Elegant power from N...

 Elegant power from No Hot Ashes FOR any band releasing their début album more than three decades after they formed borders almost like a satire with Alan Partridge and Ricky Gervais starring. But No Hot Ashes are not a satirical act, no comedy lines, no knowing nods to the audience. Because...

Dutch death descends on Voodoo as Pestilence lay waste Feb26

Dutch death descends...

Dutch death descends on Voodoo as Pestilence lay waste THE announcement of Pestilence‘s Belfast show created a palpable sense of excitement that was exceeded when the Dutch veterans emerged onto the Voodoo stage on Friday (February 23rd). It was a night of intense technical death metal...

Falling Red

  Falling Red are a sleaze / speed metal band comprising of Rozey lead vocals and guitars, Dave Sanders drums and vocals, Shane Kirk guitar and vocals, and Mikey Lawless bass guitar and this is their latest album. It starts off with an eerie spoken intro then immediately smacks you in...

Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Feb26

Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

  Postmodern Jukebox @ 02 Academy, Glasgow They say a change is as good as a rest so I decided to go for a very big change. My life revolves around rock,metal and blues but some time ago I came across this lots version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and it instantly peaked my attention so I dove through all their rock covers and decided then and there this was something I needed to see live. I also love a good burlesque show so I suppose the leap was not too dramatic as it had that type of feel(but not as much flesh). Some of the audience had dressed up and it was a real party atmosphere. The hall was packed which for someone who follows...

Raveneye/Skam/Anchor Lane @ King Tuts, Glasgow Feb26

Raveneye/Skam/Anchor Lane @ King Tuts, Glasgow

  Raveneye/Skam/Anchor Lane @ King Tuts, Glasgow   Where is Gene Simmons when you need him? In fact I wish I could round up every single person who runs down the state of rock and metal in this country and happily hand out a ticket for this show as tonight was immense. Three bands that are forging this new wave of rock at their absolute best. First up were local lads Anchor Lane, a band I know and love and who are now starting to see some well deserved recognition. It is hard to believe I saw these guys for the first time more than two years ago and they blew me away. Each gig since that day( and there has been many) they have...

HRH METAL O2 Birmingham Day Two.

  HRH METAL O2 Birmingham Day Two. Today was going to be slightly different less death and black metal and concentrating on the prog thrash and grunge type stuff, which for this old dinosaur was just fine by me. The first three bands, same as yesterday, were playing on the best of Brum Stage 2 and kicked off with Devils Playground: this local six piece Birmingham band combine dual male and female vocalists. The original girl Leanne was being replaced today but the mix of the female goth type Evanescence voice and the black metal screams of the guy really worked well. During the set they had a power failure but it didn’t bother them and...

HRH METAL IN BIRMINGHAM DAY 1

            HRH METAL: O2 Academy Birmingham 17th & 18th Feburary 2018. Day one Welcome to Birmingham, the birthplace of heavy metal! And what better location to run a three day metal festival. Now in its second year the canny HRH crew thought, how about we let the fans decide what bands they want to see and enjoy, so an online voting system was set up on the HRH page and after an overwelming response. HRH METAL was born, three days and three performance stages of non stop metal in different genres: thrash, death, speed even folk, it’s all there and more, to headbang, pogo, or frankly just go mental to. And...

A Little Bitter prod...

 A Little Bitter produce an album of tenderness and anger on the wonderful Arrows GIVEN the lengthy gestation period for A Little Bitter‘s new album, ‘Arrows’, it is fair to say that this has been eagerly awaited by fans of the three-piece. Has the wait been worth it? It has...

Album Review: LIFA b...

  Album Review: LIFA by Heilung People who tell you that they are open-minded to new ideas are normally the first to tell you that they don’t like something. In this social media orientated world it is easy to retreat to an echo chamber, inhabited by those with common interests and...

Falling Red deliver sleaze smorgasbord on Lost Sou...

 Falling Red deliver sleaze smorgasbord on Lost Souls ONE wonders what the residents of Cumbria must make of Falling Red – they’re not what you would expect from that rugged landscapes – instead it is a glammed up party machine that packs musical punch as all can attest to who have seen their live show. On new release ‘Lost Souls’ they not only capture that but they belt it out of the park, into orbit. Looking like escapees from Sunset Blvd taking refuge in England they may seem like just another sleaze band, but they are much, much more than that.. This is a diverse collection of tracks. From the pureblood...

Album Review: The DE...

  Album Review: The DEAD XIII – Dark Days I was lucky enough a few years ago to review the debut album by the DEAD XIII which was called Catacombs. It was a corker of an album, to the point we started the review by saying, ‘Ok, so just go buy this’. My opinion hasn’t changed since I...

Live Review: The Stranglers in Adelaide, Australia...

  Live Review: The Stranglers in Adelaide, Australia. Punk rock royalty have come to Adelaide as part of their Australia and New Zealand tour. We have The Ruts DC support The Stranglers, two bands there in the beginning and still going strong. Both bands have had their loss, their ups and downs but on the night these two bands left a busy venue wanting more. Kicking the night off with The Ruts DC we have a band that I have been looking forward to for so many years. On the night we had all the classics, including, Babylon’s Burning, Staring at the Rude Boys and In a Rut all from the Ruts days. The big one for me was hearing Kill the...

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