LIVE REVIEW: Fifith and final heat of Northern Ire...

LIVE REVIEW: Fifith and final heat of Northern Ireland’s Metal2TheMasses IT was down to the last four bands to challenge for a spot in the Metal2TheMasses semi-finals, all vying for the chance to battle out for a prized slot at Bloodstock in August – and as always the competition was fierce but friendly in Belfast’s Limelight2 on March 11th. The four bands all had varied style, and all put on an entertaining set in their allotted 30 minutes. There was groove, extreme, shlock and melodic metal on display and the variety only enhanced the experience. What was noticeable was that all the bands had worked hard on their...

Cutlass – EP Review...

  Cutlass – EP Review From the moment you put on Cutlass, it will rip through your speakers with its grungy doom sound and with vocalist Lucy Grogan’s dark and wicked siren song, it will blast you to smithereens. The EP starts with Death Bell which is dark and gloomy, and...

NEWS: Edguy toast 25...

EWS: Edguy toast 25th anniversary with 2-CD/DVD package in July IN February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe! Today 25 years later, founding members Tobias...

Empyre at The Wheatsheaf, High St Oxford. Mar14

Empyre at The Wheatsheaf, High St Oxford.

I’d arrived very early so went for a walk around Oxford. On my return Empyre were already on stage doing a sound-check with Joel. Once that had finished I overheard a rule of The Wheatsheaf, “No Children.” I guessed that a performer had turned up with kids and been refused entry. That came on top of a cancellation – the first in a very very long time for the venue which immediately reduced the running order from four, to two artists. Bugger. On the bill were Ras Brother John, Quarter Melon, Empyre and Juniper Nights. Now, I guessed that Ras Brother John had the admission trouble. I had looked forward to hearing his performance as he is...

Album Review: The Sc...

  Album Review: The Screaming Jets – Noise Collection Reviewer: Brad Worsman – Ok, let’s get this out the way before we delve into this fine EP of Aussie garage rock. The Australian rock culture as we perceive it today is arguably on the ignored end of the spectrum as oppose to…let’s...

Bonafide/ Tequila Mockingbyrd @ 02, ABC, Glasgow Mar14

Bonafide/ Tequila Mockingbyrd @ 02, ABC, Glasgow

  Bonafide/ Tequila Mockingbyrd @ 02, ABC, Glasgow Sweedish rockers Bonafide stroll into Glasgow on the first date of their Flames tour and I have a horrible confession to make…the guys have been at this for over 10 years and I have never seen them live, I know, I hold my head in shame but if you want to know the thoughts of this virgin read on. Before we get to the headline act there is no small matter of the Aussie refugees in Tequila Mockingbryd. After leaving Oz and settling in the UK things definitely seem to be on the up for these girls. I caught them last year on the incredible Aussie Wrecking Crew tour and they instantly...

Album Review: Tequil...

  Album Review: Tequila Mockingbyrd – ‘Fight And Flight’Reviewer: Craig Grant – That name, Tequila Mockingbyrd, it’s genius. Even the shortened name of T-Byrds is smart marketing as you can’t shake the name. The band is a three piece from Melbourne consisting of Estelle Artois on...

CHIPSTEAD – AWAY / RYMAN LEAGUE DIV 1 SOUTH

CHIPSTEAD – AWAY / RYMAN LEAGUE DIV 1 SOUTH It’s hard to believe that Chipstead’s Picturesque ground is only a few minutes from the M25, and like ours ground it’s not that close to the main conurbation and that was reflected in the small crowd of 70, quite a few coming from Sittingbourne. Sittingbourne had another new signing making his debut in Keanu Williams who has signed from Margate and he had a sensational start to his Sittingbourne career by scoring with just over 1 minute on the clock. The goal came  from another recent signing  Kane Phillip who ran down the right and crossed inside to Williams who bundled the ball past a...

Live Review: Midge Ure – @ Adelaide, Australia Mar11

Live Review: Midge Ure – @ Adelaide, Austral...

  Live Review: Midge Ure – @ Adelaide, Australia Review: Craig Grant – Last time we saw Midge in town he had a full band in tow and played the thick electronic sound that he is known for with his time with both Ultravox and Visage. This time he has the India Electric Co with him as both the support act and his support band. This tour by Midge is called, ‘Something from Everything’, and is to showcase a song from each of Midge’s fourteen albums. This obviously excludes the plethora of material released from Midge’s website as well as his brief time with Thin Lizzy, but more about that later. The India Electric Co are two blokes...

From Eden to Exile –...

  From Eden to Exile – Volatile From Eden to Exile are newcomers on the block of the British metal scene, but have already reached the prodigious heights of playing the New Blood stage at Bloodstock 2015. Volatile is the brutal new single from their upcoming debut album ‘Modern...

LIVE REVIEW: Black Star Riders rock Belfast with storming set of BSR songs Mar08

LIVE REVIEW: Black Star Riders rock Belfast with s...

LIVE REVIEW: Black Star Riders rock Belfast with storming set of BSR songs   THE Black Star Riders have emerged on the other side – the side of living in the shadow of Thin Lizzy: perhaps last year’s festival tour did it. But when BSR landed in Belfast it was more than a homecoming gig for Ricky Warwick, it was when the Riders emerged as a real force in their own right a band whose tunes were known to most of the crowd in a packed Limelight1 on Sunday night (5th March) in the city. Before the main attraction two familiar acts had the Ormeau Avenue not just warmed up, but ready, to coin a phrase, to rock. The power trio of The...

LIVE REVIEW: Heat four of Northern Ireland’s Metal2TheMasses packs Limelight Mar08

LIVE REVIEW: Heat four of Northern Ireland’s...

LIVE REVIEW: Heat four of Northern Ireland’s Metal2TheMasses packs Limelight EACH week of this year’s Metal2TheMasses has seen growing numbers attending, and the response from the crowd has been impressive – reacting to what they see on stage. With voting split 50/50 between the judges and the audience sometime the acts that brings enough friends and family along can sway the matter, but on other occasions the sheer level of performance is such that everyone is brought along. And, sometimes stage experience can make a difference… Rookies Gozer The Traveller opened the Heat with a set of tracks that verged from stoner...

Mason Hill/ Massive Wagons @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Mar08

Mason Hill/ Massive Wagons @ The Cathouse, Glasgow

Mason Hill/ Massive Wagons @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Welcome to the big time Mason Hill. A hometown headline show that sold out over a month ago. The Cathouse is steeped in rock and metal history in this town. Last year it celebrated its 25th Anniversary and tonight Mason Hill wrote themselves into this legends history books themselves. I have seen all number of bands in this and the previous Cathouse’s venue, large and small and you just need to look at the band names on the steps as you enter to know that some of the biggest bands on the planet at one stage in their career have played this place. Two of those bands in Anthrax and Black...

Blaze Bailey/ Damaj @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow Mar08

Blaze Bailey/ Damaj @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

  Blaze Bailey/ Damaj @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow Almost a year to the day Blaze Bailey returns to Glasgow to promote his latest album and number two in the Trilogy. Having been at last years gig I am pleased to say there are far more punters here tonight and as his fans can get a bit crazy I was expecting a rowdy night…and I was not disappointed. It is all a bit Deja vu tonight as main support comes from local lads Damaj. I honestly do not know why I am surprised by these guys every single time I see them. I should know by now they consistently push the bar every single gig but tonight there was a huge difference. It has been a...

Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia. Mar06

Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia.

Live Review – Twelve Foot Ninja @ Adelaide, Australia. Reviewed by Craig Grant: What a night we have lined up tonight with Twelve Foot Ninja touring the colossal, ‘Outlier’ album on the Sick Tour. The ticket says doors at 8pm but we find out that the Ninjas won’t be on stage until 10:45pm. This leads to the bars being chocka and bodies everywhere. Luckily we have a few bands to get things going, but warming up is not too much of an issue as it’s a hot and sticky night in Adelaide. Back to the bar again to hydrate. First up we have Colibrium and this is a first for me as I haven’t come across the band before. They released their first album...

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