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CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

Veröffentlicht am 9. Mai 2018 von Markus W. in '77, Bright Gloom, News, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, Century Media

CD review '77 "Bright Gloom"

(7/10) Since quite some years I‘m fascinated by the irresistible energy '77 spreads on their releases and even more on stage. The quarter from Spain seems to inhale the rock‘n‘roll spirit and exhale pure rock power. The quartet shows this full-blast approach on four longplayers more than well and it’s record number five that’s supposed to strengthen their position even more.

„Bright Gloom“, which is the title of the band‘s new album, doesn‘t take a different road compared to the known. Classic hardrock is what the band celebrates on the longplayer and it‘s „Bread & Circus“ that helps the '77 to get out of the boxes very well.

What I have to say though is that, even after a few turns, the record doesn‘t reveal some irresistible smashers, songs that just wow you from beginning to end. Don‘t get me wrong. None of the eleven tunes is a bad one and tracks like „Where Have They Gone“ are cool rock songs. They just miss the final spark that makes the song blowing your speakers.

However, „Bright Gloom“ is still far away from being a disappointment. „You Better Watch Out“ is a cool grooving rocker and it‘s songs like „Last Chance“ a lot of youngsters would love to have in their repertoire.

‘77 newest sonic thunderstruck is a cool rocking album, done by an enthusiastic band that strengthens their position in today‘s rock community – not more, but also not less. Well deserved seven points go to Barcelona.





  1. Bread & Circus
  2. Hands Up
  3. Who's Fighting Who
  4. Be Crucified
  5. Where Have They Gone
  6. It's Near
  7. You Better Watch Out
  8. Fooled by Love
  9. Last Chance
  10. I Want My Money Back
  11. Make Up Your Mind


Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 27th, 2018


Live review DANKO JONES, '77, DEAD LORD, Den Haag, 20.11.2015

Veröffentlicht am 22. November 2015 von Markus W. in Danke Jones, '77, Dead Lord, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Punkrock, News, Live Review

A package consisting out of Danko Jones, '77 and Dead Lord is something you shouldn't miss, esp. when they have a stop in your town for playing a show. 

It was on Friday night when this rock'n'roll caravan came to Den Haag for a gig at the Paard Van Troje. 

The first ones that entered the stage have been the four guys from Stockholm that operate under the name of Dead Lord. Their latest album "Heads Held High" was released in late summer this year and since then the band seems to be constantly on tour. I have seen the guys a few month ago when they supported Wolf. Already at that time their show was pure rock'n'roll fun, even though it was on a very small stage in the Cafe in De Boerderij in Zoetermeer.

During time things got even better. Dead Lord didn't get tired by all this touring. Actually the opposite is the case. The band had a lot of fun on stage, the venue was already filled very well when the four-piece started their show and the 30 minutes of Dead Lord's classic rock was a great opening into an excellent hardrock night. The whole thing climaxed in the smoking amplifier of Hakim Krim. I can't tell you if it was real or show. However, the effect was cool.

The next level of this hardrock rocket was ignited by '77. With them it's similar than what I mentioned about Dead Lord. The four guys from Barcelona gained a lot of tightness and self-convidence over the last months.

I was curious to see them live again, because those guys are literally breathing hardrock. If you want to see a band with awesome stage acting, great psoing, big rock postures and pure energy, than  I can recommend you to watch a '77 gig. Yes, their music is very inspired by AC/DC, but so what. Those guys have the right attitude and the right sprit which is something that is highly appreciated by their fans. 

The coolest moment of '77's show was when guitarist LG Valeta jumped of the stage, turned a round through the entire venue, performed with the fans and not only for the fans, just to return back on stage for finalizing the song. This actually happened twice during the set; something that visualizes the closeness of the band and fans very well.

'77 rocked the Paard Van Troje and prepared the crowd for the headliner - Danko Jones.

So, we had Sweden, we had Spain; now it was time for the man the most fans came for - Mr. Danko Jones.

The Canadian guitar maniac set down another pretty cool rock'n'roll show. 75 minutes of Danko Jones (it could have been a bit longer) feels like being caught in a musical tornado that spits you out after the last song.

The guy from Toronto and the stage - that is one unit. Not only being a fanatic guitar player, Danko Jones stands also for energetic entertainment. It's more than just music; it's the entire package that is worth to watch and listen to.

The stage wass set very puristic. A drum kit, a few amplifiers and a few speakers - that's it. The rest is Jones, supported by a tight playing rhythm secion with John Calabrese and Rich Knox. This trio pushed like hell.

Tunes that covered all phases of Danko's releases have been part of the set. Fortunatelly the biggest focus was on the newest release "Fire Music". Songs like "The Twisted Knife" and "Body Bag" are already cool on the album, but in a live environment the tracks gain even more and are pure rock anthems.

This fact was also confirmed by the reaction of the fans. The good vibe during the first four songs was obvious, but during "The Twisted Knive" the crowd partied hard.

In addition to the Danko Jones numbers also "Die, Die My Baby" from the Misfits have been played and Thin Lizzy was honoured with a cover version too. "Are You Ready" has been the first track of the encore and both songs indicate the broad musical influences and preferences of the iconic guitarist from Toronto.

All in all: cool show, great music, excellent bands, lots of fun, adrenalized fans = perfect Friday.


Live review DANKO JONES, '77, DEAD LORD, Den Haag, 20.11.2015

Setlist Danko Jones:

  1. The Rules
  2. Play the Blues
  3. Sugar Chocolate
  4. Forget My Name
  5. The Twisted Knife
  6. Die, Die My Darling 
  7. Samual  Sin
  8. First Date
  9. Do You Wanna Rock
  10. Had Enough
  11. Code of the Road
  12. Legs
  13. Invisible
  14. Watch You Slide
  15. Cadillac
  16. Lovercall
  17. Gonna Be a Fight Tonight
  18. Are You Ready (Encore)
  19. Body Bags (Encore)
  20. Full of Regret (Encore)
  21. Mountain (Encore)


Location: Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, The Netherlands

Date: 20.11.2015


CD review '77 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"

Veröffentlicht am 31. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in '77, ACDC, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, News, CD Review, Blues, Thin Lizzy

(7/10) You could make life easy for yourself and label '77 as the Spanish AC/DC. But this would be far too easy, even though the five-piece from Australia can be seen as a major inspiration for '77's sound. But the four-guys from Barcelona are more than just a copycat.

'77 at its best is what you get if you see them live. I still can remember their great performance when they opened for Audrey Horne a few months ago. Their show was fully based on power and energy, all combined with well-crafted hardrock songs that are made for a party.

The new album "Nothing's gonna stop us" has the gained self-confidence of the guys already in its name. The bands forth longplayer is a next step for '77 that takes them a bit away from AC/DC by adding some more Thin Lizzy and 70's Kiss to their sound. Traditional classic rock also gains momentum when it comes to those guys. This is something that I had to get used to, but after a few times listening to the album I have to say that it makes sense.

The four guys from Spain don't reinvent rock'n'roll, but the enjoy it and they live rock'n'roll. '77's music makes fun, is entertaining and, again, works best in a live environment.

"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" is a cool 70's based hardrock album that gives you a good time. Check it out.





  1. It's Alright
  2. Tonight
  3. Come & Join Us
  4. Street Dogs
  5. Nothin' Gonna Stop Us Now
  6. GMDF
  7. Tightrope
  8. Still Waiting
  9. No One Like You
  10. She Makes Me
  11. Too Young to Go
  12. We Want More Rock and Roll


Label: Century Media

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2015


CD review '77 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us"

New video from '77

Veröffentlicht am 14. September 2015 von Markus W. in '77, News, Video, ACDC, Hardrock, Rock, Blues, Classic Rock

Spanish rock'n'rollers '77 posted a first new song from the upcoming new record "Nothing Is Gonna Stop Us". The 1st song is called "It's Alright" and it's just one click away...


Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Veröffentlicht am 30. November 2014 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, '77, Pet The Preacher, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, Live Review, News

A Saturday night and rock'n'roll is a good combination. Can't be better. It was the Baroeg in Rotterdam that hosted one of those rock Saturday nights yesterday. A triple power rock package, being on the road right now in Europe, stopped in the Dutch harbor city to rock the house. Audrey Horne is the headliner of the tour supported by the Spanish four-piece '77 and Danish Pet The Preacher.

It was the Danish dynamite trio that had to warm-up the crowd. Unfortunatley I missed the Pet The Preacher show but what I heard was that the guys did a good job. And knowing their powerful hardrock/classic rock sound I can easily imagine that.

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Than it was time for '77. The band from Barcelona made clear that Spain rocks. The big idols of '77 are AC/DC. They get lot of inspiration from the guys from down under. '77 plays straight-forward hardrock that is very much riff-based and has those typical AC/DC basslines. Actually music for live shows.

And that is also what the crowd got that night. In almost an hour the band burned down the Baroeg. The songs sounded live even better than on the album. It was amazing how tight they played together - esp. since they had two new guys on bass and drums. But the two youngsters did a great job. And in the end it is also the entertainment talent of the Valeta brothers that is a real success factor of '77. The two guys have been constantly in action, moved from the left to the right, played in front of the stage and actually took a round through the venue while still playing the six-string. This is rock'n'roll and if you haven't heard from the band before you should go to see them live.

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

This put a lot of pressure on Audrey Horne. Could they top such a show? Yes, they did. Bergen is more than only rain, clouds, black metal and death metal. At least since Audrey Horne started many years ago.

The focus of the five-piece from Norway was on their latest longplayer "Pure heavy". And their show was exactly this - 'pure heavy'. After the Muppets show theme as an intro they started with two highlights from the new album. "Wolf in my heart" and my fave "Holy roller" have set the tone of voice for the coming 90 minutes. A few more song from "Pure heavy" have got a spot on the setlist like "Volcano girl", "tales from the crypt" and a few more.

In the second half of the show Audrey Horne revealed also some older stuff. "Redemption blues" from "Youngblood" has been performed as well as "Blaze odf ashes" from the self-titled second album. Only songs from the first two albums have been missing. But however - each of the sixteen performed rock tunes was a highlight anyhow.

Also remarkable was the power the band spread from the first to the last note. Toschie was constantly in action. The trio Ice Dale, Thomas Tofthagen and Espen Lien was posing in best rock'n'roll style and Kjetil Greve's punch on drums was the merciless motor behind the other guys.

In the end things get really unique. The band actually left the stage and performed in the crowd while they have given the stage to a guy filming (I'm curious when this lands on YouTube). So you had Toschie, Thomas, Ice and Espen standing in the middle of the venue surrounded by fans which went crazy. This was a pure rock'n'roll feeling. And while other bands talk about being close to their fans Audrey Horne practiced it. Respect.

It was great evening with bands that are for sure fun to watch and listen to live. The tour continues through the UK, Germany and few more contries. If I would be you I would go there. Pure fun and pure heavy.

Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Setlist Audrey Horne:

  1. Intro: Muppets show theme
  2. Wolf in my heart
  3. Holy roller
  4. Youngblood
  5. There goes the lady
  6. Volcano girl
  7. Out of the city
  8. Tales from the crypt
  9. Pretty little sunshine
  10. Into the wild
  11. Show and tell
  12. Blaze of ashes
  13. Straight into the grave
  14. Redemption blues (Encore)
  15. Waiting for the night (Encore)
  16. This ends here (Encore)


Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014
Live review AUDREY HORNE, '77, and PET THE PREACHER, Baroeg, Rotterdam, 29.11.2014

Interview with Torkjell "Toschie" Rød from AUDREY HORNE

Veröffentlicht am 13. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Audrey Horne, '77, Pet The Preacher, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Interview

Norwegian classic rockers Audrey Horne released a new album a few days ago. MHMB wanted to know a bit more about „Pure heavy“. I was talking to singer Toschie some days ago and he gave some new insights into the album and also a preview on the upcoming tour in autumn. Here you go:




Markus Heavy Music Blog: Hi Toschie. Great having the chance to talk to you. How are you?


Toschie: I’m good, thanks.


MHMB: Are you in Bergen right now - and is it raining (note: Bergen has a lot of rain due to geographical circumstances)


Toschie: No, actually we had a great summer this year. But there is a lot of rain supposed to come during the weekend.


MHMB: Something more pleasant is the fact that you guys have a new album up and running. How does it feel?


Toschie: It’s always a great feeling. It is something you work on for a long time, you develop it, you ‚polish‘ it’ and you want it to be as good as possible. So when a new album is being released it is very exciting since there is the curiosity about how people will perceive the record. It’s about the question if the fans like the new stuff or if it’s only us who likes it. 

So far we have received really good reviews on our album and this gives us of course a good feeling.


MHMB: I have to say that I like it too. And I can see some development during the last albums. It seems that you guys have taken away the melancholic parts in your songs.


Toschie: That's right. It just happened. We never really planned to change our music. But we adjusted the way we wrote music and we also recorded differently. On the first two albums we had the situation that Arve was sitting at his place and wrote some music. Thomas was doing the same thing. Than I actually came over to both of them and added the melody lines and the lyrics. After that we went into the studio with those finished songs, which we actually haven’t really played so far. During time we recognized that something is missing. We had the feeling that this typical live atmosphere isn’t on our albums. That was the kickstart for changing the way of how we wrote music. We began to work on new stuff all together in the rehearsal room and also tried to record live - all together. By doing this we had the idea to get the right attitude and energy on the album.

This way of working had an impact on our music. It is something different if you sitting at home with your guitar in your lap compared to the new approach. That’s one reason why the album lost the melancholy from your earlier releases.

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

MHMB: Classic rock got a bigger focus on „Pure heavy“. The alternative metal trademarks of the first albums are almost gone over time. Was this also due to the new way of working?


Toschie: The before said also had an influence on the more classic rock approach on the new album. It is basically the fact that all of us has listened to the same bands when we were young. Since we worked all togther those influences came more up to the surface again and had an impact on our music.. 


MHMB: This might also added a certain ease to „Pure heavy“. It feels like you guys did what you wanted to do instead of recording what you had to record.


Toschie: Yeah, it’s that, but it’s also the we are became older. And if you get older you start to care less. Things that have been really important when we started twelve years ago are less important today. We have chosen the approach of ‚let’s go out and focus on something that we enjoy‘. The rest doesn’t matter.


MHMB: If you compare „Youngblood“ and „Pure heavy“, where do you see the biggest differences?


Toschie: In the end it is very much the same. We wrote „Pure heavy“ in the same way as we did „Youngblood“, we recorded it in the same way and we also taped it live. The difference is that on the new record we wanted to use the benefits of the recording studio. We wanted to make the sound a bit bigger. We did some more overdubs, we used some samples and played around with some ideas regarding the sound. So „Youngblood’ is much more of a band playing live while the new album added another dimension to it. This is something which we always do. We don’t want to repeat ourselves constantly. We want to bring it to the next level.


MHMB:„Pure heavy“ has in the middle of the album an intermezzo called „Diamond“. It’s a full acoustic song and my thought was: Are you trying out if a ballad also would work for Audrey Horne?


Toschie: We started to write songs for „Pure heavy“ quite shortly after releasing „Youngblood“ and all the new material was meant to be on the new album. One exception: „Diamond“. This track is actually out of the „Le fol“ session. We wanted to do a slow song at that time. But for the one or the other reason we never finished it. While working on the new record we came across „Diamond“ and we recognized that it’s a pretty good song. So we sat down and finished the track. We kept it there, as you said, as an intermezzo and we realized that it shouldn't be too long. It’s enough to keep it short and acoustic. It actually was Jørgen, the producer, who convinced us based on the lyrics to keep it on vocals and guitars onl. And it works pretty well.

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

Photo: Napalm Records (Promo)

MHMB: Toschie, I heard a rumor regarding  „Tales from the crypt’.Is it true that you guys wanted to record the song together with Joan Jett?


Toschie: This is true. When we wrote the song we noticed that the guitars on that song are kept very simple and to the point. I just said, that it feels like a song Joan Jett should sing on. So we contacted our manager and asked him to try to get hold of her to see, if she is interested in doing something. But we couldn’t get in touch with her and we had to go to the studio. Time was running at that time. So we it was a good idea, but we did the song for ourselves.


MHMB: My personal highlight on the album is „Holy roller“. This song just blew me a way when I heard it the first time. I hope you guys have it on the setlist for the coming tour.


Toschie: Oh believe me - it will be there since we love to play this song live.


MHMB: Talking about the tour. Audrey Horne will be on tour this autumn in Europe. You’re supported by ’77 and Pet The Preacher. Do you know those guys already?


Toschie: I never met them so far but of course I heard their music. Pet The Preacher was fairly new to me while I knew about '77. I think it will be great tour since all bands are really good ones and fit perfectly together in a rock package. After touring with different bands like Enslaved and Solstafir in the past it's this time more a ‚good time hardrock' combination. 


MHMB: Toschie, is there something more from your side for the fans?


Toschie: Not that much, but I want to say to all the readers that they should check our new album "Pure heavy" and that they should come to our shows. As you mentioned we will have a tour now during autumn, but we are also planning an new tour in the beginning of 2015 to visit even more cities.


MHMB: That's good news. Thanks a lot for your time and we'll see each other on tour.


Toschie: Thanks for having me.