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Gig review: SABATON / ACCEPT – 117 Piraeus Academy, Athens, 8 March 2017

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European Power Metal has always enjoyed a healthy level of support in my home country but not even the most optimistic of music fans would expect that a venue as big as the Academy (can accommodate approximately 1600 people), of … Continue reading

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Gig review: VARDIS & DIAMOND HEAD – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London, 18 July 2015

VARDIS  – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London, 18 July 2015

It’s been thirteen years since I started working for Get Ready to ROCK! and, during that time, I have had the pleasure of reviewing many London shows – yet, I have to admit that I didn’t know that the Bush … Continue reading

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Gig review: EVERGREY – The Underworld, Camden, London, 20 June 2015

EVERGREY – The Underworld, Camden, London, 20 June 2015

My love affair with Progressive Power Metalers Evergrey began, as most love affairs tend to do, completely by accident. The year was 1999 and US legends Crimson Glory visited my native country Greece in order to promote their latest album … Continue reading

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Gig review: VOIVOD – The Underworld, Camden, London, 20 May 2015

VOIVOD – The Underworld, Camden, London 20 May 2015

Support Acts: Krokodil, Desert Storm There are two types of bands in this world; those that you can do without and those that you cannot have enough of. Canadian Prog Thrashers Voivod do not simply fall onto the latter category … Continue reading

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Gig review: FLOTSAM & JETSAM – The Underworld, Camden, London, 18 May 2015

Support Acts: Bliksem, Desolator Monday evening gigs are events that I normally like the plague but, then again, it is not very often that you have a band like Flotsam and Jetsam visiting London for a show – especially one … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE GENTLE STORM – The Relentless Garage, London, 23 April 2015

Support Acts: Stream Of Passion Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis It was twenty years ago that the Rutten brothers decided to entrust the young and up-and-coming Anneke van Giersbergen with the position behind then mike … Continue reading

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Gig review: KAMELOT – O2 Islington Academy, London, 14 March 2015

KAMELOT – O2 Academy Islington, London, 14 March 2015

Support Acts: Gus G, Skarlett Riot. Four years ago, Progressive/Symphonic Power Metallers Kamelot witnessed the departure from their ranks of Roy Khan – their charismatic and imposing frontman who, during his fourteen year tenure with the band, helped bring to … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE PINEAPPLE THIEF – The O2 Islington Academy, London, 3 December 2014

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF – The O2 Islington Academy, London, 3 December 2014

Ask me to name my favourite albums for 2014 and The Pineapple Thief’s “Magnolia” will certainly feature in my Top 10 list. Even though my introduction to Bruce Soord’s  Alternative/Progressive Rock outfit only took place a couple of years ago, … Continue reading

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Gig review: ACCEPT – The Forum, London, 27 November 2014

ACCEPT – The Forum, London, 27 November 2014

When the last of many attempts to reunite Udo Dirkschneider with the remaining members of Accept folded back in 2009, many fans of the German Heavy Metal combo, myself included, believed that the days of this musical institution were numbered. … Continue reading

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Gig review: BIGELF – The Garage, London, 19 November 2014

Support Acts: Bend Sinister / Jolly Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Though first formed in Los Angeles twenty three years ago, it took the US trio Bigelf plenty of personal effort and the committed support … Continue reading

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Gig review: DARK TRANQUILLITY – The Underworld, London, 9 November 2014

 Acyl - The Underworld, London, 9 November 2014

Support Acts: Amoral, Acyl Review and photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis The secret to musical longevity is difficult to define, however, there are bands like the Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal quintet Dark Tranquillity who seem to know very well what … Continue reading

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Gig review: MESSENGER – The Borderline, London, 15 October 2014

MESSENGER – The Borderline, London, 15 October 2014

Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis In the short period since they first came together as a band back in 2012, Psychedelic/Progressive Rock troupe Messenger have really made their presence felt in the music world. Having … Continue reading

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Gig review: DESTRUCTION – The Underworld, London, 8 October 2014

DESTRUCTION – The Underworld, London, 8 October 2014

Support Act: Shrapnel, Lost Society, Evil Invaders Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Attending Metal shows, even those taking place right in the middle of the week, is, strangely, still something I do with the passion … Continue reading

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Gig review: ONSLAUGHT – O2 Islington Academy, London, 20 July 2014

Artillery, O2 Islington Academy, London, 20 July 2014

Support Act: Artillery, Nightlord, One Machine Review and photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis July is not the best of months to arrange a gig in London. This is the time of the year when most people are either counting their … Continue reading

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Gig review: ANGRA – Camden Underworld, London, 24 June 2014

ANGRA – Camden Underworld, London, 24 June 2014

Support Act: Stormborn Review by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Planning a gig in London during the Football World Cup in full swing is equivalent to commercial suicide for most bands but the fact that it’s been … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE FLOWER KINGS – O2 Islington Academy, London, 8 May 2014

Sound Of Contact - O2 Islington Academy, London, 8 May 2014

Support Act: Sound Of Contact Review and photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Performing a show in London on the same day that Yes are headlining the legendary Royal Albert Hall is the worst scenario for any Prog Rock band and … Continue reading

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Gig review: METAL ALLIANCE 2014 – Tremont Music Hall, North Carolina

I hate my Birthday. Hate it with a deep passion. It has nothing to do with getting older. I really couldn’t care less about my age. It’s just a number. I hate it mostly because I link my Birthday with … Continue reading

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Gig Review: GAZPACHO – 02 Islington Academy, London, 15 April 2014

GAZPACHO – 02 Islington Academy, London, 15 April 2014

Support Acts: Se Delan, Bruce and Jon from the Pineapple Thief Review and photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis On the 15 April I decided to ignore the fact that I was travelling the following day, and surrendered instead to my … Continue reading

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Gig review: WITHIN TEMPTATION/Delain – Manchester Apollo, 11 April 2014

Within Temptation - Manchester Apollo, 11 April 2014

As I arrive at the venue tonight a full hour before it opens the draw of the bands is evident as the queues are already stretching up the road for this rearranged show. The tour originally due to be in … Continue reading

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Gig review: RIVERSIDE – O2 Liverpool Academy, 5 April 2014

Support Act: Votum Review and Photos by Yiannis (John) Stefanis Polish Prog Metal outfit Riverside have acquired a reputation for being a top quality live band over the years, so accepting this gig assignment was a no-brainer to me. Now, … Continue reading

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