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'Rise Up'
(Rum Bum Records)
Release Date: Out Now

Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus


Formed in Memphis, Tennessee back in 1996, this full-on Hard Rock entity has been embraced to a certain extent by mainstream U.S. Rock fans with several minor hit singles and albums doing the business.

This is their ninth studio album which would suggest for many that they know what they're about and how to do what they do with total unadulterated efficiency. Expectations are therefore high.

Mind you, to "confuzzle" those who may only be partially interested in the large sound of these U.S. Hard Rockers; technically it is their eighth studio album. In September, 2013, they briefly released a collection they called 'In It To Win It' which featured all the tracks here and included three extra ones to boot. Former lead vocalist Josey Scott left the band in 2012 to be replaced by their current vocalist Bobby Amaru who sings on this set, but why the false reboot of the band, and only now do we receive this album in the shape that it is in, I guess we'll not know for a while.

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Mysteries aside, the album for the most part revels in modern studio production values and trickery without pulling any punches. There are mellow moments and spacious occasions which are dotted throughout the onslaught. Overall, 'Rise Up' is intense and contains plenty to digest if you give it a chance.

'Lost' offers up their softer side without drifting to sleep as they unleash suitable melodic power in portions. Taking this mentality a step further, 'Closer' waves a lighter shamelessly aloft yet still finds appropriate intervals to add some distortion. To imagine these songs on top of four other songs which made it as single releases? I recall those days where a ballad was included on an album with the entire purpose of releasing it as a single to boost the album sales. Apparently, the band's record label/management didn't get that memo.

The four singles to surface thus far include 'In It To Win It' which is a no holds barred rocker. Lunging riffs aplenty amongst a dark, moody verse make up the framework of this muscular number. Maintaining the theme for quiet-loud approaches, '1000 Eyes' made it as a promotional snapshot and thankfully invests more time on providing a chorus with a hook.

The colourful song title for 'Redneck Freakshow' made it as the third single from this album complete with a stomp Marilyn Manson would've been envious of. The final contender for single arrived in the form of the title track which bullied the ears into submission, leaving melody at the door and offering up a straight forward shout-a-long chorus.

'Rise Up' isn't a bad album really but I find myself wondering “why” about several aspects behind the scenes. If you're not distracted like I am, then you get a solid collection of modern sounding Hard Rock where melody creeps in from time to time, and various textures surface allowing songs like 'Closer', 'She Can Sure Hide Crazy' and 'No One But Me' to twinkle like a vigorously polished pair of shoes.

Rise Up
She Can Sure Hide Crazy
No One But Me
1000 Eyes
Redneck Freakshow
In It To Win It
The Enemy
I Don't Want It

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It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

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