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Well after reviewing a lot of albums this year I have landed on my favorite 10.

10. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Abyss

Absolutely riveting.

9. SOILWORK – The Whisp Of The Atlantic

Soilwork said they wanted to do something completely different to what they had done before and they certainly did.

8. ME AND THAT MAN – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit Vol 1

An album that I can listen to over and over again.

7. SEETHER – Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum

Seether bounced back to their best with one of the most underrated albums of 2020.

6. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Murders In The Rue Morgue Vol 1

In their short history Rue Morgue Records have made a name for discovering some of Australia’s finest talent and this just brought it all together on one CD.

5. BON JOVI – 2020

As a year 2020 left a bitter taste in our mouth but nobody captured the mood of the world quite like Bon Jovi on their 2020 album.

4. ELEPHANT GUN – Now To Survive

Great to hear these guys back and now they deliver one of the albums of the year.

3. AC/DC – Power Up

AC/DC proved they still have it with a brilliant album of what they do best – catchy hard rock.

2. MARILYN MANSON – We Are Chaos

Stunningly brilliant album… if you haven’t heard it yet go out and grab yourself a copy right now.

1. AMARANTHE – Manifest

This band has just been getting better and better over the past few years and now they have reached the pinnacle with this amazing album.

What are you planning to do once restrictions ease? Silverback Touring will tell you their plan. They are throwing one hell of a loud, loose and rowdy rock ’n’ roll party.

The Eighties. When music was fun, loud, not so serious and encouraged massive sing-along’s. The Sunset Strip. The epicentre of debauchery and good times and the birthplace to the last bastion of good time rock ’n’ roll, the glam and hair metal scene led by Motley Crue, Guns ’N’ Roses and Poison. Together, they are the perfect formula for a throwback rock ’n’ roll party to bring you out of those pandemic blues.

Eighties on Sunset is a national tour paying tribute to the sounds, sights and vibes of ‘80s hard rock. One of the poster boys of that scene, Bret Michaels and his band Poison, brought the Sunset Strip to the world in a good time rock ’n’ roll fashion with a string of chart topping hits that played out as the soundtrack to the lives of many.

Whilst Poison has not toured Australia for over three decades, Australia boasts the next best thing. Led by “Aussie Bret”, the Australian Poison Tribute Show – POIZON’US capture the essence of a Poison show, note for note, hit for hit, all with a front man that will make you look twice. The Aussie Poison Show headlines all of the Eighties on Sunset shows with a brand new show promising deep cuts and plenty of surprises. Joining them will be Iron Lion, Powerstryde (Melbourne only) and Propane Candy (Adelaide only) a trio of Australia’s most formidable ‘80s rock tribute bands who will deliver the hits of Guns ’N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi and more.

The party is rounded out by rock DJ’s and visuals of your fave ‘80s movies and videos. The only thing lacking is bad fashion and hair, but that remains your choice. If there was ever an excuse to step back in time and celebrate life with the joy of nostalgia, this is it.

2020 Tour Dates:

Sat 15 Aug – Brisbane – The Triffid

Sat 22 Aug – Melbourne – Max Watts

Fri 28 Aug – Canberra – The Basement

Sat 29 Aug – Sydney – Factory Theatre

Fri 4 Sept – Perth – Amplifier

Sat 5 Sept – Adelaide – The Gov

Tickets available NOW from silverbacktouring.com.au

 

There are very few bands in the world with as much international flavour as hard rock outfit Gotthard. Hailing from Switzerland the band replaced their former lead singer Steve Lee, who tragically died in a motorcycle accident, with Aussie Nic Maeder, who admittedly has spent a great deal of time in the US.

The band have played alongside the greats like Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and Bon Jovi and now return with their brand new album – #13.

“I think in general whenever you start making an album you just let it take its course,” explains Maeder when we begin to talk about the birth of #13. “It really is like a living thing you really do just have to let it take its path. The only thing that we did know was that we wanted it to be a pretty raw kind of sounding album. Particularly because we had been touring for two years with the acoustic tour so we were pretty keen to make a really rockin’ album basically.”

“The very first track we wrote for the album was “Another Last Time,”” he goes on to say. “That is more in the bluesy direction and then it just get evolving from there and it really just took a life of its own. And then of course it changes again once we had recorded all the demos and the producer comes in and it all gets ripped apart again, so then of course it takes another turn again so you never really know where you are going to end up.”

What they have ended up with though is a gem of an album that contains some pretty thought-provoking lyrics. “With lyrics I’m kind of always doing what is happening around me,” he says when we begin to talk about the lyrics on #13. “There could be something that I am going through, or there might be something that I am observing someone else going through. There is a good mixture of things on there though, between love songs and some environmental stuff – there is even a funny song like “Rescue Me” at the end of the album that has this seventies almost grunge thing going on, but lyrically it is all about the internet and trying to live without our phones, being addicted to our phones and all of that kind of stuff. There is even some stuff on social media on there so really there is a bit of everything on there. We just kind of grabbed whatever grabbed us at the time, you know.”

The environmental themes are sure to resonate a little more with Australians due to our past summer and that is not something that is lost on Gotthard. “At the moment you have everything happening at once,” says Maeder after taking a deep breath. “It is just one thing after another really. I mean the bushfires I was watching that closely from Europe and it was absolutely dreadful. I still have family in Australia and they were safe but the fires did come really close to them. “

“But the environment is just such a huge issue,” he says continuing. “I think sometimes it takes a catastrophe to really change things or for people to really start taking notice. But yeah it is definitely a huge issue.”

We take a break from the huge topics and go back to talking about the DNA of #13 and we begin to talk about the various sounds that come through on this album – from the 1970s vibe through to a more bluesy rock and Maeder says he thinks it is because so many people had input on the album. “We have three main songwriters,” he says. “Between Leo, Freddy and myself we all have pretty different tastes actually when it comes to music. I suppose that is the big part of that but I think that has always been the case with Gotthard anyway. We do have those different tastes and I think whenever we are writing a song because we have those different tastes we do have to make sure that we are all happy with it so we won’t let anything go out until we are all happy with a song, so we keep working on stuff until we are all happy.”

Well one thing is certain the band should be very happy with #13 and it is guaranteed that the fans will be just as happy.

 

#13 is out now through Nuclear Blast Records.

 

 

I almost feel that I need to preface this article before I continue. I am not some kind of music snob, nor am I somebody that believes that hard rock or metal is the only kind of music worth listening to. A quick look at my album collection and yes you will find things as extreme as Cannibal Corpse and you will find things as commercial as Green Day or Bon Jovi. Likewise when you come to genres nestled snugly away with albums by KISS and Metallica you’ll also find music from ABBA, Eminem right through to pop by Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys. My Dad instilled one message into me when he started me on my musical journey and that was “There is good music in every genre, you just need to find it.”

So why the need for such a preface? Well basically because while I’m angry about some of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame snubs I may say some things that might put some readers on the defensive about the kind of music that they listen to. It is a divisive topic so know now that I mean no offence.

Over the past twenty-four hours social media has blown up about this year’s Hall Of Fame inductees. Somehow the Dave Matthews Band managed to win the popular vote with millions of votes from the public but never actually made the final cut while the likes of Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy were all given a royal snubbing. In fact the entire public voting system was treated as a joke this year with four out of the Top Five voted artists all missing out on actually being inducted.

When you consider that Judas Priest, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy now join a list that includes the likes of Pat Benatar, Jane’s Addiction, New York Dolls, War, Rage Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren, Steve Winwood and Sting who have all been nominated but missed out on induction you begin to realise that the list of those who have missed out is almost as impressive as those who have made it.

Those artists not being in the Hall Of Fame while the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Madonna and Whitney Houston are seems a little bit strange. After all this is supposed to be a rock ‘n’ roll Hall Of Fame while to me those artists firmly fall on the hip-hop, R&B and pop side of things. No disrespect meant to those artists but surely genre has to weigh into the decision at some point.

There is little doubt that the biggest travesty though has to be some of the bands that missed out this year. If Judas Priest, Motorhead and Thin Lizzy don’t deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame then who does? Those bands are not just some of the greatest and influential to ever exist in the rock world, they also changed the world of music forever. Let’s take a look at each band on their merits.

There is little doubt that Judas Priest are one of the greats. Since their inception in 1969 the Brits have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and, as Wacken found out a couple of years ago, are still as strong today as ever. The Grammy award winning Brits are currently completing their nineteenth studio album. Who knows maybe it takes twenty albums to land in a spot in the Hall Of Fame.

Then comes fellow Brits Motorhead. Lead by the legendary Lemmy Motorhead are considered the forefathers of British heavy metal. If there was ever a time for Motorhead to be inducted into the Hall Of Fame it is now – the band officially disbanded in 2015 after the tragic death of Lemmy. That same year saw the death of original drummer Phil Taylor while Eddie Clarke passed away in 2018 and Larry Wallis in 2019. With all founding members of Motorhead now sadly passed away this was the right time for them to rightfully find their way into the Hall Of Fame.

Last, but not least, comes Irish rockers Thin Lizzy. To many they are the band that penned the classic The Boys Are Back In Town but Thin Lizzy’s history goes a lot deeper than that.  Bands such as Alice In Chains, Mastodon and Metallica have all declared that Thin Lizzy were a huge influence on them and their sound. The band also recorded twelve albums and have promised music fans that they are looking to re-form for some gigs in the future.

It might sound harsh but is it time to take another look at how artists are selected for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame? The clear observations to come out of this year’s inductions are that it seems like the public vote counts for nothing and that artists who haven’t quite bided their time or fit the rock genre have somehow been inducted ahead of some of the true legends of the genre. The system seems broken and needs to be fixed as these snubs seem to as disrespectful as they unfair.

 

By Dave Griffiths