V0iD (with a zero!) a four-piece band from- as they describe it themselves – “ deepest darkest Wales”. Featuring Wayne Doyle on guitar/vocals, Gary Doyle drums, Andrew Kowalik guitar and Wayne Esmonde bass, this band came like a bolt out of the blue to me because I hadn’t heard of them before. However reading comments by many well respected Rock journalists about just how good their two previous albums were, I can’t deny I couldn’t work out why that was?
thankfully however I’ve caught up and now their brand new album ‘Keep Fighting’ spinning away in the death deck and I’m happy to report that the music of V0id makes me smile as I listen to it. ‘…Fighting’ is a superb mix of the band’s own style of Melodic Rock, The Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics (male it’s a Welsh thing?) and Rubber, which makes this album a real listening pleasure.
The songs on this release are loosely based around the challenges that life throws at you, hence the album’s title and when you play this album and turn up the volume, the exuberance and fire V0id have poured into their songs and performances, sets the feet a tapping and the head nodding as you listen to it.
‘Not The One’ is all jangly guitars and bouncy riffs that hit hard, the fantastic title track has some superb heartfelt lyrics that make you stop and think whereas ‘Forever’s Yesterday’ is a driven Rock song that has a big hook and some nice guitar work. Alternatively, ‘Where Have You been’ is a slower number with strong emotional vocals and a jarring riff that stays with you long after the song has finished playing whilst Say My Name’ has an almost Punk feel, wth its caustic guitar riffs and attacking vocals.
To say that I was blown away by this album, due to its impressive songs, performances and production, would be an understatement. Everything about it just hit the spot for me and ‘Keep Fighting’ is a perfect introduction to the world of V0id and their music. Do yourselves a favour and check this excellent band out, you’ll be glad you did.
Following their previous albums Ballads For Beauties And Beasts and Zer0, Welsh classic rock band V0iD are back with their third album ‘Keep Fighting’. Produced by Tim Hammill, who has worked with Lemmy, GirlSchool and Ronnie James Dio, the album is released this summer alongside a string of live dates throughout the UK and Europe.
Based on its title as a theme; third album ‘Keep Fighting’ sees the band work though personnel changes, and gain inspiration from various stories of human endurance: A close friend of the band who battled against leukaemia for ten years whilst raising over 25k for charity, a fan in Holland who suffered a brain tumour, taking strength from V0iD’s music whilst in recovery, and their own drummer Gary Doyle, who had major knee surgery followed by a long period of rehab and physiotherapy, not knowing whether he’d be able to drum again.
I’ve not heard any of their previous output, but, straight out of the blocks ‘Keep Fighting has this’ marching drum vibe, and I must admit that its not normally my cup of tea, but the V0id lads seem to have a knack of drawing you in, such is the quality of the hooks coupled with instantly hummable choruses.
To be fair V0id have the corking ‘Let Me In’ as the lead single, but the fact is, most of these songs on offer could be picked as future nuggets. From the soaring ‘In The End’, the powerful balled ‘Forever Girl’ to the anthemic ‘For The Soul’, and haunting melody of ‘Starting Again’. ‘How Come’ to a point sounds very much like Tyketto. The gem for me is the first single (of many) ‘Let Me In’. It reminds me of a very unknown (?) rock band from the 80s called Diving For Pearls. Unless you’re a DFP band member or a lover of Klassik 80s AOR then you’ll never get the reference. All I can tell you is that its high praise indeed!
V0id are more pop-rock than out and out rock, but I think its firmly set in the musical realm of FM friendly music that lots of people can enjoy, and not just bitter old rockers with a narrow mind to anything other than metal. V)is seem like they are a guilty pleasure, but not to me. Ill stick my head above the parapet, V0id are a new fave band and definitely underrated, and very talented indeed.
As I said previously, I’d not heard their previous 2 albums, but I’ll be putting that right immediately. V0id are going places, and its only one direction, up!
’ big hooks’ good sense of dynamics’ choruses that stand out’
I’ve had trouble with this review because V0iD are a good band, but there is something intangible that I don’t really like. It could be there trebly vocals, the largely meandering lyrics, the name, or their image, but I can’t pinpoint it. What I do know is the the band has big hooks, which largely override any of my minor criticisms. There is a good sense of dynamics as well, with the marching drum beat introduction to the opener ‘Keep Fighting’, but it is the choruses that stand out and I’d direct you to ‘Forever Girl’, ‘Where Have You Been’, ‘Say My Name’ ‘Practice Run’ and ‘For The Soul’. I’ve given it a seven as I can’t ignore my niggle, but want to acknowledge that some people would be marking this as a nine. In terms of influences, I can hear Night Ranger, Tyketto and Magnum, although the last two would be with different vocalists. Sample the album on all of the usual websites, but be aware that the second letter in their name is a zero.
RATED 7/10 POWERPOINTS
‘cruising-down-the-motorway, wind-in-your-hair rock.
If you’re not aware of this Welsh quarter, picture some cruising-down-the-motorway, wind-in-your-hair rock. At times during Keeping Fighting, their third album, you might even think you’re listening to some unheard Bon Jovi tracks. Leading with the heavy, arena-sized title track, later highlights – In The End, Starting Again, Practise Run – indicate a few life lessons have been learned since the last release. This album is V0id’s way of declaring they’re still here, still standing and still playing.
Rated 5/5 stars.
Shout it Loud Reviews
‘you are going to be singing along
V0iD have released their 3rd album ‘Keep Fighting’!
The rock band from Wales released their new album ‘Keep Fighting’ in May via Raven Black Records. This is the follow up album to their previous release ‘Ballads For Beauties And Beasts’ and ‘Zer0’.
The bands new album ‘Keeping Fighting’ was produced by Tim Hamill, who has worked with the likes of Lemmy, GirlSchool and Ronnie James Dio.
‘Keeping Fighting’ used its title as a theme for the album and it sees the band work through personnel changes, and gain inspiration from various stories of human endurance. A close friend of the band who battled against leukemia for ten year, whist raising 25k for charity, a fan in Holland who suffered a brain tumor, who took strength from V0iD’s music while recovering and the bands own drummer, Gary Doyle, who had major knee surgery followed by a long period of rehab and physiotherapy, not knowing whether he’s be able to drum again.
‘Keep Fighting’ features 14 stunning tracks from the band. It’s is modern rock with a classic rock twist, meaning this is a record that has a little bit for everyone.
With dynamic and fast paced guitar riffs, an overall solid sound and the addition of powerful and on point vocals (I mean this guy can really sing!) it makes for a record you won’t want to stop listing too.
This is also a record with soaring chorus, so you better get your voices in check, because you are going to be singing along.
V0iD are a band with a lot of talent backing them both musically but also in their song writing ability, with heart felt songs. ‘Keep Fighting’ is a strong album and its one you need to get a hold of right now! You’re really missing out on something great if you don’t!
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N#2 in Classic Rock Chart.
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Magazine Press Reviews will hit in Jul/Aug and with previous favourable reviews things look Good
Already nudged Amazon Top 100 for all downloads and reached N#2 in Classic Rock Charts
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“Rock Euphoria from Wales’”
Artist: V0iD (spelt with a zero, important to know when you want to google the band)
Who: Classic rock four-piece from Llanelli, Swansea, Wales.
Members: Wayne Doyle (guitar/vocals), Gary Doyle (drums), Andrew Kowalik (guitar) and Wayne Esmonde (bass).
Track: ‘Let Me In’ – rousing lead single from their brand new, third album ‘Keep Fighting’, produced by Tim Hammill whos previously worked with Lemmy, Girlschool and the late Ronnie James Dio’
How was it for me: I’m pretty sure that Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) would love the stoner rock intro and Jon Bon Jovi would love the anthemic melodic swagger of the big chorus. QOTSA and Bon Jovi in one and the same song? Absolutely, just listen.
‘Let Me In’ is basically an overwhelming melancholic melody built up with hard rockin’ riffs (QOTSA) and refined pop bombast (Bon Jovi). My upper neighbour knows exactly what I mean. I’m not a daily classic/hard rock listener or obsessed fan of the genre but when I hear a thunderous killer pearl as splendid as this one I don’t care about the musical label (I actually never do). After a couple of spins I just started to scream along and played air guitar for the first time in a long while. Rock & Roll Euphoria!
Energetic Street Preachers’
Invite all your neighbours and go crazy on ‘Keep Fighting’
“‘full-on classic rock mode’”
These Welsh rockers sent rock tongues a-clacking with their first couple of albums, Ballads For Beauties and Beasts and Zer0, and they’ve followed up that promise with Keep Fighting, which sees the band in full-on classic rock mode, all baying guitars and belt-‘em-out choruses. But they also know how to write decent tunes, too – never hiding behind bluster – which is perfectly evidenced by piano ballad Practice Run, which closes the album on a contemplative note.