Amped chats to Saxon frontman Biff Byford

This weekend Ebbw Vale was once again host to the UK’s hottest new rock gathering the Steelhouse Festival. The event now in it’s 3rd year and supported by Planet Rock attracted another stellar line up of hard rock and metal talent featuring the likes of hotly tipped blues rock upstarts The Temperance Movement, Amped favourites Heaven’s Basement and the mighty Saxon.

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Review – Hangfire, ‘Shoot the Crow’


Hangfire are a hotly tipped quartet from the Ebbw Vale area,  featuring Max Rhead, Lizzy Evans, Bobby Goo and ex-Tigertailz sticksman Matt Blakout. ‘Shoot the Crow’ is this outfits explosive debut.

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Amped Interview on GTFM

On Monday night Showcase Wales broadcast an interview with Amped on GTFM, conducted by Adam Perkins, the interview runs for 30 minutes and can be heard on our brand new Soundcloud account.

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Tigertailz Part Company With Sarah Firebrand

Cardiff based glam rockers Tigertailz have parted ways with bass player Sarah Firebrand. The band have released the following statement;

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New Midasuno Track Emerges

“Bring Me The Heads”, a long lost track by the cult outfit Midasuno has just emerged. The 2 and a half minute recording was found by guitarist Chris Morgan, who recorded it at the University of Glamorgan Atrium campus.

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… And The Award Goes To

2012 is here so the voting has closed and the results have been counted. Here are the winners of the Amped Awards 2011.


Best Album

Exit International – Black Junk (49% of the vote)

Best Single

The Dirty Youth – Fight (33% of the vote)

Best Unsigned Band

Buried in Alaska (44% of the vote)

Best Live Band

Exit International (44% of the vote)

Best  Event 2011

Merthyr Rock (61% 0f the vote)


Band of the Year 2011

Exit International (45% of the vote)

Amped Icon

This year the Amped Icon award goes to the Manic Street Preachers.

21 years since their debut single Motown Junk; 10 studio albums and 38 singles later they’ve released a greatest hits followed by a sell out show at the 02 arena.They are without doubt the most prolific band to come out of Wales and arguably the last great British rock n roll band.

Korn Announce Intimate UK Tour for 2012

Korn - Photograph by Rick Wenner

Hot on the heels of their tenth studio album, ‘The Path of Totality’, Korn have announced a full and intimate UK tour for 2012.

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