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...

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