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Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

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Leaping out of the shadows of Sweden come another fine example of a Rock band which fuse melody within their output.

In 2012 this experienced quintet pieced together an album called 'Into The Garden' which contained an impressive 17 tracks and bonus DVD. Exhaustive introductions were created with this album and why so many songs on their first studio album together?

Well, they had 60 or so tracks to choose from and the quality by their own admission was so good, that it was difficult to narrow the amount to just 17 tracks. That's not the sort of burden most bands encounter, but Colorstone have approached their sophomore album with a new refreshed perspective and 'Steam' only contains 10 songs.

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Two singles were revealed before the release of this album; 'Never Too Late' and 'Gotto Groove' both showcasing some melody mixed in with an urgency to compact a solid hook-laden track in to a short duration. It would seem that Colorstone were keen to adopt this attitude on all aspects of 'Steam'. Compact and bijou is the order of the day here. Incidentally, both of these songs are very ear-friendly, good production values and musicianship on show.

Wrap your eyes and ears around this official video for 'Never Too Late' for something to digest.

There is currently a buzz and eager anticipation surrounding the next H.e.a.t album which makes sense due to their successful 'Address The Nation' release. They are another example of top quality Melodic Rock being exported from Sweden to those with an ear for such a scene.

I often marvel at the consistent outpouring of such melodic-based Rock music from that nation and such is the case when I listen to 'Steam'. The effortless flow and reflection tucked within 'Best Of Me' which drives through the chorus and then changing down the gears for the verses is one dimension of Colorstone.

Another side of the band can be heard on 'Don't Just Dream About It' which prowls to begin with before exhibiting some Pop sensibilities on the chorus. There's a tasty cohesive quality to this mid-tempo song which also incorporates a punchy bridge towards the latter part. Incidentally, have you noticed how track number seven on an album tends to be really strong or is that just me?

More highlights dance in my ears like 'Stone Temple' which gives way to its soft caress and finger-plucked tenderness; the frantic onward momentum of 'Breakdown' and the quirky album closer 'When I'm Gone' which adopts a groove to ride.

Without catering to the major record labels and going down any other avenue than their own, it would appear that their self-belief is well judged and their performances and passion for their craft are well placed as they motor along under their own 'Steam'. Let's hope they don't lose momentum due to the monopoly of budgets offered by impressive business machines that promote other bands, and here's hoping that those of you who appreciate and enjoy good quality Melodic Rock give these guys a fair chance.

They do say quality outshines other distractions, so give them a listen and board this train at your own convenience; full 'Steam' ahead.

Never Too Late
Gotto Groove
Like A Whisper
September Rain
Fighting For A Cause
Don't Just Dream About It
Stone Temple
Best Of Me
When I'm Gone





Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

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.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

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.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


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.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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