Manifold EP launch @ 02, ABC Sep16

Manifold EP launch @ 02, ABC

This one seems like it has been a long time coming, I have been watching Manifold for a few years now, through two singers and all with nothing recorded…those days are now gone. Tonight was also a celebration of Glasgow talent as we had four bands on offer but due to that dreaded word, Curfew it saw doors open at six so I missed Magic Trik and Mantis Toboggan(who had already packed up their PJs and hopped to another dimension by the time I arrived. There was no way I was missing Black King Cobra however, as I caught them for the first time recently and I was impressed no end. The boys were onstage as I arrived and were well into their first...

Silver Dust plays 26th Festival du Chant du Gros Sep13

Silver Dust plays 26th Festival du Chant du Gros

  Silver Dust plays 26th Festival du Chant du Gros To be asked to participate in Festival du Chant du Gros – or its smaller brother Le P’tit du Gros – in Le Noirmont, Switzerland, is a great privilege for many Swiss bands and artists. The festival has been running for 26 years now, and is now a prodigious event on par with the Montreux Jazz Festival; with up to 50,000 music fans trampling the field over the weekend. For Silver Dust to be asked to perform at the festival was an immense honour for the up-and-coming Swiss metal band – though front-man Lord Campbell and bassist Kurghan are no strangers to the event, having played at...

Frankenbok and Friends – Live Thrashfest Sep11

Frankenbok and Friends – Live Thrashfest

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BLOODSTOCK: The madness, the mayhem and the glorious music Aug31

BLOODSTOCK: The madness, the mayhem and the glorio...

BLOODSTOCK: The madness, the mayhem and the glorious music WHEN it comes to festivals Bloodstock towers head and shoulders above most – and not just because they had the man mountain Johann from Amon Amarth present… Genuinely friendly, a selection of bands to warm the cockles of every metalheads’ hearts and a carnival atmosphere across the site. Deep in South Derbyshire the very earth trembles every year and Bloodstock 2017 was no different… With all weekend tickets sold out and day tickets at a premium it was perhaps one of the biggest adventures for BOA, but the scale was not too big to intimidate – apart...

Halo Tora @ Stereo, Glasgow

  Halo Tora @ Stereo, Glasgow Tonight was my first taste of Halo Tora live and the only thought going through my head as I left this grubby, sweaty and totally brilliant venue was “why the hell are these guys not massive? Due to the earlier start I missed most of The Belafonte’s set which was a shame as they looked to be going down a treat. The band class themselves as Alt-rock but that can cover many bases in this day and age but for me they are far more akin to indie. The band now how to play and can work an audience(except for some dodgy one liners and a lot of bromance). I will keep my eyes peeled out for the guys in the future....

Nu Blood 2 @ Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow Jul31

Nu Blood 2 @ Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow

  Nu Blood 2 @ Hard Rock Cafe, Glasgow Take a bow Shock City Promotions, tonight heralds the second incarnation of Nu Blood, a night to promote local talent. Far too often promotion companies are all about the dollar so it is brilliant to see the team at Shock City put a little something back and a welcomed shout out to Hard Rock Cafe who offered reduced rates and fed every band member at the famous restaurant. Now that the kudos is out of the way lets get down to why we we’re here in the first place, the bands and Glasgow never comes up short in this department. There is a wealth of brilliant young bands so it must have been hard to...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Chris Holmes @ The Cathouse, Glasgow Jun28

Chris Holmes @ The Cathouse, Glasgow

  Well its been about a year since I last saw Chris Holmes and my hearing was just about getting back to normal. I decided I was not going to go tonight so unprepared so I sought out a motorway work crew, lay down next to the pneumatic drill for an hour and now I am ready!!! Before I got to the decibel busting man himself we had two cracking support bands, the first of which were local guys Manifold. After a bit of a lay off the boys have been back at it and after a cracking support slot for L.A. Guns I was looking forward to catching them live again. The band were in fine form with tracks like “White hot”, “False Lovin” and “killer...

Chris Holmes Northampton Jun26

Chris Holmes Northampton

Loud, louder, loudest   A mid-week gig is uncommon for us, but when Chris Holmes and his Mean Man tour are visiting your local rock bar – the King Billy at Northampton, what choice do you have?!   Kicking off the night were American visitors Bob Dee with Petro. The New Yorkers are currently touring the UK and got the night off to a great rocking start.   Second up were Still Remains UK – a great local band with a huge following. With Andy Green on guitar, Pacey on bass, Miles Goodman on guitar (previously with Soldier) and Ethan Durrant on drums performed a short but storming set. Andy was also the organiser of...

Devilskin lays waste to Ireland Jun12

Devilskin lays waste to Ireland

  Devilskin lays waste to Ireland Devilskin are not a band to sit back and take it easy, no, they are constantly pushing barriers and themselves to take their brutally melodic metal to the masses and now it is Ireland’s turn. Having caught Devilskin on every tour in the UK so far it was time for me to make a trip across the water, catch up with some old friends and see what all the fuss is about this place called Limelight. As is usual when I decide to travel to gigs there is always something thrown at me to make things a bit more difficult and today it was watching my plane coming in to land with a smashed windscreen and covered with...

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