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Album review: SAXON – The Eagle Has Landed

BMG [Release date 19.10.18] To coincide nicely with their latest opus Thunderbolt, we get this reissue of Saxon’s classic 1982 live album. This rounds off the BMG reissues of the Carrere and Phonogram catalogue. Originally a single LP, this comes … Continue reading

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Quick plays: THEM, SODOM, BROTHERS OF METAL

THEM Manor of the Se7en Gables SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 26.10.18] US/German thrash/power metal band return with their second album, a horror story featuring witchcraft, murder and they use a series of spoken word parts to keep the story moving along. … Continue reading

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Album review: HAKEN – Vector

Inside Out [Release date 26.10.18] Haken recently celebrated their tenth anniversary and now we have album number five from them. Although the band produced the album s they normally do, this time they enlisted Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend … Continue reading

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Gig review: FOUR STICKS CLASSIC ROCK WEEKENDER – New Cross Inn, 5-7 October 2018

FOUR STICKS CLASSIC ROCK WEEKENDER - New Cross Inn, 5-7 October 2018

Following a successful all-dayer at the same venue back in March the Four Sticks classic rock event was back for a full weekend this time. With twenty-six bands over three days it showcased the breadth of talent on the NWOCR … Continue reading

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Album review: AYREON – Into The Electric Castle

AYREON - Into The Electric Castle

Music Theories Recordings [Release date 26.10.18] Aside from being the 20th anniversary of its release and a long overdue vinyl release, the most significant thing about the Arjen Lucassen’s remixed and re-mastered 1998 Ayreon project, is the way it successfully … Continue reading

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Interview: TIM ATKINSON (LEADER OF DOWN)

Leader Of Down - Cascade Into Chaos

The brainchild of Grammy nominated former Motörhead guitarist Würzel and bass player Tim Atkinson who after forming the band Leader of Down, busied themselves in a London rehearsal studio writing dozens of tracks in preparation for recording an album. They … Continue reading

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Album review: VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

VOLA – Applause Of A Distant Crowd

Mascot records [Release date 12.10.18] Vola’s name means flying in Italian and that is precisely what the band aims for with a mixture of prog-metal, electronics and big resolving hooks, as they envelope the listener with a judiciously used wall … Continue reading

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Album review: SHINING – Animal

SHINING - Animal

Spinefarm Records [Release date 19.10.18] Shining, who hail from Norway, have previously been known for extreme jazz metal, gaining many rave reviews and plaudits along the way. However, on this new album ‘Animal’, frontman Jørgen Munkeby commented, ”this new record is more … Continue reading

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Quick plays: DREAM CHILD, THE UNITY, PLASTIC TEARS

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again

DREAM CHILD Until Death Do We Meet Again Frontiers [Release date 14.09.18] Dream Child is formed around former Dio guitarist Craig Goldy, who is joined by fellow Dio member drummer Simon Wright, former Ozzy/Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo, Wayne Findlay (ex-MSG) … Continue reading

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Gig review: ROSE TATTOO & GIRLSCHOOL – 02 Islington Academy, London, 13 September 2018

Girlschool - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Rose Tattoo’s first appearance in London in far-too-many years and it was hotly anticipated. And for those not familiar with the Aussie rock band, led by the short in stature but no way in attitude Angry Anderson, they formed in … Continue reading

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Album review: DORO – Forever Warriors, Forever United

DORO - Forever Warriors, Forever United

Nuclear Blast [Release date 17.08.18] Doro Pesch celebrates thirty five years in metal with the release of her twentieth album and to mark this special occasion it is a double album called Forever Warriors, Forever United.  Her band remains that of guitarists … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) October 2018 – December 2018

Bad Touch - Shake A Leg

Compiled by Jason Ritchie October 2nd LED ZEPPELIN by LED ZEPPELIN Reel Art Press (50th anniversary illustrated book) 5th ANTHRAX ‘State Of Euphoria’ (30th anniversary re-issue) Island Records BAD TOUCH ‘Shake A Leg’ Marshall Records BEHEMOTH ‘I Loved You At … 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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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2018)

FOREIGNER – London Palladium, 7 June 2016

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 18/10/18 FESTIVALS Hard Rock Hell Haven, Pwllheli, Gwynedd Thursday 8-Sunday 11th November Femme Fatale + Girlschool + Phil Campbell … Continue reading

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Gig review – STONEDEAF FESTIVAL – Newark Showground, 25 August 2018

STONEDEAF FESTIVAL - Newark Showground, 25 August 2018

This festival had my attention from the first announcement. A group of enthusiasts lamenting the demise of the old one day Monsters Of Rock festivals wanted to resurrect the format for those sick of the multi day, multi stage festivals. … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2018)

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 04/10/2018 AMORPHIS + SOILWORK Jan. 11 – D Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle 2 Jan. 12 – NL Nijmegen – Doornroosje Jan. 13 – D Hamburg – … Continue reading

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Gig review: GRAHAM BONNET BAND – The Tivoli, Buckley, 24 August 2018

GRAHAM BONNET BAND - The Tivoli, Buckley, 24 August 2018

Since we last saw the honourable Graham Bonnet, he has turned 70.  In the interim he’s been gigging with Schenker, playing festivals, and recording a new album.  This is a great credit to Bonnet -  in a topsy-turvy world that … Continue reading

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Album review: HALESTORM – Vicious

HALESTORM - Vicious

Atlantic [Release date 27.07.18] I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I heard Halestorm’s fabulous 2009 eponymous debut.  And it remains one of my favourite female fronted rock albums of the last decade and beyond. But frankly, for … Continue reading

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Album review: DEE SNIDER – For The Love Of Metal

DEE SNIDER - For The Love Of Metal

Napalm Records [Release date 27.07.18] Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s forthcoming fourth solo album “For The Love of Metal” is his heaviest yet, obviously, he is well known as a great hard rock singer but this shift to metal … Continue reading

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Album review: ALLY THE FIDDLE – Up

ALLY THE FIDDLE - Up

Gentle Art Of Music [Release date 14.09.18] Think of rock fiddle players and you can probably name the significant on one hand.  Jerry Goodman?  Darryl Way? Jean-Luc Ponty? Female rock fiddle players may be more of a challenge.  Anna Phoebe?  … Continue reading

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