Is 2017 the year that will change Rock and Metal f...

    Is 2017 the year that will change Rock and Metal forever? That is a pretty big question I hear you say but just bare with me here as there is a lot to get through. Firstly this is not a new thing, oh no, this has been bubbling along for some time and one way or the other 2017 is the year that this music we love HAS to change. Lets get this in perspective so you need to do a Scooby Doo flashback(accompanying noise and wobbly screen optional) and go back a few years to Gene Simmons unforgettable statement “Rock is dead”, I like many of you would have had the same reaction “ fuck you Gene, you do not know what you are talking...

Lords of Black at the Cathouse, Glasgow Dec19

Lords of Black at the Cathouse, Glasgow

8th December 2016. Pint sized Ronnie Romero played his first ever show in Glasgow to a smaller than expected crowd. Glasgow music fans were spoiled for choice on this particular night as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers were playing The Hydro , The Temperance Movement at the Oran Moor and a couple of small gigs close by. Local lads Mason Hill opened up the night’s entertainment, followed by Worcestershire lads -Fury. Both support bands had their share of fans there. The crowd took a bit of time warming up to The Lords of Black., who started the set with ‘Merciless’ from their second album – Lords of Black 2. The band have been around since 2014...

CLUTCH / VALIENT THORR – The Roundhouse, Camden 15.12.16 Dec18

CLUTCH / VALIENT THORR – The Roundhouse, Cam...

CLUTCH / VALIENT THORR – The Roundhouse, Camden 15.12.16 Kahmel Farahani  Review So as we come to the last few gigs of 2016, it’s with much excitement and almost no fanfare that Clutch roll back into London town. Arriving fairly early (and sadly after early support act Lionize has finished) to a well filled Roundhouse I peruse the merch stand before taking up position against a pillar with a good view. The night’s main openers Valient Thorr kick off with a bang. Imagine early Motorhead or The Damned playing a 70s Hells Angels rally & you would be about right ( they even dedicate a song to Lemmy mid-way through their...

UNDER A BANNER @ PLANET ROCKSTOCK 2016 Dec18

UNDER A BANNER @ PLANET ROCKSTOCK 2016

UNDER A BANNER @ PLANET ROCKSTOCK 2016 Naomi Jeremiah What a festival! My first time attending Planet Rockstock, and I can guarantee it will not be my last. Superbly organised event, with talent after talent ripping up the two stages over the entire weekend. On Saturday I ventured to Stage 2 to see a five piece band from Wolverhampton named UNDER A BANNER. From the very first note, I knew that this band was different to any of the others, and to a degree quite unlike anything I had heard before. So they had my full attention from the off. UNDER A BANNER are difficult to place genre wise, as they are such a magnificent blend of many sounds,...

The   Wildhearts – The Riverside, Newcastle 15.12.2016 Dec17

The Wildhearts – The Riverside, Newcastle 15.12.20...

  The Wildhearts – The Riverside, Newcastle 15.12.2016 I have never been to the Riverside before and it is a lovely compact venue with very good acoustics and a decent lighting set up so my initial thoughts were very positive. Now my history with The Wildhearts is minimal, I did however see them at Download Festival this year and although I missed most of the set I did manage to catch the last 3 or so songs and I thought to myself, these guys are good and it annoyed me as I had missed them. So, with the aid of YouTube etc. I set about doing some research and found myself listening to what must be the entire list available. Six months...

“Devilment The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton Dec16

“Devilment The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton

I arrived at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton after battling some fairly heavy rain to find “She Must Burn,” finishing off their sound check which apart from some technical hitches with feeds and mics was already sounding pretty good. Joe, the lead singer came over and chatted to me about photography, and about the hopes of it being a good night. He struck me as being a quite powerful figure, and imagined his stage charisma very strong. Checking my watch I realised it wouldn’t be too long before play commenced, with “She Must Burn,” as touring support for “Devilment,” and a surprising two other bands on this evening, I knew this would be a...

The Temperance Movement @ Oran Mor, Glasgow Dec14

The Temperance Movement @ Oran Mor, Glasgow

  The Temperance Movement @ Oran Mor, Glasgow TTM make a flying visit to the UK on this very short but very special tour. After almost a year since the White Bear tour they are here to bookend 2016 with an acoustic set in a very special venue. I will be honest when TTM announced this gig they were not the most popular of subjects in my house. As you will all know this time of the year is always crazy for gigs and prior to this gig announcement Glasgow had four pretty big bands playing in the city and I had already been through the pain of having to decide who to see(and changed my mind twice) when up pops this announcement and there...

Whiskey Myers/ Broken Wit Rebels @ St Lukes, Glasgow Dec13

Whiskey Myers/ Broken Wit Rebels @ St Lukes, Glasg...

  Whiskey Myers Broken Wit Rebels @ St Lukes, Glasgow These Texans have had one hell of a 2016. It all kicked off here in the UK where their support slot to The Cadillac Three brought them to a whole new audience. I was one of those punters who saw them live for the first time and was blown away. That has followed with brilliant sets at Download and Ramblin man and oh, just throw the immense album “Mud” into the equation and you can understand why this gig was moved from the smaller King Tuts as it sold out almost immediately. Before we get to the headliners we have two support acts tonight who put in totally different sets but won the...

Ricky Warwick at The Elk, Belfast Dec11

Ricky Warwick at The Elk, Belfast

Ricky Warwick at The Elk, Belfast 06/12/2016 Ricky Warwick played to a sold-out venue, this being The Elk Bar / Restaurant in the Dundonald area of Belfast. Tickets were snapped up by fans and locals many months before. Way before they were even printed! Most of the audience were in early having a pre-booked meal when “The Man” himself arrived for sound check. These fundraisers are a yearly event and are like a big family party. Belfast born Ricky sang a mammoth 30 plus numbers over 2 and a quarter hours, kicking off with ’Johnny or Elvis ‘from his solo Love Many Trust Few 2005 album and closing with the Springsteen classic ‘Born to Run ‘....

Album Review: RUSH &...

  Album Review: RUSH – 2112 40th Anniversary “We would like to play for you side one from our latest album….this is twenty-one twelve”. That announcement on All the World’s a Stage was the sign to fold out the deckchair and rummage through the packed lunch as it was going to be a...

Homesick Mick Prisoner to the past (Scott’s ...

Homesick Mick new Video for Christmas  visit his website for sale on all good music download sites   Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Deezer, Tidal, 7 Digital https://app.recordunion.com/Profile/118414#.WEqwF8OLSRt   The Album…   The Mysterious Abduction and Return of Homesick Mick. Release date: 13/01/17 Details: Homesick Mick’s debut album. For more information about pre-order Vinyl and the limited edition ultra-green LP NME Report Black Hole Friday. EP Release date: 25th November – Black Friday Details: 4 song EP. Released to support PHILIP FREE FRIDAY with the profits from sales going to Musicians Against...

Rise Up Tour @ The Garage, Glasgow Dec08

Rise Up Tour @ The Garage, Glasgow

  Rise Up Tour @ The Garage, Glasgow Well this was a tasty bill from the off and hats off to Rise Up Records for putting it together. Although this was a cracking night I do have to put my gripes down before I get to the good stuff. I truly believe these types of bills are the way forward for rock and metal in the future, earlier this week I saw the Alterbridge tour which also had a four band line up but there are a couple of issues with this. The first is you either need to juggle with bands stage times or you need to start early. For both this and Alterbridge they went for the longer set times and starting early and although this is...

Colour of Noise  The Green Door Store, Brighton Dec08

Colour of Noise The Green Door Store, Brighton

  Review of Colour of Noise The Green Door Store, Brighton 7th December ‘16 Ramblin’ Man in July this year was the first time I had seen Colour of Noise and while travelling to their home town of Brighton, I wondered if anything had changed in the last five months. The Green Door Store was yesterday’s venue, made up of two cobblestoned, arched rooms underneath the railway station. Chatting to the lead singer, Matt Mitchell, at the venue before the show he mentioned that the line-up had changed slightly, but that the sound remained the same, and he was right. With Bruce John Dickinson on lead guitar and Ben Daniels on bass, the...

Trivium release R...

NEWS: Trivium release ‘Lake of Fire’ instant grat track – Ember To Inferno re-issued on December 2nd AHEAD of their Belfast show in February Trivium have shared ‘Lake of Fire’, the third and final instant grat track from their forthcoming reissue of Ember To...

Ginger Wildheart releases song to support positive...

NEWS: Ginger Wildheart releases song to support positive mental health and the Samaritans this Christmas Ginger Wildheart is releasing a single for Suicide Prevention at Christmas to promote Mental Health Awareness and the proceeds will go to The Samaritans. The lead track is called ‘Fuck You Brain’, recorded with Ginger’s friend Ryan Hamilton.  Along with Fuck You Brain, the single includes two extra original and previously unreleased songs, all for £5.00 (minimum). “Ironically I struggled even getting to the studio to record my parts for this single, deep as was in my current battle with depression. The same attack that almost...