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.
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.
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.
Cardiff based glam rockers Tigertailz have parted ways with bass player Sarah Firebrand. The band have released the following statement;
“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.
2012 is here so the voting has closed and the results have been counted. Here are the winners of the Amped Awards 2011.
Exit International – Black Junk (49% of the vote)
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)
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 - 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.