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Rival Sons : Head Down : Released 17 September

Rival Sons release their superb new album HEAD DOWN on 17 September and we're celebrating the release by giving away tickets to Planet Rock VIPs to an extremely intimate acoustic show in London exclusively for VIPs on 20 September.

Keep scrolling to read our review of the album, listen to clips from all of the album tracks and find out how to win tickets to the band's VIP-only acoustic show.

Undeniably a musical progression from the excellent 2011 album Pressure & Time, HEAD DOWN tones down their last album's Zeppelin inclinations and instead draws its influences from the full encyclopaedia of rock and roll.

Still harking back to better days, this is an album that embraces the battle-hardened psychedelia of late 60s / early 70s acts such as (pre-shock rock) Alice Cooper and Vanilla Fudge, throws in a little of Mountain's blues groove, a healthy dash of the 60s British Invasion and tops it off with a little Detroit soul. The result is an intriguing, genre hopping record that sounds both utterly classic and absolutely brand new all at the same time.

Opening single, 'Keep On Swinging' and the raucous 'You Want To' are the closest relatives to their last album - all riff and big chorus. But it's the delightful smorgasbord of rock delights over the rest of the album which will keep you coming back for more. From the subtle nods to Cream ('Until The Sun Comes') via a little Animals ('The Heist') and even a touch of Nick Drake (the beautiful closing track 'True') it's like taking a crash course in Rock 101.

The standout is undoubtedly the ambitious and extraordinary two part, Manifest Destiny - the first part of which is an extended bluesy jam that somehow combines Jane's Addiction with Deep Purple and features a brilliant five minute solo that recalls Blackmore at his best.

It's an album that is best served by repeated plays. You may not fully appreciate what's on offer until the third or fourth visit, but once you've fully embraced HEAD DOWN you're going to struggle to remove it from the record player for the next few months.

The album is released as a jewel case CD, digi-sleeve CD, vinyl and extremely limited stencil edition.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Keep On Swinging
2. Wild Animal
3. you Want To
4. Until The Sun Comes
5. Run From Revelation
6. Jordan
7. All The Way
8. The Heist
9. Three Fingers
10. Nava
11. Manifest Destiny Pt. 1
12. Manifest Destiny Pt. 2
13. True
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Listen to snippets of tracks from the whole album below:


We're currently giving Planet Rock VIPs the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Rival Sons perform an acoustic show in London on 20 September.

The band will be performing material from the new album along with tracks from their back catalogue in a stripped back and extremely intimate environment.

If you're a Planet Rock VIP already then you can click on the button below to enter. If you're not signed up yet then CLICK HERE to sign up.


If you can't make the acoustic show then be sure to see Rival Sons on the road in the UK later this month as they really are one of the finest live acts on the circuit right now.

The band are playing shows across the country from 21 September and tickets are selling fast.

Take a look at the dates below and get tickets now.

21 Sept - Brighton - Concorde 2
22 Sept - Bristol - Thekla
23 Sept - Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
26 Sept - Newcastle - O2 Newcastle Academy 2
27 Sept - Glasgow - The Garage
28 Sept - Manchester - Ritz
29 Sept - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
01 Oct - London - Electric Ballroom