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So this past Saturday, 27 September 2014, will definitely be one Saturday that many people will not forget for the rest of their lives. Why you ask? Because it was Krank’d Up 2014!

The day started at 1PM, in the blazing sun, as the entertainment went underway at 1:30PM. The entire day was packed with the incredible talent of our very own local bands. Some of the bands that played deserve special mention. Bands like Freedom for Your Life who had the powerful Brad Morrison, ex A Fate like Yours vocalist, take over front man duties and powerhouse through the FFYL set.

The amazing Red Helen, which played their first show since their return from Germany and playing the mighty Wacken Open Air Festival, had one incredible set filled with energy and having the crowd pumped for what was still to come.

Deity’s Muse was a definite one to remember, playing their first show with their new line-up. Introducing Yokim Pillay on guitars gave the band a whole new dynamic and was such a pleasure to see these guys perform.

Poverty of Ideals never ceases to impress us with their amazing musicianship and talent. These guys know how to be progressive in every sense of the word. They shred, slap the bass and beat those drums the way some musicians only wish they knew how.

Fan favorites, Facing the Gallows, had one special show as it was a show to bid farewell to one of their founding member’s Ricki. He recently moved down to Cape Town and has now parted ways with the band he has been in for the past 7 years. And what a sendoff did Krank’d Up give him. FTG came in and played one thunderous set. The crowd were singing, screaming and moshing along to all their favorite FTG songs.

For those of you whom have been in the scene for a long time, will remember Underbelly and how energetic all their shows were. Their reputation most definitely precedes them as they delivered one incredible set as did Newtown Knife Gang on the main stage as they opened up for the international acts.

For many years, we have been listening to Protest the Hero and to see these guys perform live was a dream come true! Their crazy skills on their string instruments and powerful lead of vocals from Rody Walker gives Protest the Hero a distinct sound among the usual metal bands that are out there.

They came on stage and were welcomed by the Sundowners audience with a massive shout and applause. The guys thundered through their set playing all the fan favorites and getting the crowd so psyched that a few mosh pits came about. The band from Canada had a really tight set and showed SA why they are where they are. For musicians, and looking across the crowd during their set, it seemed as they were dumbfounded by the intense skill of Protest the Hero’s string men which we are sure have now inspired a whole of kids to go home and practice more and more until they are as good as Tim Millar and Luke Hoskin.

Next up were metalcore giants, Unearth. They were joined on stage by Matt Devries, best known as guitarist of Chimaira, whom played the bass guitar and is currently their touring bass guitarist. Unearth are considered the fathers of the metalcore genre and when they played, it is evident to see why.
For us at Rock Me Africa, we’ve been listening to this band for more than 10 years and to see them live on our own home soil was more than a dream coming true. They played one monstrous set filled with metal mayhem. They were the highlight for us at this year’s Krank’d Up festival.

What surprised us the most was that the crowd finally gave in and had multiple circle pits during Unearth’s set. If you spend a lot of time on YouTube, you will know what circle pits look like at metal fests and to finally see them happening in SA, people are finally learning to not just try and punch the dude next to them in a pit. 

All in all, Krank’d Up 2014 was a major success and to see the support all our local boys had gave us hope that our scene is growing and will flourish with more amazing local bands coming out and stepping up to the plate to promote the scene as a whole. We would also like to thank Turning Tricks Entertainment, Duncan, Wayne, Warren, Plug Music PR, Spencer, Sundowners, Jagermeister and Music Connection for always bringing the best of SA together. With all this being said, we cannot wait to see what Krank’d Up 2015 will have in store for us.

What was your favorite moment of Krank’d Up 2014?
These three good looking blokes have gathered there musical super powers to bring us a fresh acoustic sound right to the door step of the Johannesburg entertainment scene.
With my heart pumping warm lumpy custard while listening to their first single “Keep on Pushing on” , let’s find out a little bit more about them.            

Firstly WHO are you and how did you guys join forces to create Sutherland?
Sutherland is Misty, Mika and Chris.. We’ve all been really great friends for a pretty long time now and have been in bands together before Sutherland..
I became the bridge between Mika and Chris by working on separate acoustic projects with each of them; We then decided to join forces.
We thought it would be a lot more fun and effective to work on the same project together rather than dividing our attention.

All three of you are from musical backgrounds. Was modern folk always your chosen genre?
We have all been and Chris and I still are involved in other bands/projects that are worlds apart from the ‘Modern folk’ genre.
I guess, as individuals, it was never really our chosen genre… But we have always dabbled in the acoustic side of things... Even if it was just for the fun of it .
It’s only recently that we’ve decided to make something of it.

Was there a specific influence?
We’re inspired by artists who have done things that stand out to us in the acoustic style.
Artists such as Shakey Graves, Mikhael Paskalev, Chet Faker and Jonas Alaska.
That doesn’t go to say we sound like them, but more to say that we are inspired to create our own unique sound.

                                       Watch Sutherland’s Live Session of their song Lost

How have you found the South African response?
So far, we’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received. Considering we’re such a new band, I think the response has been incredible. We’d like to say thank you to everyone for showing us the love!

You guys recently entered the Jagermeister -Back the artist competition - how important is it for brands to get behind artists such as yourselves and what exposure did you guys get from this competition? Sadly you didn’t win, but will you guys enter more of these competitions in the future?
Because we’re such a young band, big brands like Jagermeister are platforms for getting our name out there; they really help to promote bands in a short space of time. In that sense, this competition has really helped get the ball rolling for us.
While we’re in the spirit of competition, yes we probably would enter another one.

From a 2 piece to a 3 piece, what more dynamics will Chris bring to the band and how will this influence your writing style?
Chris fulfills the rhythmic-percussive element in the band and also helps with the writing and performance of various other instruments. He was a major influence before he officially came aboard in any case, so the dynamic of the band won’t really change all that much.

Is there a gap in the South African market for acoustic acts such as yourselves? 
Yes, we believe there is niche growing in the music industry. With so many live venues closing down, acoustic acts like us can play shows at smaller places where most other bands can’t. It’s something we see every weekend and we plan to get involved.

Where to from here?
Onwards!! We’re just going to keep doing what we do and have as much fun with it as we can.
Whatever happens, happens.

Written by: Rachel Steen-Stenersen
Photographer: Dominique Little

Lamb of God

Heavy Metal supporters in South Africa have held their breath since early 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent.  Hopes were crushed later that year when the remainder of the band’s tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year. In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major back log of shows across the globe.  The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the bands cram-packed touring schedule for early 2014.

"With only two dates available, we'll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg," said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring, "and we're expecting that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centres."
 Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums.  Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris's brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.
Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by Mapex Drums, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used 'heel-toe' technique.  Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by Jackson Guitars with his 'Dominion' signature model being highly sought after.
The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album 'Sacrament' receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone.  Lamb Of God is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call "The New Wave of American Heavy metal".  What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD's containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.

Lamb Of God will melt faces on Friday 24 January in Cape Town, and Saturday 25 January in Johannesburg.  Tickets via www.computicket.co.za, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide.  General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.

Cape Town Venue: The Hillcrest Quarry outside Durbanville is a mere 30 minute drive from Cape Town CBD (traffic depending) and can be found on the M13 (Tygervalley Road) which bridges the Tygervalley Hills between Durbanville and Parklands (Table View).  Safe and secure parking will be available +/- 0.9km from the grounds, where attendees will be required to park & walk.  A shuttle service will be available at R5 per single trip for any special-needs patrons or for those who just don't feel like walking.

Johannesburg Venue: The Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec (Hall 8) is situated just to the South-West of the city CBD on the Corner of Rand Show and Nasrec Roads, directly adjacent to the iconic "Soccer City" National Stadium.  The best approaches from the directions of Pretoria, Sandton, OR Tambo Airtport, and Bloemfontein are all well detailed on the venues website .

Facilities at both venues include: Well-stocked bars (no alcohol served to u18s), Food Stalls, Security, Medics & kick ass production.
Regretfully, no under 16's will be allowed, and u18's will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.

The opening acts for both shows are: Mind Assault & The Drift.

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