Author Archives: Dale Unsworth

Self-proclaimed journalist, Progressive rock enthusiast and the most American sounding person you're ever likely to meet in the North of England
Rise Against

Live: Rise Against, Manchester Apollo

Some may argue that punk rock in recent years has become stagnant and lost all of the edge it once had, however, bands like Rise Against still exist. Sleeping With Sirens acted as direct support and while from a musical standpoint they fit in with Rise Against it was clear that the audience was divided, with many just tolerating them ...

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Fozzy

Live: Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar, Manchester Academy

At one point wrestlers trying to branch out into other mediums was met with derision and little success for the most part but one of the most notable exceptions is Chris Jericho with his band, Fozzy; a hard rock outfit heavily influenced by 80’s heavy metal bands, joining them on a co-headline tour was Swedish hair metal revival outfit, Hardcore Superstar. ...

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weezer

Live: Weezer, Manchester Apollo

A Weezer tour is sadly a very rare occasion in the UK but is always welcome and with last year’s performance at the Academy selling out extraordinarily quickly it made sense for Weezer to play The Apollo. Weezer are welcomed to the stage with an almost deafening cheer and the band jump straight into ‘The World Has Turned and Left ...

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Cannibal Corpse Red Before Black

Review: Cannibal Corpse – Red Before Black

Referred to as the most controversial band of all time and the most important Death Metal band of all time, Buffalo Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse return seemingly out of nowhere with their 14th studio album Red Before Black. The key word to describe Cannibal Corpse is consistent, they are a band that have released quality content over the three ...

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Trivium - The Sin and The Sentence

Review: Trivium – The Sin and The Sentence

Despite having a difficult few years with frequently changing personnel and what some may call an ever evolving sound that has garnered mixed reviews, influential Florida based metalcore outfit Trivium return with their 8th studio album, The Sin and the Sentence. The album starts with the title track and lead single, ‘The Sin and the Sentence’ which is one of the ...

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stop stop

Live: Stop Stop, Manchester Ruby Lounge

While some may argue that the glam metal scene of the ’80’s is long dead there are still bands that make an effort to continue its traditions, Stop Stop are one of these bands. Starting out the night was The Lotus, an Italian progressive metal band, who have a number of songs that sound like early Queensryche but with more ...

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Arch Enemy - Will to Power

Review: Arch Enemy – Will to Power

There has been considerable pressure put on Swedish melodic death metal legends Arch Enemy over the past few years particularly since the departure of founding guitarist Chris Amott and long time vocalist Angela Gossow, surprisingly their first album with the new lineup, War Eternal, was the strongest release from the band in quite some time and with once again a ...

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Prong

Live: Prong, Spoil Engine and Nomad – Manchester Rebellion

Mere months after their previous appearance as support for Exodus and Obituary, Prong return to Manchester only a week before the release of their brand new album, Zero Days, joining them were Nomad and Spoil Engine. Manchester based Sludge Metal band Nomad opened their only appearance on the Prong tour and make great use of what little time they have ...

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Destrage

Interview: Destrage on Djent, Manchester 02 Ritz

Destrage have started to make a name for themselves over the past few years, touring with bands like Sikth, Protest the Hero and Periphery and while they still have some ways to go in terms of making a fan base in England but are certainly no strangers to our shores, I spoke to Paolo Colavolpe and Federico Paulovich where we ...

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Periphery

Live: Periphery, The Contortionist and Destrage – Manchester 02 Ritz

Progressive Metal and Djent progenitors Periphery return to Manchester with their debut show at the Manchester 02 Ritz along with fellow proggers Destrage and The Contortionist in an effort to answer the age old question, does it Djent? Appearing on stage first was Italian Progressive Metalcore band, Destrage, who provided an anarchic set made up of mostly songs from their ...

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