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Kampfar is one of Odins 100 names. It was the battle cry the vikings used to get power destroying the enemies in war. Kampfar started up in 1994 as a duo, releasing two full albums and two EP’s. After a short time of silence they became a 4 piece in 2003, releasing three full albums between 2006 – 2011, touring many times through Europe and North America as well as playing huge festivals like Wacken, Hellfest, With Full Force, Summerbreeze, Inferno, Brutal Assault ect… The music reflects the Nordic nature with Black Metal as closest genre. The band uses Rotosound BS66 bass guitar strings.
What Kampfar say about Rotosound
The BS 66 is perfect for drop D tuning, playability/tone is glorious and they last extremely long
If you’d spent the last few years of your life wrapped up in an album like Star Of Love, you’d go looking for a little respite, too. Crystal Fighters’ debut was the product of minds made manic by a deluge of fresh experience, both in the studio and on the road. It was inspired by an opera written by a man whose sanity disintegrated before he could finish it. It seemed to be influenced just as much by traditional Basque music from the 18th century as it was modern-day clubland, and contained residual traces of every genre, scene, style or party that had existed in-between.
But if album one was the sound of haywire electronic loops frantically kept spinning like plates on sticks, then album two is the story of Crystal Fighters mastering control of those rave repetitions, withdrawing from the chaos of the club to carve their music into the shape of songs.
To write the album, Crystal Fighters retreated to the Basque hills that they consider to be their spiritual home. Their music has always born traces of the local sound –traditional instruments like txalapartas and txistus vying in the mix with razor’s edge guitars and percolating techno synths – but the purpose of this mission was different. Immersed in their creative cradle, they wanted to tap into something beyond their immediate experience, to uproot themselves from temporal bounds in order to write timeless songs.
These methods proved to be spectacularly successful – Crystal Fighters wrote Cave Rave in its entirety during this two-month spell. There followed a quick detour to Los Angeles to produce the tracks, but after this it was still the songs written in the Basque country that remained most audible – only now the melodies found there had been sharpened into hooks, songs exploded into towering anthems. This revelatory process also exposed the band to a new way of thinking: a realisation that even the cultures they considered traditional are comparatively new. The album draws deeper into universal, history-permeating themes of love, death, insanity and hope; using Basque culture as a stepping stone backward to the spiritual and primal.
The musical influences have widened too. Star Of Love was a manic, genre picking rush yet Cave Rave expands the sound palette even further. The beating hearts of Hispanic and African dance and Mexican electronic music 3bal now sit alongside folk and psychedelia, each artfully interpreted and united by the band’s unconfined vision.
If Crystal Fighters have surrendered to the power of the song, they haven’t run up the white flag in terms of energy. What’s here is still an adrenal rush, and there is an awful lot here: the grandstanding of American road rock, the sweat of disco, the fervent initiative of punk, the house of Iberian twilights that anticipates everything coming very soon, all at once. What’s changed is Crystal Fighters’ ability to control those surges – and as such Cave Rave feels a considerably more thoughtful and contemplative album than its predecessor.
Nevertheless, it has at its heart the same tension that provides all great records their emotional traction. Sebastian Pringle, Gilbert Vierich, and Graham Dickson are the three core members of Crystal Fighters, around whom a larger cadre of vocalists and instrumentalists revolve. They’re the kind of people whose brains seem to be bubbling pots, all intensely preoccupied with anthropology, time travel, spirituality and their place in the universe, even as they’re attempting to create the kind of cohesive sonic pieces that really connect and move people. They seem passionate about creating music that can make people dance, but that is equally adept at finding its way beneath a listener’s skin.
With Cave Rave, they Pringle, Vierich and Dickson have managed just that. The melodies, hooks and refrains of the album are so compelling it’s almost as if Crystal Fighters had to devise them simply to navigate a way across the landscapes of their own avid genrelessness, to remain as masters of music that itself seems to be a disputed territory. Here you have a band hell-bent on locating their own musical heaven, a place beyond petty genre parameters, where all that remains, finally, is song, rhythm and sentiment, bursting in vivid colour from the dark of the silent Basque night.
What Crystal Fighters say about Rotosound
We always look for quality accessories – items we know will not let us down on stage. Rotosound gives us just that
NO SECOND CHANCE are a hardcore band hailing from London, UK – Formed in January 2010 the band have had a heavy tour schedule since forming and have covered the majority of Europe and the US East Coast. The bands style is a crushing blend of dark and metallic heavy hardcore, trimmed of subtleties.
No Second Chance recently released their third release, “Face Reality” on Rucktion Records in the UK having previously had a release on Belgium’s Goodlife Recordings. NSC continue to hit the European roads for the remainder of the year ahead of plans to return to the US in early 2014 to accompany the band’s second full length release due out worldwide on US label Eulogy Recordings.
What No Second Chance say about Rotosound
Rotosound strings are what we’ve grown to learn as the best in the industry for sound, quality and reliability – using anything else just isn’t the same
Born and raised in the south of the Netherlands, Alex discovered guitar playing at the age of 8. Inspired by family and the passion for music, he worked hard to make sure his fingers knew every grip on the guitars neck. However, after a couple of years he lost interest in the guitar as he definately found out the wasn’t going to be the new Edward van Halen.
He switched to bass and has been glued to it ever since.After playing in several school bands, his playing progressed and his ambitions grew even faster. At the age of 17 he joined his first real band and made his first steps on stages out of his hometown. With several cover bands he played local festivals, bars and clubs.
His big desire to play original material came with the years too and so he joined his first band that played only originals. Resulting in his first demotapes and soon after his first record contract. Of course the band made it to world fame in a second… the band never made an album though… they made one but it has never seen the light of day.
Our brave boy struggled on and joined several successful (and some less successful) bands before joining the dutch rockers of Mennen. Alex recorded three studio albums and two live records with Mennen. Besides the recording, Mennen toured all over Europe and did two mini tours in the USA.
Mennen played Wacken Open Air 3 times and were special guest or support act for legends like Molly Hatchet, Gotthard, Dio, Whitesnake and the Scorpions to name a few. Alex is also found on the Scorpions Unbreakable record and too many to name other productions. Mennen disbanded in 2010 and Alex moved to the south of Germany.
Now, in 2013, Alex is back on the road, playing with FOX from Switzerland. The band have a new album coming out on the 30th August, and are touring from August through to December.
Alex uses Rotosound Swing Bass 66 strings.
What Alex Jansen says about Rotosound
I only want the best and Rotosound fits that description!
As you’ll no doubt know, Duff McKagan’s had a busy career. Having played bass with Velvet Revolver, Guns N Roses and Jane’s Addiction, there’s rarely been a dull moment. Duff’s now working with his new band, Walking Papers – a band that produce ‘dark, sensual and sinister’ sounds. Their first, self-titled, album was released on August 6th. Talking to Rolling Stone Magazine, Duff said “There was a gig we played in Paris where everybody had their eyes shut. I think it was ‘I’ll Stick Around’ – everybody was so into it, I could’ve gone and pickpocketed everybody,” he says. “So it must pulse in a certain way that affects an audience differently than other things I’ve done in the past.” Check out the album by clicking here.
We were pleased to receive an email yesterday from the White Lies guys, who are preparing to launch their new album, Big TV. To kick things off, they performed 3 intimate nights at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen in London, and shared the video below with us. This performance is 100% live, with no backing tracks. Enjoy! And keep your eye out for the album launch…
At this years V Festival, three accomplished bass players, Michael ‘Smooth Groove’ Hamilton, Andrea Goldsworthy and Henry Guy, will be supporting the very talented, multi-award winning ladies, Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Katy B. Getting the fans jumping up and down with their simple but effective crunching guitars will be Oliver Mann and Ryan Wilson of the Pigeon Detectives ably joined by bassist Dave Best. Plus following on from their sensational set at Glastonbury, another band sure to get the crowd on their feet, The Vaccines, with guitarists Justin Hayward and Freddie Cowan with bassist Arni Arnason.
Rotosound also have over twelve endorsees at the Reading and Leeds Festivals; On the main stage Mikey Demus, from the UK’s premier reggae metal band Skindred will be using his signature strings to get the sharp rock sound he is famous for. The critically acclaimed White Lies, with a new album due this summer, has guitarist Harry McVeigh and bassist Charles Cave using Rotosound strings to get their own distinctive sound. So do guitarists Mathew Healy and Adam Ham with bassist Ross Mcdonald from the well-received indie band The 1975, who also have a new album out soon.
Also at Reading and fresh from conquering Glastonbury, T in the Park and Latitude, comes Tom Higgins, guitarist and Cavan McCarthy, bassist from on the rise band Swim Deep. The Festival Republic stage will be able to trip out with neo-psychedelic band Temples and their bass player Tom Warmsley. The NME/BBC Radio1 stage will see party loving band Peace and bass player Samuel Koisser, recently nominated as BBC Sound of 2013. Plus the cause of many an explosive festival scene, the Jim Jones Revue and bassist Gavin Jay will bring their own particular brand of rock and roll to the party. Last but not least, Hacktavist, pioneers of the ‘djent’ genre, who, along with bassist Josh Gurner will be playing some of their dense complex music.
To find out more about these Rotosound endorsees, the strings they use and how to but them and much more visit http://www.rotosound.com
Daniel Firth first began making a name for himself as a solid and aggressive bassist with Scottish death metal stalwarts, Man Must Die. A successful recording venture with them in 2012 eventually led to Dan being asked to join the notorious British extreme metal institution, Cradle of Filth. First contributing bass to their tenth album, ‘The Manticore and Other Horrors’, he subsequently took on the role of live bassist for all of their tours across the world in its support.
Now in 2013 he remains an active part of both Cradle of Filth and Man Must Die, with the latter currently on the verge of releasing their much anticipated fourth full-length. Slated for an October release through Grindscene Records in the UK and Lifeforce Records for the rest of the world, it promises to be the start of a great new chapter in the band’s history, accompanied by a slew of live shows that will surely carry on their reputation for intense and brutal performances. Daniel uses Rotosound RS66LE bass strings.
What Daniel Firth says about Rotosound
I’ve been using Rotosound strings since I first picked up the bass guitar and have always been able to depend on them. I’ve tried other brands over the years, but haven’t ever found anything that can quite compare to their quality of tone. I love the lasting brightness and warmth, plus they can take the hard-hitting aggression of metal bass playing and keep giving when other strings fall flat!
Brazilian bassist Junior Ribeiro BRAGUINHA entered the music world at a very young age; taking his first steps playing in a church band with his father, then making his first professional recordings at age 14. Since then he has been focusing on developing versatility and mastering various techniques and rhythms. His dedication and diligence has enabled him to create and own a peculiar playing style; blending unique origins of Brazilian music, jazz, fusion, funk, and world music.
He has made his mark in the Brazilian gospel and secular market, playing and recording with various artists, which include: Raiz Coral, Leila Moreno, Sérgio SAAS, Jack Ribas, Thalles Roberto, Graça Cunha, Leonardo Gonçalves, Audiophilicos (Dave Matthews Cover), Daniela Araujo, Julio Cesar (Ídolos), Ton Carfi, Melk Villar, Banda Gerd, Paloma Possi, Renato Max, Rafael Araujo, Bob Jonathon, Coral Kemuel, Mari Rocha, and Família Soul.
Braguinha has also worked with renowned Brazilian artists such as: Cacau Santos, André Guede, Fininho Drums, Mangoth, Alexandre Aposan, Miguel Garcia, Moises Alves, Luiz Ribeiro, Silvio Depieri, Jorginho Neto, Cleverson Silva, Marcelo Feritas, Jessé, and Ivan Teixeira. Braguinha uses Rotobass RB45 strings.
What Braguinha says about Rotosound
‘Rotosound strings are the best quality. Only very prestigious artists are in the Rotosound roster and it would be an honour to be part of the family’
Dave Rimmer joined Uriah Heep in March 2013 as a replacement for Trevor Bolder, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Prior to this he was a member of Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction since early 2000, writing and recording on two albums Rock Savage (2005, Cosmodelic Records) and We are Volsung (2010, SPV/Steamhammer). He is also a regular member of legendary Camden Town rock covers band Metalworks, featuring Richie Faulkner from Judas Priest, Les Binks (ex-Judas Priest), Pete Friesen (ex- The Almighty/Alice Cooper) and many other prestigious guests.
Dave started playing bass at the age of 11 years old. He was self-taught, playing along with vinyl records such as Queen, Uriah Heep, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Van Halen and so on. His bass influences are John Deacon, Trevor Bolder, Geezer Butler, Bob Daisley, Neil Murray, Billy Sheehan, James Lomenzo, Juan Alderete. With Billy Sheehan being one of his sources of inspiration, it seems fitting that Dave uses Billy Sheehan’s signature Rotosound strings, as well as Rotosound Swing Bass strings.
What Davey Rimmer says about Rotosound
‘Rotosound provide that classic grind, which no other string can produce!’
Find out more about Davey Rimmer and Uriah Heep at uriahheep.com