IVE REVIEW: Hurricane Darkness rips into The Limeight Oct16

IVE REVIEW: Hurricane Darkness rips into The Limei...

LIVE REVIEW: Hurricane Darkness rips into The Limeight ON what may become known as Ophelia Eve, a storm of a different kind arrived in Belfast’s Limelight and played like it was their last night on Earth. The night began with Cork three piece ‘Mindriot’. The room was already full when they kicked things off. The lads even managed to get the punters chanting along. They made the most of their little sliver of stage and warmed the crowd up considerably for the impending storm, even if lead vocalist Tony’s banter between songs was difficult to comprehend; a combination of a heavy bass and an even heavier accent! After a small break, The...

The Kentucky Headhunters/ Bad Touch @ 02, ABC, Glasgow Oct13

The Kentucky Headhunters/ Bad Touch @ 02, ABC, Gla...

  The Kentucky Headhunters/ Bad Touch @ 02, ABC, Glasgow After seeing this show last year you would be mentally deranged to miss it again. Even though Inglorious were playing down the street and I love them there was no way I was missing this. I was expecting big things from this show but even I was blown away at how good this was. As I walk into the venue I am wondering what the smell is, no, it is not the Gary Numan fans downstairs…it is MUD! Local band The Swamp Born Assassins have been added to the bill and what a stroke of genius. I have heard a lot of noise about this band but never saw them live even though I am very...

Papa Roach @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Oct11

Papa Roach @ 02 Academy, Glasgow

Papa Roach @ 02 Academy, Glasgow Papa Roach came to Glasgow once again, they came to promote Crooked Teeth and they ended up leaving the city with punters battered and bruised as they slipped the key to the hearts of everyone here easily into their pocket. Before we get to the total chaos Papa Roach created there is a matter of support band Ho99o9. This will be short and sweet…Congratulations guys, you have really went for broke and you have just won an accolade 37 years in the making. You took my worst support band slot with ease. Now this was no mean feat I can assure you. In 37 years of gig going I have seen some terrible acts,...

Living Colour/Stone Broken, The Garage, Glasgow Oct09

Living Colour/Stone Broken, The Garage, Glasgow

  After a string of cancellations funksters Living Colour finally made it to a stage in Glasgow. Having not seen them since their heyday how did they fair? Before we get to the big question we have the big support. Stone Broken are the reason I am here tonight, I make no bones about being a massive fan, so much so I have not missed one of their shows in Scotland. It has been a hell of a year for the band, touring Europe with Glen Hughes, Download, Ramblin man main stage and one of the biggest crowds I saw at Camden Rocks, yes, this band are going places. Bizarrely I don’t even feel I need to cover the show tonight, they were awesome,...

Caligula’s Horse – Live in Adelaide Oct02

Caligula’s Horse – Live in Adelaide

  Caligula’s Horse – Live in Adelaide We are sitting in the car on the way home from the gig trying to work out how many times we have seen Caligula’s Horse in the last twelve months. Was it seven? Was it more than seven? I even mentioned to their PR that it seems that I go to the gig then get a notification about a new tour from them. Each time we see them it’s another step forward but on tonight’s performance it is a huge jump up. This band has taken it to another level. Part of that is the solid new album In Contact which got a good going over on the set list. The night starts with Dream the Dead which is an eight minute track that...

Stevie Nimmo Quartet, Oran Mor, Glasgow Oct02

Stevie Nimmo Quartet, Oran Mor, Glasgow

  Stevie Nimmo Quartet, Oran Mor, Glasgow How to turn disaster into a huge win in one easy move. OK Stevie, time to write that book! I hate to bring up a negative right at the start of a review but hopefully the positives will far outweigh this. I have spent the last two years watching and writing about Stevie and Alan Nimmo separately. I have done live and album reviews galore and watched the two brothers and bands vie for my attention and I have seen each gig outdo the last one. Do not get me wrong here, I love everything these boys do, I go way back with them and I will support and shout their praises as long as I have breath in my...

Broken Witt Rebels @ SWG3, Glasgow Sep29

Broken Witt Rebels @ SWG3, Glasgow

  Broken Witt Rebels @ SWG3, Glasgow A last minute, two date appearance in Glasgow by BWR had me a little more than excited. Everything was cancelled as I made sure I was attending the last night of this short tour supporting the 125th Anniversary of Jack Daniels Red Dog saloon. Tonight was a free show with a difference, a show where they threw free Jack Daniels down your throat in any concoction and mixed it in with food all done with Jack Daniels sauce. This made for a very mixed audience but the BWR fans were spotted a mile away, whereas the freeloaders(and mostly students) were here for the drink, food and some good old craic. It...

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...

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