Black Label Society played the last date on their ‘Grimmest Show on Earth’ world tour in Belfast. Apr16

Black Label Society played the last date on their ...

THERE was a sense of a crowd drawn to a messiah when Zakk Wylde and his cohorts in Black Label Society played the last date on their ‘Grimmest Show on Earth’ world tour in Belfast. On the very last night of the tour BLS blasted Belfast’s Limelight for the second night in a row it was clear that this was more than a well-oiled machine – it was a mighty beast of a band producing a mesmeric show. It was a tough call for Ten Ton Slug to open for ‘The Society’ but their stoner infused sludge drilled to the core of the building audience with an incipient heaviness and heft. Riffs and rollicking intentions they battered their way through an...

This was as complete  Marillion show Apr15

This was as complete Marillion show

THEY’RE the coolest uncool band on the planet, but Marillion never fail to deliver. Quite simply they are a force for good, as was proved in Belfast’s Ulster Hall. Forget everything you may have perceived as musical excellence before. Disregard any notions you have of what prog rock is. This was a show to wallow in, to sit back and enjoy – apart from the moments when you rise from your seat to applaud the excellence. And, unusual for a rock show, this was an entirely seated affair in the venerable old venue. That said, it was probably for the best lest the audience be overcome and become wobbly on their feet at the feat...

The Dead Daisies @ The Garage, Glasgow Apr11

The Dead Daisies @ The Garage, Glasgow

  The Dead Daisies @ The Garage, Glasgow   It is the first night of the tour, the brilliant “ Burn it Down” has just been released and Glasgow is the lucky city to hear the new tracks live first. Before we get to the show there is a very telling fact that has to be conveyed. In the city tonight there are two other gigs going on. In the large arena you have Toto and on a much smaller scale the beloved Massive Wagons are also playing. A lot of people had to make choices tonight so the fact that this event is sold out tells you all you need to know about how well loved this band are in Scotland. I made the tough choice to opt for The...

LIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST ULSTER HALL 06/04/2018 Apr10

LIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST U...

LIVE REVIEW:THE STRANGLERS &THERAPY BELFAST ULSTER HALL 06/04/2018   A crammed Belfast Ulster Hall was treated to a night to remember as The Stranglers delivered a jam-packed set on Friday night as part of their definitive tour. With support from local lads Therapy?, revellers were guaranteed to be blown away. As the show got under way, Therapy? raised the tempo as they thrust into “Isolation”. Lead-singer Andy Cairns greeted the Belfast crowd, “We’re Therapy?, and we’re from East Antrim. Are you ready to make some noise!?” before he urged the audience to help celebrate drummer Neil Cooper’s birthday and encouraged him to “drum...

Leaves Eyes Sign Of ...

  Leaves Eyes Sign Of The Dragonhead Leaves Eyes are hailed as one of the best symphonic metal bands out there. Formed back in 2003 this five piece German Norwegian band are the historians of Viking and Norse folklore; every song telling a different story with the beautiful vocals of...

LEDGER track “Not Dead Yet” Apr10

LEDGER track “Not De...

  Hello I hope all is good with you Jen Ledger, drummer and vocalist of multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated rock band Skillet has signed with Atlantic Records/Hear It Loud, the imprint encompassing the creative team of Skillet’s John & Korey Cooper and longtime manager, Zachary...

Greta Van Fleet @ St Lukes, Glasgow Apr10

Greta Van Fleet @ St Lukes, Glasgow

  Greta Van Fleet @ St Lukes, Glasgow   It is Easter Sunday, I am in an old church and Greta Van Fleet are giving a sermon…if Carlsberg did bank holiday entertainment this is probably it! Support tonight is The Rolling St…Second Sons, a bunch of lads from London that wear their influences on their sleeve and provide good old Rock,n,Roll tunes. I only found out they were supporting the night before and with very little product out there easy to find I went in almost blind. This is no bad thing as preconceptions can be a horrible thing so I watched and I listened and instantly found a band I loved. Nick Harding on vocals is an...

Halo Tora – Man of S...

  Halo Tora – Man of Stone, First Chapter I can recall about six years ago moaning about the lack of development and risk taking within the world of progressive rock\metal. Often derided as a bunch of Peart worshipping anorak’s by the ‘mainstream’ I was concerned that we were becoming a...

The Dead Daisies – Burn It Down

  The Dead Daisies – Burn It Down   For me The Dead Daisies have been flirting with greatness for some time. Live they are incredible and with the last studio album  Make Some noise we saw a massive step up for the band. When I reviewed that back in 2015 I stated for the record they would become the next arena band and I would suspect them to start headlining festivals. Today that got a whole lot closer with the release of “Burn It Down” The album opens with a lazy assed riff and drums with an attitude all of their own, it swings into Corabi’s melodies beautifully and I cannot over emphasize the importance that the hiring of the...

Falling Red Release ...

Falling Red Release Single and Reveal new video for ‘Hell In My Eyes’ Fresh from their recently released studio album Lost Souls, the super–sleazy quartet from Northwest England FALLING RED have premièred a new video single for the punchy and infectious ‘Hell In My Eyes’....

Hunter and the Bear, King Tuts Glasgow Apr05

Hunter and the Bear, King Tuts Glasgow

  Hunter and the Bear, King Tuts Glasgow It is a rare thing that I am recommended a band I have never even heard the name of. How I have missed this incredible band I have no idea but tonight I rectify this folly. King Tuts is packed out tonight, anyone with claustrophobia would not have made it through standing in line in the bar area to get in. This gig sold out in four hours which again has me wondering where the hell have I been and it also begs the question why Tuts? As a venue it is a shadow of itself from the 90s. Yes it is intimate, it is seriously hot and sweaty but other venues in this city have left it behind. For me tonight...

PSYCHEWORK REVEALS DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM Apr05

PSYCHEWORK REVEALS DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM

  PSYCHEWORK REVEALS DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM “KARELIAN HILLS”, OUT IN APRIL 2018 Finnish melodic metallers Psychework are set to release their sophomore album on 20th of April, 2018 through Ranka Kustannus. While the full-length, titled “Karelian Hills”, is not a concept album, it lays out a vast and brutal scenery of war with true stories set in Karelia, Russia, and Poland. The subject was briefly explored on their 2016 debut, “The Dragon’s Year”, which focused mostly on a more personal battle. Singer Antony Parviainen elaborates on lyrical themes: “After our first album, which was created around a weighty theme, I started to think what...

LIVE REVIEW Testament to mightiness Apr05

LIVE REVIEW Testament to mightiness

LIVE REVIEW Testament to mightiness WITH a lengthy tour coming to a close Testament, Annihilator and Vader were a polished tour package to rival any current shows. And, when they landed in Dublin on Easter Sunday they could have resurrected any messiahs slumbering. It may have been April Fool’s Day, but it was no joke as the mayhem was unleashed at the city’s Vicar Street venue. While Vader may have been only allotted shortly over 30 minutes they took their opportunity, grabbed the audience by the scruff of the neck and threw their deathly might upon the adoring at the front. On the surface Vader’s inclusion could have...

SAXON ALBUM REVIEW

  Where were you in ’79 when the dam began to burst, did you check us out down at the local show? Yes, Biff we tried to climb the fence at the Balloch Rock Festival to see you, not quite secondary school kids taking our lives in our hands. The festival took place in the bear park,...

Album Review Artist- Rick Parfitt Album- Over and ...

Album Review Artist- Rick Parfitt Album- Over and Out Reviewr- Simon Larkin I remember writing the review for Motorheads Live album ‘Clean the Clock’ that was released after Lemmy’s death and having many of the same emotions whilst listening to it. This one though is a much tougher listen, it’s almost as though Rick knew it was the end of the road. I am gonna be honest, big Scotsman or not, I managed to hold it together, feeling sad but holding it in, until ‘Without You’. At that point the damn bust and a wee tear or three were shed. I defy any true Parfitt fan to hold it together! Self pity out the way,...

HAMMERFEST XI HERALDS ITS FIRST WAVE OF METAL ACTS Mar29

HAMMERFEST XI HERALD...

HAMMERFEST XI HERALDS ITS FIRST WAVE OF METAL ACTS   Bookings are open for Hammerfest XI, so be swift lest you miss this raucous celebration of the finest Metal. Once more, amidst Snowden’s landscape, the Rock-loving tribes of Hammerfest will gather at Camp HRH, Pwllheli, in North Wales, for...

BETH HART CONFIRMS K...

BETH HART CONFIRMS KRIS BARRAS BAND AS SPECIAL GUEST ON 2018 UK TOUR GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATED AMERICAN SINGER SONGWRITER EMBARKS ON HER BIGGEST UK TOUR TO DATE ON THURSDAY 12 APRIL INCLUDING TWO SOLD OUT SHOWS IN BEXHILL AND AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL   “Beth Hart has a blues-rock voice so...

Warrior Soul @ Audio, Glasgow Mar29

Warrior Soul @ Audio, Glasgow

  Warrior Soul @ Audio, Glasgow The Atomic punk swaggered back into Glasgow to promote the new and brilliant release “Back On The lash” and finally we get the attitude generator showing all these rock star pussies that you don’t need to straighten your shit out to be awesome. Before the chaos ensued we were treated to local band The Swamp Born Assassins. This band are going from strength to strength with their brand of heavy assed, fuzzy blues. The six piece may be but emryos(or should that be eggs?) in band terms but they have quickly garnered fans and with the gigs piling up they are melding brilliantly on the stage. The sound is...

WAYWARD SONS

WAYWARD SONS NEW SINGLE: “DON’T WANNA GO” RELEASE DATE: 23RD MARCH 2018 ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR IN APRIL 2018  SUPPORT TO SAXON UK TOUR IN OCTOBER 2018  Praise for “Ghosts Of Yet To Come” Debut single “Until The End” 16 Weeks On Planet Rock Playlist! “This is simple, irresistible Rock N...

Borealis album “The ...

  Borealis album “The Offering” Borealis are a Canadian five piece melodic power metal band and, despite being quite young, they are now into their fourth album. The Offering is a concept based around their love of horror movies, twelve blistering tunes and right from the first track The...

DEF LEPPARD’S ROCK OF AGES REIGNS SUPREME Mar26

DEF LEPPARD’S ROCK O...

DEF LEPPARD’S ROCK OF AGES REIGNS SUPREME WITH THE FIRST OF FOUR PLANNED CAREER-SPANNING BOX SETS  The British Rock Icons Unleash A New Round Of Raucous, Retro-Active Complete Collections, Starting with Volume One Box Sets On Both LP and CD, Via Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe on June 1 Band...

Hurry Up And Wait E....

  Hurry Up And Wait E.P. By FLICKERTAIL. Flickertail are a four piece Irish Australian rock n roll blues band from Sydney whose influences range from The Darkness to Oasis and Thin Lizzy, their soon to be released five track ep Hurry Up and Wait is five tracks, all of which have a mix of...

Promethium – Faces of War

  Promethium – Faces of War I have always wondered how bands structure an album. After they have written all the songs how do you pick the running order and more importantly what should you kick the album off with. In this day and age everyone has the attention span of a goldfish so you need to get it right. In my mind I can see the band sitting down and mutually agreeing we do the “lets rip their face of with a riff” approach and so “Enemies Fate” opens and does exactly that. What an star, powerful, brutal and as bloodthirsty as the Vikings they sing about. Good choice guys as this is probably one of my favourite subjects so stick...

Joe Bonamassa – Brighton Centre Mar20

Joe Bonamassa – Brighton Centre

  From the darkness, a glimpse of a gold-top guitar harnessed on a suited, sunglasses-wearing rock star emerged. Bonamassa did something unusual to start his show. The set began with a number of new tracks from his not-yet-released album that’s due out in September. “King Bee Shakedown”, “Evil Mama”, “Just ‘Cause You Can” and “Self Inflicted Wounds” smashed into the world of heavy southern blues. Gospel backing harmonies flew over trademark blues tones which must have made any long term fan of his salivate to hear more of Joe Bonamassa’s newest accomplishment. The songs sat well with the rest of his material and didn’t feel out of...

Screaming Eagles set to release Live at Bonfest Mar19

Screaming Eagles set...

Screaming Eagles set to release Live at Bonfest SCREAMING Eagles will release their new live album ‘Live At Bonfest’ on March 29th 2018. The album will be released on CD and digitally with pre-orders available from March 16th. ‘Live At Bonfest’ captures the bands raw and energetic performance...

Bulletboys @ Bannermans, Edinburgh Mar19

Bulletboys @ Bannermans, Edinburgh

  Bulletboys @ Bannermans, Edinburgh   A lot of things ran through my head on the journey to this gig, 29 years ago I made the same journey, to see the same band for their first ever gig in Scotland…and all that time later they came back. I was more than a little excited. Due to the 2 hour journey I missed most of Budderside’s set, I got there with about two songs from the end but the Bannerman crowd had already accepted them and even with two songs I could tell why. They play an up tempo, in your face, fun slice of Rock,N,Roll. They love what they do and they play up for the crowd and photographers alike. They were a great...

Greek classic heavy metal thrashers SENSE OF FEAR

ROCKSHOTS RECORDS is proud to announce the signing of Greek classic heavy metal thrashers SENSE OF FEAR for the release of their debut album “As The Ages Passing By…”. First unleashing their self-titled EP in 2013, SENSE OF FEAR are ready to reveal their follow up full length “As The Ages Passing By…”. Years in the making, the release has an old school heavy metal feel with a modern pounding anvil. Each track was carefully selected for a good old headbanging time along with telling a unique story. The band comments: “Each song has its own gravity to the album, and all together create SENSE OF FEAR’s presentation to the world as a band...

Q.F.T single “ALIENS.” Mar19

Q.F.T single “ALIENS...

  Q.F.T single “ALIENS.” Q.F.T. or Quantum Field Theory is the solo project by singer Linnea Vikström of the Swedish symphonic metal band Therion. Gone is the operatic orchestral sound and instead we are taken back to the late 70s/80s with the likes of Starship and fellow Swedes Europe,...

WARRIOR SOUL, the band fronted by legendary singer Kory Clarke, have announced 2018 tour Mar19

WARRIOR SOUL, the ba...

WARRIOR SOUL, the band fronted by legendary singer Kory Clarke, have announced 2018 tour dates in UK, Europe and Scandinavia. The dates are in support of their new album ‘Back On The Lash‘ which was released on December 1st – 2017, via Livewire/Cargo Records UK. WARRIOR SOUL are back...

Can Therion’s ...

Can Therion’s three and a half hour metal opera Beloved Antichrist work REVIEWERS have an easy job. Labels and PR companies send albums, you give it a couple of listens and pen a few (ill) informed words and job’s done. And then arriving in your inbox is a three and a half metal...

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