Live Music Reviews


Witnessing The Color Blew perform live this past Saturday night was an absolute delight. Featuring in their ranks seasoned veterans of the South African music scene; the inimitable Liaan Horton on vocals and rhythm guitar, low end lord Marius Cronje on bass, the superb Timothy James on lead guitar and percussive master Armando Santos on drums these stellar musicians conjured forth a sumptuous and scintillating sonic brew that glistened with splendor.

Its almost impossible to pigeonhole the music The Color Blew create, for it is such a dynamic confluence of sound that is simultaneously funky and forceful. This past Saturday evening’s performance was a case in point. This may be purely subjective conjecture on my part yet I picked up shades of such seminal acts like Candlebox, Girls Against Boys, Nirvana, Days Of The New, Jane’s Addiction and Muse in the impassioned and energetic Alternative Rock that these figurehead’s of Southern African borne music ply with such unabashed kinetic energy. Of course even with the aforementioned comparisons in tow, The Color Blew are a unique entity with an identity all their own and definitive South African flare witnessed in songs such as ‘Dance, Dance, Dance,’ and ‘African Sky’.

This fabulous foursome charged ahead with verve and vigor from the moment the performance began until its end. On many an occasion shuffling rhythms and delicate melodies gave way to brash and chest beating riff driven magic replete with soaring vocals as witnessed on such songs as, but not limited to ‘Incandescent’, ‘The Man’ and ‘These Things’.

With their majestic cover of ‘Under Pressure’ alongside their superb original creations this past Saturday evenings performance was an exercise in superb musicianship and quality songcraft.

Thank you to Howler, Sowaar apparel, Ware Jakob recording studios, The Weekly Wire, Devographic Music Media, PR events & Artist Management and of course The Color Blew themselves for what amounted to a performance that was an absolute treat to have experienced.

-Asher Locketz-

Live Music Reviews


This ain’t no Broadway musical folks. This is Johannesburg based collective RIDDLEBREAK and this past Saturday they came to lay waste to eyes and ears across the land with a performance that showcased their propulsive blend of musical fury and instrumental prowess.

Featuring Jade Osner on vocals, Gordon Bosma on drums, Gareth Reed on rhythm guitar, Roushan Van Niekerk on bass, Julian Vosloo on lead guitar and Laura Atkinson on Violin, this scintillating sextet unleashed a maelstrom of their patented brand of self styled Progressive Metalcore; a cross pollination of jarring jazz like time signatures, volcanic rhythms and post rock passages.

From the opening trident of “Launch Initiate”, “Something Sick” and “Rogue” we, the viewers, were treated to a devastating display of dramatic and emotive music of the most innovative and iridescent kind.

Whether it was the convoluted majesty of Ällegiant”, the chugging riffs and bludgeoning breakdowns of “Something Sick”or the smoldering, sustained notes and gargantuan grooves of “The Hog” RIDDLEBREAK performed each song with kinetic energy and impassioned vigor. Throughout the performance it was wholly evident that this sonic collective possess a fevered love for music.

RIDDLEBREAK are purveyors of dynamic and dramatic music which exists beyond the typical Metalcore template. The music they ply is idiosyncratic and pushes the envelope wherein the tapestry of textures and tones they invoke is explosive. Herein the crushing riffs and face melting guitar histrionics of guitarists Gareth Reed and Julian Vosloo alongside the low end detonations of bassist Roushan Van Niekerk are scorching. The lilting melodies of violinist Laura Atkinson are sublime. The blistering drum onslaught of Gordon Bosma is pummeling and the anguished vocals of frontman Jade Osner are heart wrenching. Each of the aforementioned elements merge into a mammoth form of expression that is certainly more then the sum of its parts.

To conclude, this evenings performance showcased a group of musicians with a unabashed adoration for their craft. Even through the glow of my PC screen the passion and emotion of all involved was palpable and amounted to a firey performance by a band to be reckoned with.

Many thanks to Sowaar Apparel, The Weekly Wire, Howler, Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management and of course RIDDLEBREAK themselves for making this possible!

-Asher Locketz-

Live Music Reviews

Black Bone Nation – Urban Sessions

This past Saturday night the indomitable Black Bone Nation set the Urban Sessions stage ablaze with their patented blend of propulsive Hard Rock.

Led by band figurehead, vocalist and rhythm guitarist, the captivating Zakk Styles; alongside talented lead guitarist Brendan Forer, low end master; bassist Leroux Engelbrecht and classy drummer Henri Viljoen, this quartet unleashed a set chock full of anthemic Rock of the most ravishing kind.

Fat, infectious riffs, sparkling solos, pounding drums and soaring vocals collided in a confluence of sonic bliss. The performance was one fraught with passion and unbridled energy.

Sheathed in flickering light, Black Bone Nation treated us, the viewers, to a robust collection of songs replete with catchy melodies and fist pumping rhythmic heft. Songs such as “Born To Rock”,”Live To Ride” and “Here I Am” were executed with aplomb, channelling the hedonistic flare of notable 1980’s Rock bands such as Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses with more then a nod to classic Zeppelin and Blues Rock.

The sound was crystal clear and each instrument could be heard in its beauty which enhanced the entrancing music Black Bone Nation create. Visually I was impressed as the resolution was superb as the stream progressed smoothly and without a hitch. All in all a great show representative of a local band playing prime Rock!

Thank you to both Black Bone Nation and Urban Sessions for an experience that was fun and enthralling.

-Asher Locketz-