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Between Rock and A Hard Place

2007-08-29 10:47
Blood Money
Imagine the crafted melodies of U2 coupled with the powerful riffs of Audioslave and the stage presence of Led Zeppelin and you’ve got some ideas of where Blood Money are on the South African modern rock map. Actually, forget the record company hype. Watch Tim Kroon (vocals), Garth McLeod (drums), Lorne McGregor (guitar), and Gavin Wienand (bass) performing songs off their debut CD live on MK89s Studio 1 and make your own mind up. Watch:
- Reachout
- Sunshine
- Am I
New Born Fire
If a gnarly DJ dude like Barney Simon reckons guys who name check Guns ‘n Roses, Metallica, 30 Seconds to Mars and Chemical Romance as influences rock then hey, we’re prepared to give New Born Fire some airtime. Isn't it a bit odd that these Afrikaans boys don’t even mention Fokofpolisiekar? Oh right, they sing in English. Watch these newbie rockers ‘answering’ questions about how they market their music, hear about their upcoming support slot alongside German rockers Blind Guardian in October and see them perform an anguished acoustic emo power ballad in this Go Zone TV clip. Watch:
- Am I

Staying in the Go Zone, Barney Simon speaks to Underbelly. Who? Well, turns out these alternative rockers have been plying their trade in various guises for more than five years, but only released their debut CD, For A Cynical Science recently. Hear Rian, Etienne and Louw share progressive rock and nu-metal influences ranging from Marilyn Manson, NIN, Metallica and Pantera to Deftones, Tool, Norma Jean and Under Oath. Watch:
- Underbelly

What the hell is wrong with English rock fans in South Africa? First their refusal to be Proudly South African consumers meant they drove Saron Gas into exile and a name change. Then, despite Seether carrying the SA rock flag into the Billboard Top 10, some cynics still insisted on accusing lead singer Shaun Morgan of not even being South African anymore! Next the ‘fans’ pretty much ignored Wickhead until they heard the extreme rockers had won two international awards and decided to immigrate to
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