Lords Of The Riff: Monster Truck / Scorpion Child


TEAMROCK brands METAL HAMMER and CLASSIC ROCK have joined forces to launch the ‘LORDS OF THE RIFF’ tour, featuring co-headliners MONSTER TRUCK and SCORPION CHILD, for March 2014. The tour is designed to showcase new artists that both brands are passionate about, championing their talents to their respective and very diverse audiences, at an affordable price. A support band is still to be announced. METAL HAMMER editor-in-chief, Alexander Milas comments, “It isn’t often that CLASSIC ROCK agrees with what we put on the office stereo, so you can imagine our surprise when not one, but two new METAL HAMMER favourites met with their approval, and a pint or two later a tour was born. MONSTER TRUCK and SCORPION CHILD are two phenomenal live bands, and we can’t wait to see them on these shores. Riff on!”

monster truckCanadian rockers MONSTER TRUCK are thrilled to be returning to the UK, having recently wrapped their UK stint with the re-branded Kyuss Lives band, Vista Chino. The band released their warmly received debut album ‘Furiosity’, for their groove-laden performance at 2013’s Download Festival, via Dine Alone Records. The CD showcases MONSTER TRUCK’s ability to seamlessly integrate influences from grunge and punk-era greats, with alt-sounding vintage rock. True to their notorious maxim “Don’t F*ck With The Truck”, the band have steamrolled across their native Canada, becoming one of the biggest stories in rock there this past year with singles, ‘Sweet Mountain River’ and ‘The Lion’ reaching #1 on Canadian rock radio (and staying put for several weeks). The band took home a 2013 JUNO Award for “Breakthrough Group of the Year” and also a 2013 CRMA (Canadian Radio Music Award) in Rock for ‘Seven Seas Blues’. MONSTER TRUCK fan and guitar icon Slash hand-picked them to tour with him, going on record to say, “MONSTER TRUCK are one of the few really great down to earth rock n roll bands I’ve heard in the last couple of years. Hard, soulful, and heavy.”MONSTER TRUCK frontman/bassist Jon Harvey exclaims, “We can’t wait to get back over to the UK with SCORPION CHILD! A certified rock n roll roadshow that will melt your face off! Prepare your booties for a lot of shakin’!”

scorpion childTexas has spawned a mighty sting in the form of Austin-based energy thieves, SCORPION CHILD. The five-piece will be returning to British Isles after their huge debut UK performance in London earlier this month. The band released their colossal hard rock self-titled debut back in June via Nuclear Blast. The record contains so much venom, the UK media and the band’s touring partners are positively writhing. CLASSIC ROCK described lead track ‘Polygon of Eyes’ as “Some mighty impressive shredding, a dramatic pause and then… Blam! Evoking memories of early 80’s Rainbow and Iron Maiden, this single by the Austin-based five-piece leaves you so breathless that you hardly have to time to wonder what a ‘Polygon Of Eyes’ actually is.” Equally impressed are US touring buddies Clutch. Clutch frontman Neil Fallon raves, ”Aryn Jonathan Black has one of the best voices I’ve ever heard. His range is outrageous. And thankfully, it is accompanied by proper rock and roll riffage. SCORPION CHILD is unapologetic classic rock… just as the ancient ones intended.” Aryn Jonathan Black, vocalist for SCORPION CHILD, enthuses, “We are super excited to rejoin our European family, along with Canadian brethren MONSTER TRUCK for the Team Rock sponsored March tour!”

LOTR-smallThe co-headline dates rack up as follows:

Sun 16 Mar – BRISTOL Exchange (MT closes the show)

Tue 18 Mar – COLCHESTER Arts Centre (SC closes)

Thu 20 Mar – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy 3 (MT closes)

Fri 21 Mar – SHEFFIELD Corporation (SC closes)

Sat 22 Mar – GLASGOW King Tuts (MT closes)

Sun 23 Mar – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy 2 (SC closes)

Tue 25 Mar – NOTTINGHAM Rock City (MT closes)

Wed 26 Mar – LONDON Underworld (MT closes)

Thu 27 Mar – MANCHESTER Roadhouse (SC closes)

Tickets will be availablefor the bargain price of £10 (+ booking fees). To buy online, visit www.seetickets.com (Bristol, Sheffield shows), www.livenation.co.uk (Birmingham, Newcastle, London, Manchester), www.gigsinscotland.com (Glasgow), www.colchesterartscentre.com (Colchester), and www.alt-tickets.co.uk (Nottingham).

Get the latest on the bands online at: www.ilovemonstertruck.com // www.scorpionchild.com //  Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ilovemonstertruck // www.facebook.com/scorpionchild


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