.

If you want to know more about Electus, why not follow them on facebook or twitter?


A few minutes were taken by Brett Hall and Doddy White to raise money for their cause with a raffle and an auction.


And next, the moment we had all been waiting for……. Tom, Dale and Karl of The Bad Flowers from Cannock walked calmly onto the stage and started to prepare themselves. The audience knew what was about to come, and the room was packed out. The energy in the room rose to another level in excitement and anticipation of what was about to come.

This band are well known for their thunderous rock n roll which leaves audiences astounded, and this gig was no exception, they performed their hearts out as always. The relentless attack of elaborate drumming from the talented ‘animal’, Karl Selickis, the heavy bass delivered with tonnes of attitude by Dale Tonks and the pure, powerful vocals and exceptional guitar work from Tom Leighton delivered an earth shattering experience to their fans which finished the night off perfectly.


The Bad Flowers really do capture the hearts of the audience, always performing at full throttle and with a genuine raw talent that you cannot buy. I’m in no doubt that this appearance will be one of the last ‘smaller venues’ these guys perform, as they have some fantastic shows lined up for 2018, including Steelhouse Festival.

I’m just happy that I had the privilege of seeing these guys perform at such a personal level, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for them in the coming year.