Album Review: The Sw...

Album Review: The Sword – ‘Low Country’ The Sword. Whether you got to know them through ominous riffs, through catching them at a festival or through the joys of Guitar Hero; it’s hard to believe that they have been on the scene now for over thirteen years. The barbaric guitar in the ‘Age of...

Album Review: Black ...

Album Review: Black Aces – ‘Shot in the Dark’ + Bonus Tracks Blacks Aces are a straight up, no nonsense, thanks for coming, rock band from country Victoria in Australia. If you have the Australian edition of AC/DC’s, ‘High Voltage’, then that’s the vibe that’s going on here. If you know your...

Raging Speedhorn, ably assisted by Dead Label and By Any Means Sep20

Raging Speedhorn, ably assisted by Dead Label and ...

LIVE REVIEW: Voodoo shaken to foundations by Raging Speedhorn, ably assisted by Dead Label and By Any Means BELFAST’S Voodoo on a Sunday. The Lord’s Day. The Day of Rest. A day for quiet reflection. On Sunday, 18th September there was no quiet time as the Fountain Street venue was shaken to the foundations by Raging Speedhorn. The six-piece metal force were rounding up a brief Irish tour, as part of this leg of the Lost Ritual Tour, after dates in Cork and Dublin with compatriots Dead Label and By Any Means, who reported themselves as “broken” after the dates. Dublin three-piece Dead Label have developed a meaty...

Splintered Halo Headline gig @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow Sep19

Splintered Halo Headline gig @ Ivory Blacks, Glasg...

Splintered Halo Headline gig @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow Just a few weeks ago Splintered Halo were at the very same venue supporting their good friends Damaj on their first ever headline gig…but now it is their time to shine and they did it with style. The first support band tonight were The Starry Wisdom Cult and they nailed it. The crowd had came to party tonight and these guys supplied the aural bunting and streamers. This Doom/ Rock band come at you straight from the off. Their sound was steeped in Black Sabbath and I felt a good bit of Blues running through their songs too. I loved their set tonight and I will certainly be checking...

LIVE REVIEW: Furious fivesome fundraiser mayehm delivers for Distortion Project Sep19

LIVE REVIEW: Furious fivesome fundraiser mayehm de...

LIVE REVIEW: Furious fivesome fundraiser mayehm delivers for Distortion Project FOR the past 16 years The Distortion Project has brought stellar metal acts to Belfast and supported many, many local acts in getting on to the stage. Fans have flocked to the shows, but all that effort can be costly. James Loveday last year took the enormous step of admitting that the money required was putting considerable strain on him. The metal community rallied round with donations and a fundraising gig. One year later it was time to repeat the exercise to make sure James and The Distortion Project can still support local bands and bring acts like Sabaton...

Could You Be by Effi...

Way back in February this year I was sent to cover an artist who goes by the name of Effie in a little pub in North London. Fast-forward 7 months, she’s released an incredible EP, shot a music video, and tonight is headlining her very own show at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. I was...

EP Review: Stuck Out...

EP Review: Stuck Out – ‘What we’ve come to be’. Good times when you come across a new release by a band that has escaped your attention and its new worlds to discover. Melbourne band Stuck Out are in the increasingly inaccurate genre of pop-punk which seems to be a catch-all for everything...

Album Review: MYRKUR...

Album Review: MYRKUR – ‘Mausoleum’ You’ve got to love a PR blurb which starts, ‘from the darkness of Scandinavia emerges MYRKUR’. Gives you a nice warm feeling of impending doom, and given that MYRKUR means ‘darkness’ in Icelandic, it’s no surprise that this recording has its birth in black...

Kenny Dubman – Reckl...

Kenny Dubman – Reckless Abandon Everyone deserves a second chance they say and when you press play on “Reckless Abandon” you will be seriously thankful that Ken Dubman decided to give it one more go. The guitarist from the band Prophet turned his back on the music business but as with all the...

Review : Hey Hello –...

Review : Hey Hello – Too It is always difficult to bring out an album after a singer leaves, even more difficult if that album was recorded in full with the previous singer and you then re record it. Now, I will not delve into what happened or what the situation was but in my opinion Hollis...

L7 with support from Treason Kings Sep14

L7 with support from Treason Kings

L7 @ 02 ABC, Glasgow It doesn’t seem like a year since L7 last played in Glasgow but hey, it also doesn’t seem like this band started more than 30 years ago. That is quite some achievement even if they did split up for a good chunk of that time. No matter the reasons or the length of time they were away the fans have stood by them with an upgrade from last years venue in this city showing the love has not dissipated for these ladies. Support for this tour is from the up and coming Leeds foursome Treason Kings. They have been turning some heads in the music industry and after their performance I can see why. I do have to admit that their...

Psychework review

If the name Psychework does not sound familiar to you, then I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing about them. They have been shrouded in secrecy since their inception in 2012, rising from the ashes of one of Finland’s popular metal bands, Machine Men. They were originally formed as...

Plini – @ The Controller, Adelaide, 9th September ...

<a target=”_blank” href=”https://hitleap.com/by/jacemedia”><img alt=”Traffic Exchange” src=”https://hitleap.com/banner.png” width=”468″ height=”60″></a> Plini – @ The Controller, Adelaide, 9th September 2016 It’s an exciting triple bill in Adelaide with guitar magician Plini supported by Intervals and local prog-band Dyssidia. The venue for tonight’s show looks like the Tech Noir club from Terminator 1 with chain link fencing, red lighting and exposed ducting. We are also underground in what is a decorated concrete bunker so it has all the acoustic...

Bring Back Rock Radio Bash @ The Garage, Glasgow Sep09

Bring Back Rock Radio Bash @ The Garage, Glasgow

Bring Back Rock Radio Bash @ The Garage, Glasgow No doubt anyone outside Scotland will be wondering what all the fuss is about with Bring Back Rock Radio. Rock Radio in it’s many guises has been an integral part of the Scottish Rock and Metal scene since the 90s. It was the only radio station geared especially for your average Scottish Metal heads and do you know what? We fucking miss it. Ever since it was taken off air and replaced with crappy, mindless mainstream twaddle we have been left in limbo. There are many people (like me) who remember the days as a teenager tuning into one of the DJs, The Beard Of Doom, Mr Tom Russell at midnight...

48 Hours/ City Of Ashes @ Audio, Glasgow Sep08

48 Hours/ City Of Ashes @ Audio, Glasgow

48 Hours/ City Of Ashes @ Audio, Glasgow The Co headline tour from 48 hours and City Of Ashes rolled into a warm and muggy Glasgow on 6th September. Both bands are very familiar with Scotland and it’s finest cuisine(that would be Buckfast) so they came ready to party, with us and with the town. The show wrapped up at the unheard of time of 10PM but they packed a good deal into the short time they had on stage. Prior to these two bands we had local lads Get Out Strong. These guys perplexed me a little as I always try and find some kind of common ground on similar sounds/bands but I just came up blank. To sum up my notes made after their set...

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