Scotland’s Proto-Metal pioneers, Iron Claw, return with a long-awaited album of gritty, blues-based melodic heavy rock that is already garnering album-of-the-year accolades from the press. The thirteen-track album, A Different Game, is scheduled for UK release on October 3rd and world-wide release on October 4th, just in time for the band's CD release event to be held at the Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, Scotland on October 5th.
“The release of this album marks the realization of a lifelong dream for each of us in the band,” says guitarist Jimmy Ronnie. “To be honest, it's something that I had thought had passed me by. But it's not just any album. It's the record that Iron Claw always needed to make - hard, heavy, guitar-based rock with its roots in the blues. I'm delighted to say that we've succeeded in capturing the live spirit of the band on this record.”
The Barlinnie Prison gig is more than just a CD release event. The performance is sponsored by Governor Derek McGill to help show the prisoners that there are healthier alternatives to crime, such as playing and creating emotionally stimulating music.
“I am confident the prisoners in Barlinnie will love this Gig,” McGill states, “This is not about entertainment for prisoners; it is to let them see alternative recreational pursuits that can lead them away from crime, introduce them to hobbies such as music that can give them a fresh start.”
The benevolent beings of Iron Claw have also announced that they will be headlining a charity event on September 25th at Comlongon Rocks, which will assist Cash For Kids and Cancer Research. Twenty-two bands and six DJs, and all for a mere £10! For more information, please follow the link: (http://www.comlongonrocks.com/)
Here’s what the press has to say:
“This is pure muscle at work and Iron Claw still has plenty of the natural juice in them to make this reunion endeavor soar . . . Thankfully Iron Claw has given themselves the opportunity to say a thundering hello to the rock world, if not hijack it.” -- Ray Van Horn, Jr., The Metal Minute
“Iron Claw is heavy rock with a serious dose of blues. But their tunes are melodic as well, making them friendly. Yet, there's still a certain aggressiveness inherent in every song. The sound is stripped, mostly record live with little dubbing, and that's a healthy thing . . . emphasizing integrity and clarity over polish. Isn't that the heart of rock?” -- Craig Hartranft, Dangerdog.com
“A Different Game is a must have for all of you lovers of classic rock and heavy metal. Hell, it’s a must have for anybody with a pulse and appreciation of great rock. Be forewarned, though, this isn’t a teaser of an album. The album delivers thirteen tracks for nearly a full hour of rock.” -- The Soda Shop