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EP review: EPICA – Epica vs Attack On Titan

EPICA - Epica vs Attack On Titan

Nuclear Blast [Release date 20.07.18] This EP features Epica covering songs based on the Japanese anime ‘Attack On Titan’. It features four songs (along with an instrumental version of each song) originally written and composed by Revo of Linked Horizon (who is a fan of … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 3 – 29 July 2018

Black Star Riders - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 3 - 29 July 2018

There was a tentative start to Sunday as the dreadful weather continued with what can only be described as monsoon rains decided to throw in some 40mph gusts for good measure. The organisers opened the arena early so those in … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 2 – 28 July 2018

Aaron Buchanan - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 2 - 28 July 2018

When the weather is already a little inclement, you’re tempting fate slightly when the first band of the day play their tracks “Hurricane” and “Thunder Child”, but that’s exactly what The Bad Flowers did. If the rain hadn’t woke everybody … Continue reading

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Gig review: STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 1 – 27 July 2018

Phil Campbell - STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL DAY 1 - 27 July 2018

Even if you have never been to Steelhouse Festival, you may have heard tell of the road up the top of the mountain that is home to the highest festival in the UK. I can assure you, all these stories … Continue reading

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Quick plays: SULPHER, NIGHT DEMON, DANIEL TRIGGER

SULPHER No One Will Ever Know SPV/Oblivion [Release date 31.08.18] Suplher formed back in 2000 by vocalist/guitarist Rob Holliday (Marilyn Manson/The Prodigy) and drummer Steve Monti, who has worked with the likes of Gary Numan and the Jesus and the Mary … Continue reading

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Album review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – Meanwhile, Back In The Garage

GRAHAM BONNET BAND - Meanwhile, Back At The Garage

Frontiers [Release date 13.07.18] One of the pleasing things in rock over the past few years is the rejuvenation of Graham Bonnet.  Welcomed back to the Michael Schenker multi-vocalist fest, and with a handful of tours and festivals under his … Continue reading

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Gig review: THUNDERSTICK – Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend, 28 July 2018

THUNDERSTICK - Leo’s Red Lion, Gravesend, 28 July 2018

Back in the early 80s after a three-album stint with Samson, masked drummer and NWOBHM pioneer Thunderstick (Barry Graham Purkis) formed a band of the same name. Female-fronted, first with Ana Marie Borg then with Jodee Valentine, it allowed Purkis … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DESTINIA, THE RADIO SUN, RAT SCABIES

DESTINIA Metal Souls Frontiers [Release date 13.07.18] Destinia is the new project featuring Japanese shred merchant Nozomu Wakai, who has released two albums to date under his own name – ‘Requiem For A Scream’ (2014) and ‘Anecdote Of The Queens’ … Continue reading

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Album review: SAXON – Reissues (Innocence Is No Excuse, Rock The Nations, Destiny)

SAXON – Innocence Is No Excuse

BMG [Release date 10.08.18] BMG complete their run of the CD remasters from Saxon and take in the mid to late 80s. This trio of albums by the NWoBHM legends are often overlooked, and looking back now they are far … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MOB RULES, MIKE VASS

MOB RULES Beast Reborn SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 24.08.18] Mob Rules have been around for awhile now and although never reaching the heights of popularity of some fellow power metal bands, they have built a large and loyal following. Their latest album … Continue reading

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Album review: POWERWOLF – The Sacrament Of Sin

Napalm Records [Release date 20.07.18] Powerwolf are back with their seventh album, or as the band would put it their latest set of psalms! They have been building on their fanbase with each successive release and tour – they are … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – L-1ve

  Inside Out [Release date 20.06.18] UK prog metalers Haken have the world at their feet these days. Top ranking album reviews and in depth interviews adorn the pages of some of the most high profile music magazines such as … Continue reading

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Album review: MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

MICHAEL ROMEO – War Of The Worlds, Pt. One

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 27.07.18] Former Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo’s ‘War of the Worlds’ has very little to do with the enduring Jeff Wayne adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic sci-fi book. However, the title does give the … Continue reading

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Album review: THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE – The Shape Of Blues To Come

THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE -  The Shape Of Blues To Come

Provogue [Release date 20.07.18] ‘The Shape Of Blues To Come’ is a conceptual titled album that pushes the blues envelope into unexpected directions The Apocalypse Blues Revue is a head-on collision between metal (Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola from Godsmack)and … Continue reading

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Album review: ZAL CLEMINSON’S SIN’DOGS

ZAL CLEMINSON’S SIN’DOGS

Facebook Guitarist Zal Cleminson found fame in The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) during the 70s, where his guitar playing and mime-makeup blew many a mind. Many other projects along the way, including a reformed SAHB (with vocalist Max Maxwell), … Continue reading

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Gig review: STONE FREE FESTIVAL – Day 1 – O2, London, 16 June 2018

The Scorpions - STONE FREE FESTIVAL, O2, London, 16 June 2018

Photo: Andy Nathan The Stone Free festival once again took over the O2 in London for a weekend of metal, prog and some of the best live whistling ever heard! Andy Nathan and Dave Atkinson were there to capture all … Continue reading

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Gig review: DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL – Donington Park, 8-10 June 2018

It was 30 years ago that I attended Donington for the first time for a Monsters of Rock festival (as it then was) that was summed up by the contemporary Kerrang! headline ‘The Triumph and the Tragedy’. A record crowd … Continue reading

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Gig review: VOLBEAT – ABC, Glasgow, 6 June 2018

VOLBEAT – ABC, Glasgow, 6 June 2018

There can’t be many bands who have their own personal busker, but walking down Sauchiehall Street towards tonight’s venue I could hear the strains of an acoustic guitar and someone blasting out a decent version of ‘Lola Montez’. Apparently the enterprising gentleman had been there most of the … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) July 2018 – September 2018

Marillion - All One Tonight - Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Compiled by Jason Ritchie July 6th BARENAKED LADIES ‘Stunt 20th Anniversary Edition’ (CD/DVD) Parlophone DEVILDRIVER ‘Outlaws Till The End’ (country covers album) Napalm Records JUDY DYBLE ‘Earth Is Sleeping’ Acid Jazz Records A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS ‘Ascension’ IMMORTAL ‘Northern Cross’ … Continue reading

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Quick plays: MISHAPED PEARLS, LORDS OF BLACK

MISHAPED PEARLS Shivelight [Release date 25.05.18] Mishaped Pearls latest album’s title Shivelight comes from a word created by the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. The word describes the lances of sunshine that pierce through a woodland canopy. An apt description as Mishaped Pearls have … Continue reading

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