Archive for February 2018

Devilspeak – ‘See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil’   2 comments

On Saturday 10th February 2018, Devilspeak release a debut 3 track EP, entitled, ‘See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil’, via a live streamed gig on Facebook and YouTube. They’re a 5 piece death/thrash metal band, from Cape Town, South Africa. Formed August 2014. The band name was chosen the day after the first audition. It represents a wordplay, re: the Devil’s Peak Mountain, in Cape Town.

They debuted live on March 20th, 2015. The debut single, ‘Violently Leading The Blind’, was recorded on 18th and 19th April 2015, at Milestone Studios, by Jethro Harris and launched on 1st September 2015, to international acclaim. During 2016, they were awarded the Best Newcomer at the South African Metal Music Awards. They’ve played a number of high-profile shows, including Metal 4 Africa’s Winterfest 2015 and Summerfest 2017, Wacken Metal Battle South Africa, April 2016, opening for Rotting Christ, Cape Town, July 2016, opening Witchfest 2017 Cape Town, with Devildriver and Mantar headlining and support for South Africa’s Terminatryx, at their 15 year anniversary show, August 2017. Last year also saw them win the Best Thrash Metal Band Award, at the South African Metal Music Awards.

‘See Evil, Hear Evil, Speak Evil’ follows their 3 track EP, released in September 2016 and the single ‘Unearth Hell’, from the EP, launched on 12th September 2017, which was lauded, throughout the world’s media. The same positive reception and airplay is currently greeting ‘Internal Shrapnel’. (Track 3 on the new EP).

Recorded, mixed and produced at Milestone Studios, Cape Town, by Jethro Harris, mastered by Kelsey Mastering, South Africa, the EP is representative of Devilspeak’s preference for home-grown products and collaborations, so to speak. In keeping with this ethos, the live stream will be broadcast from Milestone Studios, by Jethro Harris. Live editing will be handled by 2C Productions, based in Cape Town, known for their wide experience of such work.

A small select number of people will attend the live feed. It’s scheduled to run for 30 minutes, including the entire EP and 2 additional tracks, i.e., the debut single, ‘Violently Leading The Blind’ and another previously unreleased track, only ever played live, in ‘Embrace Decay’.

Prep has been going on behind the scenes for this event, for over a year and it’s set to be a big occasion. All interested parties can hear the next promo interviews for this big occasion on Thursday 8th February, on The Breakfast Zone, on Zone Radio, Cape Town, from 10:30am CAT, live, on: and also on: TBD with the Killogic Effect in the USA, on . The FB event can be found at

It’s also being screened live at Gandalf’s, in Cape Town, on the day, with early opening for the event. That can be viewed at Click on the global broadcast live stream: and also at .

The EP will also be released in physical CD format, with intricately detailed artwork, including separate artwork for each track. The finished product is planned to be a visual spectacle! Art and design by Sepulchral Visions and TVS Graphic Design. Merch is also available in the form of Devilspeak’s Skellie mascot on a launch shirt, with a possibility of more varied designs in future.

Don’t miss the live launch of ‘SE,HE,SE’ , on 10th February 2018, accessible on Facebook and YouTube. 5pm CAT/3pm GMT/10am EST/9am CST.

EP Track Listing:

1. Honoured By The Bleeding
2. Unearth Hell
3. Internal Shrapnel

Violently Leading The Blind – Crushing hard as steel intro, blasting its way through the wall! Ferocious fast-paced riffs and visceral blackened growls tear holes in your face, as the tension builds and the massive drum sound fills the crevices in the earth. Shattering climax of burning guitar sections, more vicious vocals, controlled rhythm, red hot riffs, with a vibrato element, climbing scales of intensity, before the light percussion cymbal effect ends the show. Mind blowing fire to end all fires.

10/10 **********

The stream for ‘Unearth Hell’ can be found at:


Posted February 7, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Trigon – ‘Rock It’   Leave a comment

Beginning life as a covers band, Ottawa-based Trigon have always tried to rock things up, placing their own unique signature on them. After an uninspiring attempt to do the same with The Pointer Sisters’ ‘I’m So Excited’, they were instead inspired to create an original new track of their own. Hence, ‘Rock It’ was born. Following on from their debut 2017 album, ‘Fed Up’ and their debut single, ‘The Night Is Young’, ‘Rock It’ is an independent release, launched on January 24th, 2018.

Trigon’s influences include: Volbeat, Crobot, David Wilcox, System Of A Down, Nirvana, Megadeth, Black Sabbath and Slayer. In addition to the recent release of ‘Rock It’, Trigon are also prepping and producing their forthcoming album, due for release this year. Already, Trigon’s uniqueness stands out and this is thought to be due, in part, to the fact of them being a trio, given the esoteric significance of the number 3. Having honed a signature sound, their band name also revolves around the significance of 3, as does their symbol. They claim to be the living proof that rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead – a fact of which Lemmy himself would be proud.

‘Rock It’ was mixed and mastered by Glen Robinson (Gwar, Voivod). The previous ‘Fed Up’ album, concerns modern life and its many socio-political and practical stumbling blocks. Written to be accessible to all, it’s hoped that fans will identify with it. Trigon’s main aim is to give as much commitment and loyalty to their fans as they receive from them. This is just the beginning. ‘Fed Up’ was launched on March 24th, 2017 and is available digitally and through all main Internet outlets.

Rock It – Kicking drum intro, chased by lightning fast riffs and a great easy rhythm. Fun melody, grabbing your attention and keeping it there, throughout. Whizzing through the track, with an impressive individual spin on a classic vibe, maintaining an upbeat feel, in a catchy, crowd-pleaser style. The production could just do with a little more work, to eradicate the very slight tinniness in the background, but it certainly doesn’t spoil the track and generally, it’s lively, uplifting rock fayre.

8/10 ********

For fans of The Offspring, Terrorvision, modern Glam rock, such as The Darkness. (video for ‘Rock It’).

Posted February 6, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

The Raz – ‘Self-Titled’   9 comments

From Colombia, SC, USA, The Raz is a 4 piece rock band, inspired by 4 decades worth of influences. Their drive and passion are clear and they bring their own brand of music to the table, in the form of their self-created ‘Raz-N-Roll’. Coming from bassist Dale Raszewski’s nickname, The Raz comprises Dale, Adam Shealy, (drums), David Scott McBee (vocals) and Nick ‘Kuma’ Meehan (guitar).

The 9 track debut is a self titled album, based on melody and groove, teeming with rock and blues sounds and inspirations including Led Zeppelin, Badlands, Joe  Bonamassa and Rival Sons.

Formed in spring 2016, by Raz and Nick, the duo wrote two songs, the very first night they jammed together. The band began life as a power trio, after recruiting Andrew Bowers, the then drummer. David Scott McBee then joined as vocalist and the drummer was replaced by Adam Shealy – the next one to audition. The Raz became the force of rock ‘n’ roll they are now.

Black Garden – Opening on a very classic Joe Bonamassa type groove and cymbal hit, the vocals do it perfect justice, with that same high octane level of expertise and blues rock sound that hooks you instantly. A great rock centred feel just permeates the whole thing, characterised by that swing. Absolutely crammed full of irresistible catch, born to rock swagger and real blues flavour. Even a slight Dio-esque slant towards the end, in that ‘Gypsy’-like section. For an intro track, it’s a killer.

No-one To Blame – Immediate bass led intro, with more blues within it then you’re ever likely to hear elsewhere. Easing you in, with mid-paced rhythm, of inherent sensuality and well-placed aggressive vocal hits. Again, the sound of Dio echoes through it, combined with that truly accomplished blues man overtone. Riffage to die for, lyrical paradise and humongously catchy melody, all topped off with the kind of drumming which aces it totally, with a mind blowing blend of traditional and new wave, creating the perfect, richest finish. Divine.

Different Coloured Leaves – Gorgeously smooth acoustic intro, matched mood for mood, with heartfelt lyrics, powerfully and passionately sung. As it ramps up the electricity, the power builds to the max, in a Zep-esque sound rarely heard or captured. Playing through it, with the smoothest, sexiest riffs, hitting every ounce of melody and shaking the bottle dry. Growing to a cleverly designed orgasmic climax, creating just the right effect, it’s very rare I say these words, but this truly is The Holy Grail.

Since I Lost You – Full volume, full strength bluesy riff intro, with a fun vocal element; again, that classic Zep-esque emphasis returns. Grooving along, with a high-level slide section, enabling visual imagery of a bottleneck, working those fret-boards so hard, it almost shatters on impact. Just rocking and rolling, in the most fabulously old school way, there’s nothing to dislike and everything to love.

13 Years – Getting straight in there, with a true blues sound, that was just born to play, showcasing the dexterity and versatility born of genuine love and talent inspired by nature itself. So, so easy to love and get carried away by the flow, the range of blues rock moods and emotions displayed here are endless and fascinating and the song moves as fluidly as the seasons. Pure genius and thoroughly addictive.

My Woman – Rocking things up to the height of animalistic intensity, this is pure high vibration pleasure. Sexy as hell and taking it higher and higher, it’s a melting pot of racy, red hot sensuality. One listen and your desires will be assuaged, like the siren call of a mermaid, hypnotically entrancing and enchanting you, to your watery doom.

Mystery – Bass introing, with a change of tack, in a G’N’R’-esque twist, but soon revealing the blues factor still in evidence. Vocals taking an easier slant now, with some laid-back choruses, retaining the intrigue in the verses and bringing the guitars forward now, to display their looser, free-flowing blues wares even more, the mood turns funky and continues like that till the end. Finishing on another classic drum hit, the strength of passion driving the engine never fades, till the final hit.

No Surprise – Cymbals opening now, groove-based riffs taking up the slack, with equally groovy vocals, lyrically demonstrative of the same groove. Great easy beat, rolling the whole thing forward, in a relaxed frame of mind, a slightly looser, but no less powerful or evocative thread holds it together and brings it to a neat end. Effortless and hugely rhythmic.

What’s Real – Slowing the mood and pace down to a chilled out jazzy beat, now the contemplative aspect enters. Lyrically inviting and thoughtful, injecting emotion into the riffs at just the right point, it carries you away, as if floating on a river, travelling downstream, as the music floods your being. Heavily charged sections follow, like a dream of intense colours of varying shades. Interlacing with gentler riffs, it’s a perfect combo of textural sounds. Closing on an affecting tone, which seems to infiltrate your soul, the lyrics hit you, as they come full circle, reminding you of their message, like a strongly chanted mantra.

Overall – There are rare occasions when reviewing music, when no words will seem to do justice to an album. This is one of them. So I’m just going to follow this up with a phrase I only use very rarely. The Holy Grail Of Rock/Metal. Only a complete musical Philistine would fail to appreciate this album or those words in relation to it. Nothing else will suffice, to do it justice, other than to say the level of accomplished musicianship within it is truly out of this world.

10/10 **********

For fans of Joe Bonamassa, John 5, Led Zeppelin, Heaven’s Basement, DIO, Black Country Communion, Blue Oyster Cult, Focus.

Released 9th February 2018 via Rockshots Records.
1st Single – ‘No-one To Blame’ –
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Posted February 5, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

Nath Bravo – ‘Shadowman’   4 comments

Nath Bravo, a 21-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter, with a natural inclination towards classic early blues and jazz and an equally natural talent for singing it, is also a born musician, whose vocalisation of this began at 5 years of age. Adding the piano to her repertoire at 13, her first song was written at the tender age of just 14.

Inspired by greats such as Nina Simone, BB King, Beth Hart, Tom Waits, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald, she won 2nd place in iPop 2013, went to L.A., intending to produce her debut, but instead, committed to continuing her vocal preparations, till she discovered her own unique signature sound.

2015 brought success in the form of a 4-minute original track winning her first place in a national competition, run by her university, at that time, recognised as one of the best in the country. At 18, she began producing and recording demos. A year later, having travelled to London, Nath performed open mics and live sessions in 30+ places, in 2 months, culminating in the launch of ‘Mercy’, her debut single, entirely self produced and released.

In September of 2016, she became the featured artist within Vidanta group, in Mexico, for 6 months. Travelling back home to Mexico in early 2017, to concentrate on writing music, she then launched a new EP, in November and is presently touring this, around London.

Shadowman – Wow! Intensely talented soul voice intro’s, pouring extraordinarily emotional investment into the track, hitting every note, twist and turn, with such effortless ease and competence. The ultimate accomplishment breathes through this, with absolute conviction and such heightened skill that no words could ever do it justice. Thoroughly mind blowing and stunning, beyond belief. The closest comparison is to say that this is what the probable outcome would sound like, if Adele, the late Amy Winehouse and Dusty Springfield’s voices were combined with that of Erin Larsson, from Blues Pills. You won’t hear this level of vocal gymnastics and magnificence often.

10/10 **********

For fans of Blues Pills, St Jude, Adele, the late Amy Winehouse and Dusty Springfield, Duffy, Mary J Blige and Nellie Furtado.

Posted February 1, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized