INTERVIEW: Hellbastard’s Scruff opens up ahe...

HELLBASTARD –  a name many savour for it stands for in musical  – and political – terms. As they prepare for their show in Belfast’s Voodoo on August 25th we caught up with self-confessed “ranter” Scruff Lewty to find out some more about the ‘Bastard. Having caught their impressive show at Hammerfest earlier this year they proved that they provide a tour de force set, loaded with vigour and virtue – something that seemed to stem from a DIY attitude, however as Scruff explained wasn’t always the case. “We haven’t always taken that approach,” he said. “We have been...

Hell in the Club – We are on Fire (single) Jul23

Hell in the Club – W...

  Hell in the Club – We are on Fire (single) Hell in the Club are an Italian hard rock/heavy metal band who are beginning to make an impact in the European music scene thanks to the previous successes tied to the names of their bassist Andy Burrato from progressive metal band Secret...

Tequila Mockingbyrd at Trillian’s Rock Bar, Newcastle. Jul23

Tequila Mockingbyrd at Trillian’s Rock Bar, Newcas...

Tequila Mockingbyrd at Trillian’s Rock Bar, Newcastle. Back in February this year I missed this trio when they played with Bonafide due to my malfunctioning car. This time it sounds like it’s their turn for mechanical issues with their tour bus but more importantly they managed to get to Trillian’s Rock Bar, Newcastle alongside Massive and Black Cat Bones. If their tour bus had the same work horse attitude and power output as this Aussie / Brit female trio it would do well at Le Mans. It might not win but it will get them around. With a newly revamped line up, it must be hellishly difficult for a trio to lose 2 members and be up and running...

Massive at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle 18.07.2017. Jul19

Massive at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle 18.07.201...

Massive at Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle 18.07.2017. The Aussie four some rolled into Newcastle on the 4th leg of their ‘Destination Somewhere’ tour. Opening with a few tracks from their previous album ‘Full Throttle’ they set out their no nonsense hard hitting Aussie R&R attitude, much in the same vein as other Oz stalwarts, AC/DC and Airbourne you knew you were in for in solid heavy night; ‘Hollywood’, ‘Bring Down the City’ followed by ‘One by One’. Throwing in a couple from ‘Destination Somewhere’ in the shape of ‘Blood Money Blues’ and ‘Dancefloor’ and re-introducing the...

INTERVIEW: Terminus set for assaulting Scandanavia...

INTERVIEW: Terminus set for assaulting Scandanavia and France and working as they work on new material METAL warriors of the outer-reaches, Terminus, are set to hit to festivals in Europe this year, as they work towards another stunning collection of hard edged metal. We caught up with bassist David McCallum as they knuckled down to piece together their next release. “Terminus have been busy working on new material,” he said. “But we will be coming out to play to two shows in mainland Europe in September and October.” The first one is in Torreilles in France on September 9th as part of a nine band line-up. “The...

Touche Amore + Turnover – Live in Adelaide Jul19

Touche Amore + Turnover – Live in Adelaide

  There’s really no better way to spend a cold Tuesday night in Adelaide than rocking out at Fowler’s to an array of local and international bands. By the time the Touche Amore + Turnover Australian tour made it to Adelaide they had been hyped up by everyone n the Aussie music scene, so the bar had been set pretty high. The night was kicked off by local melodic hardcore band, Hindsight, who gave the interstate and overseas acts a warm Adelaide welcome. Easily one of the best bands Adelaide has produced recently, the 5-piece band sure showed the crowd why they’ve made such a mark on the music scene this year. Despite Adelaide fans being...

Last Alibi Debut single Vice City Jul14

Last Alibi Debut single Vice City

  Last Alibi Debut single Vice City 2017? not according to Glasgow four piece Last Alibi. This bunch of mostly youngsters(sorry Allen, we cannot escape facts) came into my sights last year and instantly had me paying attention. For me they took me back to my favoured decade of rock/metal in the 80s. The band conjour up everything I loved about that era, they manage to squeeze in sleaze,hair, a little dab of NWOBHM and some smoky, bar room blues. Take your pick of 80s bands and you will find a little tinge reflected in this bands music and as much as everyone will probably throw the name The Quireboys at you on the first listen for me...

The Undertones – Live in Adelaide Jul13

The Undertones – Live in Adelaide

    The Undertones – Live in Adelaide Is it really the 40th anniversary of The Undertones? Is it really the first time that they have toured Australia and New Zealand? Is it too early to call gig of the year? To the first two it’s a definite ‘YES’ with 40 years since The Undertones took their honest lyrics and driving guitars to the charts. It’s also the first time that they have graced these shores, but it it’s definitely not too early to call gig of the year when it’s only July. This was a night to remember with every classic track on the list – except MARS BARS. Its ok, I’ve moved on…..but how difficult would it have been to...

Silver Dust – Sun-soaked Album Release gig in L’Ouchettaz, Villeneuve Jul13

Silver Dust – Sun-soaked Album Release gig in L...

  Silver Dust – Sun-soaked Album Release gig in L’Ouchettaz, Villeneuve With their second studio album ‘The Age of Decadence’, having been released in European markets on 23rd June; the concert at L’Ouchettaz in Villeneuve on the 24th June – across the bay from the site of the infamous Montreux Jazz Festival – was a fitting release party for it. With stunning lake views and set in a scenic green park; the sunlit, covered stage is somewhat of a juxtaposition in comparison to the dark, Gothic nature of Silver Dust and their theatrics. The show begins in an explosion of energy, as the guitarist Tiny Pistol and...

Silver Dust – The Age of Decadence

  Silver Dust – The Age of Decadence Having formed in 2013, Silver Dust is a band just out of its fledging state, starting to take flight and grab the music world by its talons. Since their immensely popular tour with monster rockers Lordi, the Swiss rock band has gone from strength to strength; having recently signed a contract for European release and distribution with agency DKX and labels Fastball and Soulfood Music Distribution; with their rights in their native land still held by Escudero. Their music is difficult to pin down to a genre entirely, however the band are mastering their unique take on hard rock; with gothic tones,...

Dirty Thrills – Law ...

  Dirty Thrills – Law Man (Single – Radio Edit) I must admit that I had not yet heard of the London rock quartet Dirty Thrills, until this new single from their upcoming album dropped into my pigeon hole – hot off the press before the album hits. At first listen, the single track Law Man...

BLIND GUARDIAN | NEW...

BLIND GUARDIAN | NEW ALBUM ‘LIVE BEYOND THE SPHERE’ OUT TODAY + BAND RELEASE ‘THE NINTH WAVE’ LIVE VIDEO Progressive power metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have released their first live album in 14 years – Live Beyond The Spheres is a collection of 22 tracks including...

NEWS: Cradle of Filt...

COME the 11th July in Northern Ireland we burn shit, piss off each other and maybe get ready for some recreational rioting…Situation normal, all fucked up. But for those of us who couldn’t care less about the tribal blaming as it all being ‘them uns’ fault we have...

ALBUM REVIEW: TEN sc...

It’s hard to believe that British Melodic Hard Rock act TEN have been treading the boards for 22 years now. Having gone through various line up changes through the years they are about to release their 13th studio album ‘Gothica’ on 7th July, and the third with current line up Gary Hughes...

Blue Oyster Cult/Jared James Nichols – Glasgow O2 ABC, 29/06/17 Jul07

Blue Oyster Cult/Jared James Nichols – Glasg...

Blue Oyster Cult/Jared James Nichols – Glasgow O2 ABC, 29/06/17 Review Cameron Arndt & Garry Murrie Images Gary Cooper As far as I can work out, it’s been almost ten years since Blue Oyster Cult played in Scotland. Back then they played a much smaller venue, The Ferry, whereas tonight they grace the O2 ABC up on Sauchiehall Street. Whether this apparent resurgence is due to a renewed drive within the band themselves, or indicative of a wider renaissance in the rock scene as a whole I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, their return to a big stage has clearly been highly anticipated and the ABC filled up rapidly as soon as the...

DEPARTED’ CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON THE...

DEPARTED’ CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON THE ‘MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST’ NOVEMBER UK TOUR AND SHARE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO.   Devon-based 4-piece rock and roll band “DEPARTED” have been confirmed as special guests on the “Michael Schenker Fest” November UK Tour. Dates include O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Nov 2), O2 Academy Sheffield (Nov 3), O2 Ritz Manchester (Nov 4) and Hull City Hall (Nov 5).   The band will release their new single “Are You Ready?” Friday 7th July and share official music video –www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ul7lwXk2Io&feature=youtu.be DEPARTED celebrate what rock and roll is all about – powerful lead...

LIVE AT WACKEN 2016 ...

LIVE AT WACKEN  2016 27 YEARS FASTER HARDER LOUDER Release:  July 21st 2017 WACKEN 2016 PREPARES TO INVADE HOMES THE LENGTH AND BREDTH OF THE LAND Welcome to the ultimate heavy metal event-in-a-box (well, Digipack!) as once again, fans of heavy metal, hard rock and specifically the greatest...

ALBUM REVIEW: Jorn e...

ALBUM REVIEW: Jorn excels again on new platter Life on Death Road HARD on the heals of his 2016 release “Heavy Rock Radio”, an album of cover songs that influenced or made an impression on a young Jorn Lande he has released a brand new album ‘Life on Death Road’. Mostly written and...

INTERVIEW: Trucker Tom ready to get the Big Truck ...

IT’S an exciting few months ahead for the Big Truck as Trucker Diablo gears up for festival dates and the release of their latest set of soaring songs on ‘Fighting for Everything’. A series of slots at some of the most respected festivals in the UK will gather the legions of fans together once more and an acoustic show is set with the legendary Ginger Wildheart at the Diamond Rock Club. We caught up with Tom Harte to chat about the next six exciting months, starting off with how the new album is coming along with just over three months until release. “After being locked away for a few month recording our new album,...

NEW SINGLE ’LAW MAN’...

NEW SINGLE ’LAW MAN’ OUT 28.06.17 video : http://bit.ly/2sosBov FROM THE ALBUM ‘HEAVY LIVING’ OUT 15.09.17  [FRONTIERS]  “Dirty by name, dirty by (musical) nature, these London based noiseniks do riffy blues rock  with a side of Rival Sons-esque soul, as on the strutting ‘Law Man’.”  CLASSIC...

Mothership (with support from Pearl Handled Revolver) – 25th June 2017 Jun29

Mothership (with sup...

Mothership (with support from Pearl Handled Revolver) – 25th June 2017   Having spent the weekend in Cambridgeshire, music free, on the way home to the wilds of Northamptonshire we decided to come back via Milton Keynes and visit the Craufurd Arms at Wolverton because we’d seen the...

NEWS: Wayward Sons s...

NEWS: Wayward Sons set for album release – video released FROM being solo artist, band member and producer Toby Jepson has moved on to his next project, and it’s a pretty exciting one for lover of hard rock…here’s the blurb: Wayward Sons are delighted to announce the...

Chris Holmes @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Jun28

Chris Holmes @ The Cathouse, Glasgow

  Well its been about a year since I last saw Chris Holmes and my hearing was just about getting back to normal. I decided I was not going to go tonight so unprepared so I sought out a motorway work crew, lay down next to the pneumatic drill for an hour and now I am ready!!! Before I got to the decibel busting man himself we had two cracking support bands, the first of which were local guys Manifold. After a bit of a lay off the boys have been back at it and after a cracking support slot for L.A. Guns I was looking forward to catching them live again. The band were in fine form with tracks like “White hot”, “False Lovin” and “killer...

Black Star Riders re-sign with Nuclear Blast

NEWS: Black Star Riders re-sign with Nuclear Blast ahead of Warwick/Johnson Diamond show and Ramblin Man slot Well – as you should know by now Black Star Riders’ duo Ricky Warwkick and Damon Johnson are playing the Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill on July 5th, and BSR will then have a series of shows including a main stage slot at Ramblin Man Fair. Seems that it is a busy time for the guys on and off stage as they have announced a new worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Back in 2012, Black Star Riders signed their first contract with Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the same year. Under the banner of the independent...

WAYWARD SONS Album: ...

Wayward Sons are delighted to announce the release of their debut album “Ghosts Of Yet To Come” on the 15th September through Frontiers Music Srl. The band is set to release four videos to support single releases. The videos together will make one short film. You can see the first video (for...

Chris Holmes Northampton Jun26

Chris Holmes Northampton

Loud, louder, loudest   A mid-week gig is uncommon for us, but when Chris Holmes and his Mean Man tour are visiting your local rock bar – the King Billy at Northampton, what choice do you have?!   Kicking off the night were American visitors Bob Dee with Petro. The New Yorkers are currently touring the UK and got the night off to a great rocking start.   Second up were Still Remains UK – a great local band with a huge following. With Andy Green on guitar, Pacey on bass, Miles Goodman on guitar (previously with Soldier) and Ethan Durrant on drums performed a short but storming set. Andy was also the organiser of...

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN ...

EXCLUSIVE CLIP FROM EUROPE’S ICONIC ROUNDHOUSE SHOW RELEASED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW2VYZVS5xE THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 30th ANNIVERSARY SHOW – LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE IS RELEASED ON JULY 21st, 2017 Pre-Order Now – EUROPE_The_Final_Countdown_30th-Anniversary_Physical ON JULY...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid ...

ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid Bitch of the North leave sweet sensations on the palette on Nothing But A Bitter Taste AHH the heady days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – our formative years when the Friday Rock Show was gospel and a myriad of bands infused musicality with punk attitude....

ALBUM REVIEW: Goatwh...

ALBUM REVIEW: Goatwhore gore the aural tracts on album number 7 – Vengeful Ascension GOATWHORE some five or six years ago seemed to be stuck in a rut, they’re blackened metal somewhat re-treading their own sound a little too much. However, on 2014’s ‘Constricting The...

NEWS: Just 51 days u...

WITH the countdown well underway the clock is ticking until we all gather at the sacred grounds of Catton Park – and to mark the 51 days to go this is the official statement that should keep everyone happy: Not long now before the BLOODSTOCK faithful thunder onto the hallowed turf of...

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