The Rock City archives: 2014

IAMI, Rock City Basement

  • Thursday 20th November 2014
  • Supported by: Ajenda
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I AM I     
 The formidable driving force behind I AM I is singer ZP Theart. A founding member of the renowned UK metal act Dragonforce, he made four studio albums and a live record with the band and toured the world fora decade, eventually performing to audiences of up to 85,000 people. His time with the group also saw him nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
 
After his departure from Dragonforce in 2010, ZP worked tirelessly to put together his own group and, after carefully handpicking a set of expert musicians, the result was one of the most exciting new rock bands of 2012, I AM I. A promotional single entitled ‘Silent Genocide’ in the summer was followed by the release of a debut album, 'Event Horizon', in September 2012. Written and produced by ZP and Polish born guitarist Jacob Ziemba and mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (Helloween/Masterplan), its stunning blend of melody filled metal and riff based rock topped off by ZP's soaring vocal performances completed a package that was acclaimed worldwide by critics and audiences alike. A plethora of excellent UK reviews included:
 
“Superb debut built around stratospheric vocals, gravity-defying hooks and guitar-based drama.”KERRANG!
“A promising debut. ZP Theart’s voice remains as commanding and melodic as ever.” METAL HAMMER
“Soaring, majestic, triumphant, inspiring and uplifting.” POWERPLAY
 
Released shortly after their first festival performance at Bloodstock Open Air, I AM I supported the album with a set of UK dates. Tours with Ugly Kid Joe and Skid Row ensued, while the band also performed electric and acoustic sets at both Hard Rock Hell 2012 and Download 2013. Generating positive reactions wherever they have played, the band are an absolute must see live, while ZP performs honestly and effortlessly, epitomising everything a real rock front man should be.
 
Single ‘Silent Genocide’   video - 230,000+ hits on Youtube
Debut Album ‘Event Horizon’
Single ‘You’re The Voice’
Single ‘See You Again’  video – 115,000+ hits on Youtube
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AJENDA

Ajenda are a 4 piece rock band Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland. 
Fronted by diminutive power house singer 'Jen', Ajenda have cultivated a sound which takes the best of the sub genres within Rock and blends them together seamlessly to deliver a powerful / dynamic set  live set.
 Tours of Finland and Slovakia , festival appearances at hard rock hell,Ibiza road trip and numerous high profile supports and irish headline shows have raised the bands profile  and helped build a loyal fanbase.
 
The band have  2 promo single releases from the debut cd 'Unrecognizable' 
"Tattoo" and "Hatred and Greed"  which have both  been very well received by the music press and rock fans alike.
 
Check out what the press have to say about 'Unrecognizable'
 
"Vitriol in a velvet glove....an album that combines the husky and the smooth, the pain and the passion, the heartfelt and heartbreaking"    Belfasts Metalheads Reunited
 
“I always wondered what would happen if US pop star P!nk fronted a heavy rock band, and now I think my dreams have come true. Ajenda are a band hailing from Belfast, NI, and in vocalist Jen Walker there is an air of that P!nk vibrancy, melody and attitude. Hell, even Jen’s look can at times take on that P!nk aura and I’m all for it if she can pull it off, and boy can she…” Metal Forces Mag
 
“more rooted in the classic rock style of say early Heart...surely one of the brightest hopes to emerge in 2013"  Getreadytorock
 
"Ajenda gives a mellowed twist to rock n roll with deftly played melodies that are allowed to swirl around the room like smoke before settling on the ears and underlying it is a well formulated framework which gives the music plenty of oomph"  Emerging Indie bands
 
"The album starts off with Dirty Rock N Roll; this sets the scene perfectly and showcases Jen's vocals, and it instantly reminds me of Lizzy Hale of Halestorm - both share that husky/raspy voice.....it's instantly catchy and straight away it's clear that this band is something special..." Bring me the noise


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