IVE REVIEW: Hurricane Darkness rips into The Limeight Oct16

IVE REVIEW: Hurricane Darkness rips into The Limei...

LIVE REVIEW: Hurricane Darkness rips into The Limeight ON what may become known as Ophelia Eve, a storm of a different kind arrived in Belfast’s Limelight and played like it was their last night on Earth. The night began with Cork three piece ‘Mindriot’. The room was already full when they kicked things off. The lads even managed to get the punters chanting along. They made the most of their little sliver of stage and warmed the crowd up considerably for the impending storm, even if lead vocalist Tony’s banter between songs was difficult to comprehend; a combination of a heavy bass and an even heavier accent! After a small break, The...

THE FRANKLYS RELEASE...

THE FRANKLYS RELEASE THIRD SINGLE ‘KEEPER’ FROM THEIR DEBUT ALBUM Autumn single release from the London garage four-piece that brings out a darker side of their debut album Comprised of two members from Sweden and two from England, The Franklys have created something unique,...

Samarkind- Samarkind

  Samarkind- Samarkind What the hell are they putting in the water in Ireland? The emerald isle already has a host of brilliant young talent, The Answer, Baleful Creed, Gasoline Outlaws and The Screaming Eagles to name but a few. Yes, they have also produced gods in the likes of thin Lizzy and Gary Moore so be prepared to add another name to the list, Samarkind are about to send shockwaves through the rock world with this debut release. From the moment opener “ Black Rain” hums its way to your ears till the bluesy “Blue Mountain” fades out you are going to be in blues/rock heaven. I can happily say this is the best debut of 2017 for...

METALLICA LAUNCH LON...

METALLICA LAUNCH LONDON POP UP SHOP IN ADVANCE OF UK TOUR METALLICA LAUNCH LONDON POP UP SHOP IN ADVANCE OF UK TOUR Ahead of their sold out UK Tour METALLICA have announced they will be opening a pop up store in London. It will open on October 18th through to October 23rd from 12 pm – 8...

The Kentucky Headhunters/ Bad Touch @ 02, ABC, Glasgow Oct13

The Kentucky Headhunters/ Bad Touch @ 02, ABC, Gla...

  The Kentucky Headhunters/ Bad Touch @ 02, ABC, Glasgow After seeing this show last year you would be mentally deranged to miss it again. Even though Inglorious were playing down the street and I love them there was no way I was missing this. I was expecting big things from this show but even I was blown away at how good this was. As I walk into the venue I am wondering what the smell is, no, it is not the Gary Numan fans downstairs…it is MUD! Local band The Swamp Born Assassins have been added to the bill and what a stroke of genius. I have heard a lot of noise about this band but never saw them live even though I am very...

Falling Red Release ...

Falling Red Release Single and Reveal new video Falling Red premiere new video for their single ‘My Town My City’. The track is from their exciting new album ‘Lost Souls’, due for release on 16th March, 2018. Vocalist and lead guitarist Andrew Roze comments “This song is very much not the...

Inglorious The Classic Grand Glasgow

  Inglorious The Classic Grand Glasgow 10/10/2017 Music fans were spoiled for choice as to which gig they were going to go to on a Tuesday night in Glasgow. Gary Numan , The Kentucky Headhunters , Midge Ure and their support bands all playing . What a clash ! The first of many in the next couple of months I guess. Can I make it from one venue another to see the 2nd support band or catch the headlining band finish ? Too much hassle and nothing guaranteed so I stayed put where I was. I arrived at the Classic Grand as Toby Jepson and his Wayward Sons were playing to an almost full venue. I caught 5 numbers by them . Not sure how much time...

Mollie Marriott on t...

  “TRUTH IS A WOLF” THE NEW ALBUM RELEASED 3 NOVEMBER 2017 Mollie Marriott on tour with Bad Touch November 2017 UK Tour “Infectiously vivacious, soulful and connected. Mollie is the real deal” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 “Strong songs with a great voice, Mollie’s got it all.” – Ronnie...

ALBUM REVIEW: Stormb...

ALBUM REVIEW: Stormbringer strident on third release Born A Dying Breed FOR their third album it seems the English rockers Stormbringer have nailed a sound that they are comfortable with, a band comfortable in their own rock ‘n’ roll skins. Given their début release in 2011 had a...

ALBUM REVIEW: LA Gun...

ALBUM REVIEW: LA Guns back with a bang on The Missing Peace People said it would never happen, that we’d never see new L.A. Guns material with Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunited under the same L.A. Guns banner. But it has and finally, ‘The Missing Peace’ is here! Long awaited...

LIVE REVIEW: Alter Bridge’s triumphant retur...

LIVE REVIEW: Alter Bridge’s triumphant return to Belfast’s Ulster Hall AFTER playing two gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in London earlier in the week it was clear the band was pumped up and that Belfast was in for yet another spectacular Alter Bridge show. Playing to another nearly sold out crowd they brought with them London formed rock band As Lions playing songs from their début album ‘Selfish Age’ it was evident from the start that this band had energy and a good stage presence of a band that had been performing for a while, playing songs such as ‘White Flags’ and ‘Bury my Dead’ they got the crowd’s attention. The lights...

Samarkind to release...

Following the success of their first single, ‘Sun Stroke Heart’, multi-national hard rock blues group SAMARKIND have announced their self-titled debut album will be released on 24th November 2017. Featuring eight tracks and clocking in at 33 minutes, this short (but most definitely sweet)...

MORBID ANGEL

MORBID ANGEL ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘KINGDOMS DISDAINED’ RELEASE DATE: 1ST DECEMBER 2017 The band’s 9th studio album will be released worldwide on Dec 1st on Silver Linings Music (except Japan JVC), reuniting guitarist and founder Trey Azagthoth with bassist and vocalist Steve Tucker...

The Professionals are back! Oct11

The Professionals ar...

35 years later, the band formed from the ashes of the Sex Pistols by Paul Cook and Steve Jones is back.  Revitalised, re-energised and reinvigorated, the band proudly release their new album What In The World on October 27th 2017, on Automaton Records. What In The World bristles with...

TARJA RELEASES WINTER ALBUM

  TARJA RELEASES WINTER ALBUM “FROM SPIRITS AND GHOSTS (SCORE FOR A DARK CHRISTMAS)” ON NOVEMBER 17, 2017 ON earMUSIC. INCLUDING BRAND NEW ORIGINAL SONG “TOGETHER”. This year, Tarja is bringing the festive season early with the release of her brand new Christmas album “from Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a dark Christmas)” on November 17. This Christmas you can expect the unexpected. The album includes 11 Christmas classics and brings them to a never before seen level, uniquely blending Tarja’s classically trained voice with darker gothic influences. Utilizing the sound of a grand orchestra, the most successful Finnish solo artist puts...

LIVE REVIEW: The Glory that is Inglorious live

LIVE REVIEW: The Glory that is Inglorious live ON an autumnal Tuesday evening the bright light in our lives that bears the label classic rock breathed life into Belfast’s Ormeau Avenue Limelight in the shape of Inglorious. Though foreshortened by the usual student disco shit happening later in the night, Inglorious grasped an adoring crowd by the scruff of the neck – in the nicest possible way of way of course. Before that tender rock choking local metal heroes Stormzonesurmounted an albeit cramped stage to assault the unwary with a set crackling with songs oozing with their typical energy. Harv as the deadly vocal jester...

ALBUM REVIEW: Lush e...

ALBUM REVIEW: Lush exploration of darkness from The Fright on Canto V DANTE explored the sinful nature of humanity in his tales exploring the circles of hell. While we may be living in a time when there are less wars and less global deaths, despite what rolling news might tell us, it is still...

NEWS: Bloodstock ups the ante with three stellar acts in the metal universe Oct11

NEWS: Bloodstock ups...

NEWS: Bloodstock ups the ante with three stellar acts in the metal universe PEOPLE got excited and a little bit overcome when Bloodstock announced Judas Priest as the Friday night headliner, but today’s announcement saw thousands swoon in delight. Yep, added to the bill are Emperor,...

Papa Roach @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Oct11

Papa Roach @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

Papa Roach @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Papa Roach came to Glasgow once again, they came to promote Crooked Teeth and they ended up leaving the city with punters battered and bruised as they slipped the key to the hearts of everyone here easily into their pocket. Before we get to the total chaos Papa Roach created there is a matter of support band Ho99o9. This will be short and sweet…Congratulations guys, you have really went for broke and you have just won an accolade 37 years in the making. You took my worst support band slot with ease. Now this was no mean feat I can assure you. In 37 years of gig going I have seen some terrible acts,...

Living Colour/Stone Broken, The Garage, Glasgow Oct09

Living Colour/Stone Broken, The Garage, Glasgow

  After a string of cancellations funksters Living Colour finally made it to a stage in Glasgow. Having not seen them since their heyday how did they fair? Before we get to the big question we have the big support. Stone Broken are the reason I am here tonight, I make no bones about being a massive fan, so much so I have not missed one of their shows in Scotland. It has been a hell of a year for the band, touring Europe with Glen Hughes, Download, Ramblin man main stage and one of the biggest crowds I saw at Camden Rocks, yes, this band are going places. Bizarrely I don’t even feel I need to cover the show tonight, they were awesome,...

N PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVE NATION AND SPOTIFY, FIVE F...

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVE NATION AND SPOTIFY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & IN FLAMES JOIN FORCES FOR THE FIRST TIME TO BRING FANS THE MOST EXCITING ARENA ROCK TOUR OF 2017 BAND REVEAL NEW VIDEO ‘AIN’T MY LAST DANCE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVE NATION AND SPOTIFY, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & IN FLAMES JOIN FORCES FOR THE FIRST TIME TO BRING FANS THE MOST EXCITING ARENA ROCK TOUR OF 2017  IN A 5-WEEK TREK ACROSS  EUROPE AND THE UK BAND REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR ‘AIN’T MY LAST DANCE’ A true clash of the titans, America’s preeminent multiplatinum chart-topping hard rock band Five Finger Death Punch unite with renowned chart-topping...

Caligula’s Horse – Live in Adelaide Oct02

Caligula’s Horse – Live in Adelaide

  Caligula’s Horse – Live in Adelaide We are sitting in the car on the way home from the gig trying to work out how many times we have seen Caligula’s Horse in the last twelve months. Was it seven? Was it more than seven? I even mentioned to their PR that it seems that I go to the gig then get a notification about a new tour from them. Each time we see them it’s another step forward but on tonight’s performance it is a huge jump up. This band has taken it to another level. Part of that is the solid new album In Contact which got a good going over on the set list. The night starts with Dream the Dead which is an eight minute track that...

Stevie Nimmo Quartet, Oran Mor, Glasgow Oct02

Stevie Nimmo Quartet, Oran Mor, Glasgow

  Stevie Nimmo Quartet, Oran Mor, Glasgow How to turn disaster into a huge win in one easy move. OK Stevie, time to write that book! I hate to bring up a negative right at the start of a review but hopefully the positives will far outweigh this. I have spent the last two years watching and writing about Stevie and Alan Nimmo separately. I have done live and album reviews galore and watched the two brothers and bands vie for my attention and I have seen each gig outdo the last one. Do not get me wrong here, I love everything these boys do, I go way back with them and I will support and shout their praises as long as I have breath in my...

NEWS: HRH announces ...

NEWS: HRH announces the nominees for its first ever HRH Awards HARD Rock Hell has announced the nominees for the very first HRH Awards. The Awards have been shaped by classic HRH values: community-led and custom-built by the fans, reflecting the tastes of the HRH Loyal, and the wider...

Testament have annou...

BAY Area thrash giants Testament have announced that they will be re-releasing 5 of their classic albums on November 17th 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The re-issues read as follows: ‘Live At The Fillmore’ (1995) ‘Demonic’ (1997) ‘The Gathering’ (1999) – remastered by Andy Sneap ‘First Strike...

Broken Witt Rebels @ SWG3, Glasgow Sep29

Broken Witt Rebels @ SWG3, Glasgow

  Broken Witt Rebels @ SWG3, Glasgow A last minute, two date appearance in Glasgow by BWR had me a little more than excited. Everything was cancelled as I made sure I was attending the last night of this short tour supporting the 125th Anniversary of Jack Daniels Red Dog saloon. Tonight was a free show with a difference, a show where they threw free Jack Daniels down your throat in any concoction and mixed it in with food all done with Jack Daniels sauce. This made for a very mixed audience but the BWR fans were spotted a mile away, whereas the freeloaders(and mostly students) were here for the drink, food and some good old craic. It...

PAPA ROACH ANNOUNCE ...

PAPA ROACH ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2017 & UNVEIL NEW VIDEO “PERISCOPE” FEATURING SKYLAR GREY Following the release of their ninth studio album ‘Crooked Teeth’ last month which scored them their 4th consecutive Top 20 entry in the UK, Papa Roach are pleased to announce that they will...

Album Review: Ruby t...

  Album Review: Ruby the Hatchet – ‘Planetary Space Child’  Likely that this may be my shortest review ever as typing time is not listening to Ruby the Hatchet (Ruby) time! Ruby are a five piece from the US that exist in the 1960s and travel to the present to blow our minds. Planetary...

Cradle of Filth bring glorious gothic terror to be...

ALBUM REVIEW: Cradle of Filth bring glorious gothic terror to bear on Cryptoriana IF ‘Hammer of Witches’ proved that Cradle of Filth had regained their edgy artistic mojo then new release ‘Cryptorian’ shifts them up to another level entirely. This is the marriage of previous musical excesses and a true sense of gothic terror – not in the mainstream sense of ‘goths’ but reaching into the dark labyrinthine murk of Victorian streets, where danger and sensuality stand side-by-side. ‘Cryptoriana’ is a tapestry of lust and evil delivered with all that you would expect from Dani and co. Apart...

Big Truck rolls over...

LBUM REVIEW: Big Truck rolls over all in its path as Trucker Diablo go to war on ‘Fighting For Everything’ THE Big Truck has just got an upgrade, superchargers fitted and the engine tuned to within an inch of its life. Trucker Diablo are rolling inexorably forward with new album...

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