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Aaron Keylock: 'Cut Against The Grain'
Released: 20th January 2017 (Provogue/Mascot Label Group)
6th January 2017

mark taylor
Words And Video: Mark Taylor

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Oxford born Aaron Keylock first picked up the guitar when he was just eight years old but he came to the attention of many two years ago when he hit sixteen and exchanged his school uniform for cool rock'n'roll attire and performed hot scorching hard rocking blues to audiences at both Bloodstock and Download festivals as well as supporting calibre acts such as The Answer, The Cadillac Three, Wilko Johnson, Joanne Shaw-Taylor and Dan Patlansky.

Coming of age, Keylock was packed off to Los Angeles with his fellow young bandmates, Jordon Maycock on bass and drummer Sonny Miller Greaves, to meet up with producer Fabrizio Grossi, who has worked with such luminaries as Alice Cooper, Slash, Dave Navarro, Zack Wilde and even Ice-T and George Clinton, to produce this anticipated debut album, 'Cut Against The Grain'.

It's a cohesive effort too, showcasing Keylock's maturity yet still holding an innocent charm one would expect from a teenager.

Many will be familiar with 'Medicine Man', which was released as a single last year, and album opener 'All The Right Moves' follows in a similar vein, kicking you in the shins and leaving a nice little bruise.

'Down' and the more upbeat 'Against The Grain' leave you covered in the mud from the Delta Swamp while slow blues burner 'Just One Question' is reminiscent of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac where Keylock lets the guitar express his feelings.

Lyrically he bares his soul on 'Falling Again' and the searching 'Try' while 'Spin The Bottle' has a good time Georgia Satellites groove to it.

There any many influences to be found on this album but none more so than Rory Gallagher with its hard driving blues and even the album title tips its hat to the Irishman.

'Cut Against The Grain' shows plenty of future promise but when Keylock grows older and gets his heart ripped out by an unscrupulous lady and then drowns his sorrows in an empty bottle of whiskey, will we see what he's really made of? But until then a promising star has started to shine.

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MetalTalk's Mark Taylor met up with Aaron Keylock on his recent UK tour where the young, confident guitarist spoke about the recording of 'Cut Against The Grain', his expectations plus a whole lot more.



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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