Tag Archives: metal

Single review: GOYA – Prophecie

  Facebook [Release date 08.03.19] Instrumental progressive rock, eh ? It’s not for everyone and typically not for the Mad Dog. However, having set aside my traditional aversion to both “prog” and “instrumentals” and opened my mind wide enough to … Continue reading

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Album review: TRAGEDY: ALL METAL TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES & BEYOND – Goes To The Movies

[Release date 11.02.19] Do you remember the Disco/Metal Peace accord of 1977? No me neither, however from this momentous event came the seeds for the founding of Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond. Looking like the … Continue reading

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Quick plays: VINDICATA, REVOLUTION HIGHWAY, ROCKICKS

VINDICATA Beneath The Surface

VINDICATA Beneath The Surface Grooveyard Records [Release date 23.11.18] The “secret weapon” on this debut album might be construed as early Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland (who handles most of the solos) but in actual fact it’s vocalist Mary Magill who … Continue reading

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Album review: KANE ROBERTS – The New Normal

KANE ROBERTS - The New Normal

Frontiers [Release date 25.01.19] Guitarist Kane Roberts – who first came to light as part of Alice Cooper’s band in the mid-80s – returns with a new solo album and one that is certainly a mixed musical bag. The album … Continue reading

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Album review: BEAST IN BLACK – From Hell With Love

Nuclear Blast [Release date 08.02.19] Beast In Black hail from Finland and were formed in 2015 when guitarist and songwriter Anton Kabanen left his previous band Battle Beast. They released their debut album ‘Berserker’ in 2017 and now they are … Continue reading

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Album review: RHAPSODY OF FIRE – The Eighth Mountain

RHAPSODY OF FIRE - The Eighth Mountain

AFM Records [Release date 22.02.19] Italian power metal band return with their latest album, cementing the new/current line-up. Formed in the mid 90 as Rhapsody, RoF made the genre of symphonic power metal their own. Founder members keyboard player Alex … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC GALES – The Bookends

ERIC GALES – The Bookends

Provogue  [Release date 08.02.19] Back in his psychedelic rock days, I always used to think that it was Eric Gales’s second solo that defined both the song itself and the guitarist’s signature style. Just like a boxer he bobbed, weaved … Continue reading

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Album review: RAVEN – Screaming Murder Death From Above – Live In Aalborg

SPV/Steamhammer [Release date 18.01.19] Most often associated with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, Raven formed in the mid 70′s and had some notoriety in the early 80′s. Playing their brand of Athletic Rock, they were a big influence … Continue reading

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Album review: SOEN – Lotus

Silver Lining Music [Release date 01.02.19] Swedish based progressive metal band Soen were formed in the mid 00′s, and are an extreme metal supergroup of sorts, with their founder members having a collective CV of Opeth, Testament, Death, Willowtree and … Continue reading

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Album review: ALCATRAZZ – Live In Japan

ALCATRAZZ – Live In Japan

Frontiers Records [Release date 28.09.18] This live album captures Alcatrazz on their 1984 Japanese tour at the Nankano Sun Plaza in Tokyo. This is the recently discovered full version of the show which has been remastered and features a set … Continue reading

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Upcoming: New releases (CD/DVD) January 2019 – March 2019

STEVE HACKETT - Under The Edge Of The Sun

Compiled by Jason Ritchie 2019 January 1st FATES WARNING ‘Awaken the Guardian Live’ 4th LEGION OF THE DAMNED ‘Slaves of the Shadow Realm’ Napalm Records 11th BRING ME THE HORIZON ‘Amo’ SOILWORK ‘The Arrival Of Verkligheten’ Nuclear Blast TAKING BACK … Continue reading

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Upcoming: UK & Ireland Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Blue Oyster Cult - HARD ROCK HELL, Pwllheli, 15 November 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Your tour not listed? Contact us! Updated 19/02/2019   2019 FESTIVALS HRH AOR Thursday 14th-Sunday 17th March Haven Hafan y Mor Holiday Park, Pwllheli UFO + … Continue reading

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Upcoming: European, USA & World Tour Dates and Gig Listing (2019)

Dream Theater - Manchester O2 Apollo, 13 February 2014

Compiled by Jason Ritchie Please check with venue and/or relevant website(s) to confirm availability. Updated 20/02/2019   ACCEPT 2019-04-20 Wuppertal (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-21 Leipzig (Haus Auensee) DE 2019-04-22 Hamburg (Mehr! Theater) DE 2019-04-23 Fürth (Stadthalle) DE 2019-04-25 Kiev (Palace Ukraine) … Continue reading

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Album review: EVERGREY – The Atlantic

AFM Records [Release date 25.01.19] ‘The Atlantic’ is the eleventh album from Evergrey, the masters of dark and atmospheric metal. Tom S Englund and the band have really worked on every detail of the album, be it the sea theme … Continue reading

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Gig review: THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Biebob, Vosselaar, 27 November 2018

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA – Biebob, Vosselaar – 27th November 2018

Had you asked me twenty or so years ago whether I would ever consider attending a show featuring a band whose singer is sporting a shiny purple suit the answer would be a resounding ‘no’. Funnily enough, that is exactly … Continue reading

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Album review: NORTHWARD – s/t

NORTHWARD

Nuclear Blast [Release date 18.10.18] The cover art image of the two main protagonists here – Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, and Pagan’s Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad – photoshopped head to head, jaws agape and bawling at each other, offers … Continue reading

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Album review: GINGER WILDHEART – G.A.S.S Mark 2

GINGER WILDHEART - G.A.S.S Mark 2

Round Records [ Release Date 20.09.18] The approach with every Ginger Wildheart album is ‘expect the unexpected’. Ginger is not one for sticking to a particular genre or style on his albums and this release is no different, only Devin Townsend can touch Ginger in the … Continue reading

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Album review: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – Symphonized

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN – Symphonized

Inside Out [Release date 16.11.18] In the summer of 1992 a good friend came to mine for a visit carrying with him “Always…”, the debut release of an atmospheric Death Metal outfit named The Gathering. My attraction to the work … Continue reading

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Album review: ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

 ERIC CLAPTON AND THE YARDBIRDS Feat.SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON

The Store For Music  [Release date: 09.11.18] And so to the endlessly recycled ‘Eric Clapton And The Yardbirds with Sonny Boy Williams’ (Williamson) and a few tracks from Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. This material will always hold some interest … Continue reading

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Album review: HOLTER – Vlad The Impaler

Frontiers [Release date 09.11.18] Born as a one-off musical extravaganza by Trond Holter (ex-Wig Wam) and singer Jorn Lande, the ‘Swing Of Death’ album met with favourable reviews (fellow GRTR! reviewer Phil Berisford rated it an impressive ****1/2). So much so … Continue reading

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