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Gizz Butler Celebrates 40 Years at the Cutting Edge of Metal and Punk Guitar with Arse-Kicking Masterclass

Artist: Janus Stark
Title: Angel in the Flames
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Artist: Janus Stark
Title: Angel in the Flames
Release: Album
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F.F.O: The Living End; The Wildhearts; The Ruts; Foo Fighters


“A great melodic kick up the arse” – Dave Grohl

Gizz Butt has earned a unique place among rock’s legendary guitarists for his groundbreaking fusion of hardcore punk and technically accomplished heavy metal guitar ferocity and his latest album with his band, Janus Stark, sees him at the peak of his powers. From his first recognition internationally in the early 80’s with the band English Dogs, recognized by heavy metal behemoths Metallica as an early influence on their sound, through to his stellar work with Crass (Last Supper) and The Prodigy, Gizz’s style has kept him at the forefront of British rock guitar innovators, earning plaudits from luminaries such as Dave Grohl and David Bowie.

Despite his influence on heavy metal, Gizz never strayed too far from his punk roots and Gizz’s number was on speed dial as the go-to guitarist for an impressive roster of classic UK punk bands, including Crass (featuring original lead vocalist Steve Ignorant), The Destructors, plus UK SUBS and The Stupids. Angel in the Flames allows Gizz to really let loose on his guitar, combining melodic punk melodies and the furious punishment of his six-string in some of the most stunning performances of his career. Fresh from a full UK tour alongside rock stalwarts, The Wildhearts, this is Gizz’s most personal work yet.

The mid 1990s saw Gizz achieve an unprecedented level of exposure when he was personally sought out by The Prodigy, who were looking for a suitable guitarist who could handle the hyper intensity of their incredible live shows, leading to him touring with the band throughout the band’s most successful period spanning 1996-2000. It was during this explosive time that no less than David Bowie himself declared himself a fan of Gizz; The Dame personally congratulating the guitarist after watching Prodigy’s live set from the wings during a major European music festival.

Following a brief stint with Goth legends, Fields of the Nephilim, Butt’s other ongoing projects include the German alt-metal band Pyogenesis but it’s his most recent work with melodic punk band Janus Stark which has drawn praise from fellow rock luminaries Foo Fighters and Die Toten Hosen. With a refreshed line-up, a mere twenty years after their first album, Janus Stark’s new release is Angel in Flames, the album Gizz has always wanted to make and the sound of a punk virtuoso guitarist at the height of his powers.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/janusstark1
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Website: http://janusstark.co.uk/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/janusstark/sets/great-adventure-cigar
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/35ywrI6y0uJlytgs64mRu0
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvojYWweW4HL3RNMFJR49Xg

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No1 Showcase: The Art Of David Hicks

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David Hicks is a photographer who is just as interested in the behind-the-scenes stories as he is in the stories themselves. A true photojournalist, Hicks aims to capture every aspect of waking life.

Whether that be everyday activities on the streets of Cuba to the passionate and dynamic tango culture in Buenos Aries, Hicks will be there to experience it and share it. He says of his tango collection: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in its current form in the mid-1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention. So, this very sexual dance you see now was born out of the reality for men in those old days. Nowadays, you see it performed often, usually on the street corners of Buenos Aires, with live musicians or a pre-recorded soundtrack, and they do it for the tips!”

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No1 News: The Mad Game Embark On Their Latest Rage Against The Machine

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It can always be a struggle when you music possesses such a crucial and pertinent message and yet you’re blocked by the damning limitations of ‘going under the radar’ – electronic animated anarchists ‘The Mad Game’ know this all too well.

The band’s debut EP, ‘Player One’, is a righteous middle finger to what they describe as ‘The Mad Game’ – the absurdities in society that have been integrated as the status quo – after tangling with governments, security services and local mafia. Their message of outrage and vitriol is a potent one found across the EPs five tracks – a mere morsel of their true potential – and is certainly enough to make listeners pay attention.

The trio’s soundscape is an eclectic one: the righteous indignation of the best punk music married beautifully to the jarring and skittish landscapes of the best electronica. The lead track, ‘Game Over ‘, in particular makes a phenomenal first impression to the animated anarchists with members Sonu, Karla and Sonya giving their respective inputs to this chilling three-pronged attack. What these newcomers nail best is their sincerity.

It’s hard to take such a venomous assault from someone you don’t genuinely believe has lived through the horrors that they detail – The Mad Game give off no such illusion. What you hear is authentic and those unaware of the band’s craft will soon learn to such things. It makes for a truly gripping and inspiring experience.

This is not a project that anyone should overlook regardless of their tastes; thoughtful, well crafted and genuine music. Not something 2021 receives in surplus.

Follow The Mad Game below: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MadGameOfficial Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madgameofficial/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Aqc6ubzXLDlNUw6qYV35 Bandcamp: https://madgameofficial.bandcamp.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUhBz3vBndOL6fV__qTn-qQ

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No1 Finds: Tunetables – A Stylish Solution To Music Storage

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“The Tunetables idea was borne,” says Rob Chappelhow, the man behind a range of ingenious new storage solutions, “out of a personal desire to have my music collection around me once again.”

That’s something all of us record-collector’s can empathise with. Now, I’ve banged on before about how, for many of us, digital streaming doesn’t cut it. Streaming services are great, but for a large number of us hard-core music fans, we want something we can hold in our sweaty hands, right? But, once you have all those lovely records, where do you put them?

Flat-pack shelving is fine, but it’s hardly inspiring. That’s where the Tunetables range comes into its own. More words from Rob Chappelhow, who explains that the idea came to him during a visit to  the Joe Strummer Archive exhibition in the basement of Fred Perry’s flagship store in Covent Garden – “Set out under an acrylic plinth was Strummer’s personal tape cassette collection…his musical heritage and inspiration perfectly showcased.”

It was totally spellbinding. I soon started to conceptualise how I could create my own version of this…a personal time capsule of life-affirming music. I wanted something that could be inherently useful, something that I would see and use every day, and that would be a talking point for like-minded music enthusiasts.”

And lo! Tunetables was born… What Chappelhow has done is to take brand new music-equipment flight-cases (the type we are well-used to seeing lugged around by roadies and musicians) and turn them into hand-crafted storage solutions for your CDs, tapes and vinyl. It’s a wonderful idea and, most importantly, they look great. As mentioned, each case is built by hand, and can be personalised with your own initials (or whatever you fancy). Storage ranges from 100 – 500 for CDs, 30 – 60 for tapes, and 75 for vinyl. That’s not a bad amount at all. I can see a lot of people going for this, from pro and semi-pro musicians to plain music-lovers such as myself. This is modern design with an old-school aesthetic. Check them out for yourself!

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