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Dead City Ruins Unleash The Sorcerer

Dead City Ruins release their new album Shockwave on 19th August on AFM Records and ahead of that comes their latest single, ‘The Sorcerer’.

According to singer Steve Welsh: “‘The Sorcerer’ will take you on an electric journey into a parallel dimension, where rock and roll wields cosmic powers beyond our comprehension!”

gig – Much like Rival Sons, Monster Truck, and similar trailblazers of their generation have. They also share a list of influences with these acts, namely Deep Purple, Guns N’ Roses, and Zeppelin. Their goal: bring rock ’n’ roll back to the people. What these guys make on the road, they reinvest into their rough living conditions as well as their upcoming album. 

Shockwave is now finally ready and marks the band’s fourth record. For that to happen, everything had to change! There’s Steve Welsh, for example, as the newly appointed microphone man. “Steve is out there giving our typical sound a fresh new edge, which is pretty exciting,” guitarist Sean Blanchard mused. Welsh himself elaborated: “These guys have given me the warmest welcome; I couldn’t have wished for better bandmates. They took me in and let me be part of something they had been building for such a long time, all the while giving me everything I need.” 

Before that, Welsh was mostly active on YouTube, where he dedicated himself to imitating a plethora of singers. There’s one clip of him singing the twelve songs from Alice In Chains‘Dirt’ in twelve different styles; ranging from James Hetfield (Metallica) to Ronnie James Dio. “I started doing these because I was just as interested in the music as I was in creating videos. On YouTube, I was able to realise my ideas while gaining notoriety.”

Shockwave saw producer Gene Freeman aka Machine take over the mixing desk after having worked with the likes of Lamb Of God, Clutch and Crobot. “That was a lot of fun,” guitarist Blanchard reminisced. “We spent a full week doing pre-production. Once we had the demos down and knew where we wanted it to go, Machine picked everything apart and put it back together while keeping our ideas intact. There were a few intense moments, but when it comes to pushing the band and turning the songs into the best versions of themselves, no one does a better job.

Tracks featured on the album are: ‘Preacher’, ‘Vision’, ‘Madness’, ‘Speed Machine’, ‘Rain’, ‘Dog On A Leash’, ‘This Side Of The Dirt’, ‘Drifter’, ‘Spiders’, ‘End Of The Line’, ‘Blood Moon’ and ‘The Sorcerer’.

You can check out the videos to their recent singles here at RAMzine.

The band, featuring Welsh (Vocals), Blanchard and Tommy Cain, (Guitars), Thomas Murphy (Bass), and Nick Trajanovski (Drums) believe Shockwave will open further doors for them.

“We want to tour as soon as we possibly can, “said Cain “When the world reopens, we will be there to give the best rock ’n’ roll show that Europe has seen since the lockdown and you better believe it! The determination we have for our fans and music has never been so bold. The situation might have live music by the throat, but we will overcome it and live as we once rocked!” 

You can pre-order Shockwave here.



Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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