Remastered IRON CLAW now available as double album vinyl!

Iron Claw LPIRON CLAW – s/t 2-LP. The Vintage/Rockadrome label is happy to announce the gate-fold cover double album vinyl release of this early 70s Scottish underground heavy rock music. Iron Claw were stomping around the UK with the likes of Black Sabbath, Hackensack, Pink Fairies, Juicy Lucy and others from the time, but never released a proper album. Their name, Iron Claw, was taken from the first line in King Crimson’s song “21st Century Schizoid Man”. In the beginning, Iron Claw probably became the world’s first Black Sabbath tribute band, as they incorporated the entire first Black Sabbath LP and single into their set! As it turns out, Bassist Alex Wilson was the one who unearthed his personal recording of the oldest known concert tape of Black Sabbath, a 1969 gig recorded in Dumfries, Scotland! As time progressed, Iron Claw’s live sets included many originals as well as hanging on to some covers such as War Pigs, Fairies Wear Boots, Wicked World, Green Manalishi and Lady Whisky. This collection of sixteen original studio tracks documents their existence from 1970 thru 1974 and includes extensive liner notes, lyrics and photos inside the gatefold and on a 12″ insert. Also includes an 11×17 poster. For fans of Tear Gas, Leaf Hound,   Jerusalem, Ancient Grease, Toad, Incredible Hog, Elias Hulk! All new mastering for vinyl by Tony Reed!

It’s also available in a limited edition red vinyl package through the label website only. The special edition extras include:

  • RED vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
  • Embroidered patch (red logo with red border)
  • 4″ x 4″ sticker x 2 (cover art)
  • 1.5″ pinback button (logo)
  • IRON CLAW double-sided T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 70s tour dates/amplifiers on the back.

Iron Claw LP red vinyl

Track Listing:

Side One:

  1. Claustrophobia
  2. Mist Eye
  3. Skullcrusher
  4. Let it Grow

Side Two:

  1. Sabotage
  2. Crossrocker
  3. Winter

Side Three:

  1. Rock Band Blues
  2. Pavement Artist
  3. Strait Jacket
  4. Gonna Be Free

Side Four:

  1. Loving You
  2. Lightning
  3. All I Really Need
  4. Knock Em Dead
  5. Devils

 

Press:

“Best of all is the should-have-been-a-hit ‘Pavement Artist’, which hits all the right spots.” – Shindig!

“16 pulverizingly heavy early masterpieces of dirty doom metal, this is a can’t miss package for all fans of heavy psych, proto-metal and the early days of doom rock.” – The Ripple Effect

“This Scottish band are just ridiculously heavy and I think it’s a travesty that the 16 songs they wrote around 1970/1971 never got an official release until 2009. This whole album is just breathtaking.” – Terrorizer

40th anniversary ICECROSS vinyl reissue is out now!

Icecross CDICECROSS – Icecross LP. We are very proud to announce the 40th anniversary LP reissue of this 1973 Icelandic hard rock underground monster that’s been the target of collectors for at least two decades! Carefully remastered for pristine sound that lays waste to all the bootlegs that have come before. Includes 12 x 12 insert with liner notes, clippings and photographs and 11 x 17 poster featuring cover art and band photos celebrating 40th anniversary of this classic underground cult favorite. With quality poly-lined paper sleeve for record.

It’s also available in a limited edition (only 100 made) package direct from the Rockadrome label. This SPECIAL EDITION includes extras:

  • WHITE vinyl version (only 100 pressed) exclusively available from www.rockadrome.com in collector pack.
  • 3 x 3 embroidered patch
  • 4 x 4 sticker
  • 1.5 pinback button
  • Two-sided ICECROSS T-Shirt (Gildan pre-shrunk 100% cotton) with cover art on front and 40th anniversary commemoration on back

Icecross LP white vinyl

Icecross possess a unique and dark sound for their time which reveals influences ranging from Sabbath to Crimson to Blue Oyster Cult and beyond all melded together in such a way to form their distinct Icecross style. Considered proto-metal by many, though they don’t achieve this with a typical smash your face approach. Instead, Icecross unleash some killer inventive guitar sounds by way of Leslie speakers combined with wild ominous bass lines, frantic drumming, spooky effected vocals and splendid use of bow to create a perfect dark heavy guitar album. One of the few, if not the only, Icelandic band inspired by Sabbath at that time.

For fans of Leaf Hound, Blue Cheer, Elias Hulk, Iron Claw, Jerusalem, Necronomicon, Hairy Chapter, Incredible Hog, Dust, Pentagram, Flower Travellin’ Band and the like.

All tracks are self-composed and sung in English:

Side One:

  1. Wandering Around
  2. Solution
  3. A Sad Mans Story
  4. Jesus Freaks

Side Two:

  1. 1999
  2. Scared
  3. Nightmare
  4. The End

Ashbury photos from European shows!

Ashbury Hammer of DoomAshbury recently finished playing their first ever European shows this past week with an appearance at Germany’s Hammer of Doom festival, followed by two nights at clubs in Greece, the latter being an acoustic set featuring the Davis brothers. All shows were a great success with most fans walking away mesmerized much like they were after Ashbury’s set at the Ragnarrokr fest in Chicago earlier this year.

Here are some links to some photos albums from facebook:

Hammer of Doom photos

You can find Ashbury on Facebook here.

Some video from Hammer of Doom here.

 

40th Anniversary reissue of ICECROSS now available!

Icecross CDThe 40th anniversary first official reissue of ICECROSS on the Vintage/Rockadrome label has arrived at the Rockadrome shop. This 1973 Icelandic hard rock underground monster has been the target of collectors for at least two decades! Carefully remastered for pristine sound that lays waste to all the bootlegs that have come before. 12-page booklet with liner notes, clippings and photographs.

ICECROSS possess a unique dark sound which reveals influences ranging from Sabbath to Crimson to Blue Oyster Cult and beyond all melded together in such a way to form their distinct Icecross style. Considered proto-metal by many, though they don’t achieve this with a typical smash your face approach. Instead, Icecross unleash some killer inventive guitar sounds by way of Leslie speakers combined with ominous effected bass lines and splendid use of bow to create a perfect dark heavy guitar album. One of the few, if not the only, Icelandic band inspired by Sabbath at that time.

ICECROSS – S/T CD (ROCK051-V-2) on the Vintage/Rockadrome label.

Track Listing:

  1. Wandering Around
  2. Solution
  3. A Sad Mans Story
  4. Jesus Freaks
  5. 1999
  6. Scared
  7. Nightmare
  8. The End

Press:

“Their album has been legendary among collectors for years. All in all this is an album of overwhelming power with an underlying, uncomfortably penetrating coldness. Obviously one for guitar lovers or those willing to delve into the more obscure history of heavy metal”  – Scented Gardens of the Mind

 

Ashbury and Winterhawk mesmerize the crowd at Ragnarokkr fest in Chicago!

Winterhawk Jordan MacarusRagnarokkr heavy metal fest hit the city of Chicago’s south loop area at Reggies on May 3rd-4th. In a surprise to some, Rockadrome label artists, Ashbury and Winterhawk were huge hits as both had the crowd chanting their names and left great impressions on everyone in attendance! The buzz was that they stole the weekend!

I’ve seen this latest incarnation of Winterhawk several years prior at the Alehorn of Power fest in Chicago and it’s always a pleasure to watch Jordan Macarus wield his homemade six string axe and slay the audience with his magical playing. If you’ve never seen them, you need to. At Ragnarokkr they played classics like Hammer and the Axe, There and Back Again, Free to Live and ‘new’ classic Larkin. It’s about time they headed over to Europe!

This was the first time I’ve seen Ashbury live and they were excellent. They entranced the crowd with their own brand of classic epic hard rock as they played classic tracks from the Endless Skies album and a few from their self-released follow up. These old pros knew how to deliver the goods and they whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their great delivery and execution! That’s the great thing about heavy metal crowds, they are not going to just sit back and enjoy they are gonna rush the stage, fist pump, scream, and call for more….and they did!!! Get ready Europe as Ashbury are headed over to Germany and Greece later this year! Ashbury ragnarokkr

Jerusalem track featured on Mojo Magazine sampler

classicrockjerusalemcdMojo magazine’s upcoming Black Sabbath issue includes the Heavy Nuggets Vol. II sampler CD featuring the Jerusalem track “Frustration.”  Jerusalem’s 1972 Decca label release is still available on CD from the Vintage/Rockadrome label, including pre-Lp demo material and has been widely hailed as classic from the era.