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News: BLACK SABBATH – Ten Year War Box Set (September 2017)

BLACK SABBATH

Heavy metal legends release a limited edition vinyl box set on 29 September via BMG. ‘The Ten Year War’ brings together their eight Ozzy-fronted albums, plus many other rarities, all housed within exclusive artwork created by renowned street artist, graphic … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLACK SABBATH – 02 Arena, London, 31 January 2017

Black Sabbath - DOWNLOAD, 10-12 June 2016

Gloomy, doom-laden and portentous. And that was just the weather at North Greenwich station. A busker was smashing out ‘War Pigs’ in the ticket hall on his Gibson SG. Quite a crowd of gig-goers had gathered and he finished with … Continue reading

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Album review: BLACKTHORNE – Afterlife/Don’t Kill The Thrill (Graham Bonnet, Bob Kulick)

BLACKTHORNE - Afterlife

Hear No Evil [Release date 02.09.16] Cherry Red have embarked on a fairly extensive trawl through Graham Bonnet’s back pages, ahead of some UK dates and a generally higher profile.  We’ve reviewed some of his solo material which is frequently … Continue reading

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Album review: ASSASSIN – License To Kill

ASSASSIN - License To Kill

Thanks to this little invention called the Internet I have managed to discover an amazing amount of music and bands – some of it stuff just hitting the shelves while others are items I’ve often heard or read about and … Continue reading

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Gig review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Kentish Town Forum, London, 29 July 2016

BLUE OYSTER CULT - Kentish Town Forum, London, 29 July 2016

This was a bit of a special event as not only was this the first sighting of Blue Oyster Cult outside of a holiday camp in the UK for a few years, but this gig marked the return of drummer … Continue reading

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Album review: DIAMOND HEAD – s/t

DIAMOND HEAD

Dissonance [Release date 22.04.16] As Brian Tatler says in a recent interview with GRTR! Rasmus Bom Anderson has given the band a kick up the arse.  The Danish singer has co-written the material but also provides excellent vocals throughout.  I … Continue reading

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Gig review: DIAMOND HEAD – The Patriot, Caerphilly, 23 April 2016

DIAMOND HEAD - The Patriot, Caerphilly, 23 April 2016

Being a young metal fan growing up in South Wales  in the early 80s, we had an abundance of places to to search for music: HMV,  independent record shops like Musiquarium, Roxcene Records and Spillers to name a few, we … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Eagles And Dragons (9-vinyl box set)

SAXON - Eagles And Dragons

Demon Records [Release date 18.03.16] Nine albums, nearly twenty years in timespan, and another chance for recycling under the auspices of 180 gram vinyl.  This means you don’t get bonus tracks, just the original albums in original sleeves and inners … Continue reading

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Album review: SOTO – Divak

SOTO - Divak

earMUSIC [Release date 01.04.16] Soto’s debut album ‘Inside The Vertigo’  came and went early last year, and judging by the critical reaction perhaps splitting some of the core JSS fanbase as it marked a return to the more hard-hitting metal … Continue reading

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Album review: CRIMSON STONE – Crimson Stone

Crimson Stone - Crimson Stone

La Choza De Doe [Release date 07.06.15] Which came first the chicken or the egg?  Put it another way, do bands like Crimson Stone try to fit a pre-existing musical mould? Crimson Stone show just enough imagination within a huge … Continue reading

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Gig review: DORO – The Tivoli, Buckley, North Wales, 21 November 2015

DORO - The Tivoli, Buckley, North Wales, 21 November 2015

On a cold, damp night in November it takes a damn good reason to entice ageing rockers out of their warm cocoon and weekly fix of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.  But how could you miss the legendary Doro Pesch, still celebrating … Continue reading

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Gig review: MONUMENT AND OUTLOUD, Barfly, Camden, London- 17 April 2015

The contrasting styles of Monument and Outloud have combined for what by all accounts has been a successful tour and a good value double bill, but at their London show at the Barfly not all went to plan. One of … Continue reading

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Gig review: VARDIS – Unity Works, Wakefield, 13 December 2014

VARDIS - Unity Works, Wakefield, 13 December 2014

So if you happened to be around in the late 70′s early 80′s you would have experienced the whole NWOBHM movement and if you were lucky enough you would have gone to some amazingly memorable gigs, some memorable for the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE LURKING CORPSES – Workin’ For The Devil

THE LURKING CORPSES - Workin

Hells Headbangers – Out Now. Human being develop many different mechanisms through life in order to cope with and protect themselves from everyday dangers, the most common of which are the application of logic and the trust in one’s git … Continue reading

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Album review: OCTOBER 31 – Bury The Hatchet

OCTOBER 31 - Bury The Hatchet

Hells Headbangers – Out Now. First formed in Arlington Virginia back in 1995, October 31 are a Heavy Metal outfit whose music is a tribute to 80s Metal, both in terms of sound employed and the overall approach to song-writing. … 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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Album review: NECROHOLOCAUST – Holocaustic Goat Metal

NECROHOLOCAUST – Holocaustic Goat Metal

Iron Bonehead – Out Now. Though a huge fan of the Canadian Metal scene since the mid 80s, I admit that the name Necroholocaust meant absolutely nothing to me prior to being granted access to “Holocaustic Goat Metal” – the … Continue reading

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Album review: DEATH PENALTY – Death Penalty

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

Rise Above – Out Now. There are many fans of groove-laden Doom Metal, myself included, who still cannot believe that UK legends Cathedral are no longer with us. During, however, the time that we were left licking our wounds and … Continue reading

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Album review: KING OF ASGARD – Karg

KING OF ASGARD – Karg

Metal Blade – Out Now. Sometimes, the choice of an appropriate name is really worth its weight in gold. Take, for instance, the Swedish Melodic Death/Viking Metal quartet King Of Asgard. I had absolutely no clue whatsoever what these lads … Continue reading

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Album review: POWERWOLF – The History Of Heresy I (2004-2008)

POWERWOLF – The History Of Heresy I (2004-2008)

Metal Blade – Out Now. It’s been eleven years since my career as a music journalist began and, to this day, there are times that I still find myself baffled by some of the decisions made by even of the … Continue reading

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