Author Archives: Marcus L

Writer and sub-editor. Music fan with not enough time. Loves Megadeth, Porcupine Tree, Textures, and ZOAX. Join me on Twitter @infernal_wisdom

Review: ZOAX – ZOAX

Last year, I went to a fairly low-key festival in Petersfield, called Butserfest. Researching the acts beforehand, I came across the name ZOAX. Their repertoire on Spotify was limited – just two EPs – so I started with XIII (2014). ‘Bitter Angry Fake’ jumped forth from the speakers and within those first few seconds, I was gripped. There was something reminiscent of System Of A Down, ...

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BABYMETAL to play Friday main stage Download 2016

Following their (unofficial) cameo appearance during Dragonforce’s set last year, BABYMETAL will take a huge leap straight onto the main stage at Download Festival. The metal/J-pop fusion phenomenon will be performing on Friday, 10 June, despite a statement made in 2014 that “there’s a time & a place for Baby Metal. Each to their own but Download Festival is not it,” ...

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Why you should be excited about Palace Of The King

Last year, as if from out of nowhere, Aussie rockers, Palace of the King, came crashing onto the international music scene with their debut album White Bird/Burn The Sky (2015). Throwing more hooks than Rocky Balboa, the album was feel-good; it was exciting; it was fresh; it was put together incredibly well; and I fell in love with it, as ...

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The rebirth of Rise To Remain – As Lions

Hitting the ground running, Austin Dickinson, Conor O’Keefe and Will Homer are continuing their musical pursuits under the guise of As Lions. Since the split of Rise to Remain, they have been establishing themselves as a new entity touring the UK with Trivium in 2015 and scoring USA gigs with Five Finger Death Punch, Shine Down and Sixx:AM later this year in October ...

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Review: Dream Theater – The Astonishing

The Astonishing is a two hour long concept album and is the brain child of guitarist John Petrucci, and its musical foundation is a close compositional collaboration between him and pianist Jordan Rudess. It’s not the first time that Dream Theater have delved into this type of release. In 2002, they released Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence. Although not strictly a ‘rock ...

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David Gilmour returns to Pompeii

October 1971, Pink Floyd created a timeless piece of music history, playing an hour’s set in a two thousand year old amphitheatre in Pompeii. Revered by rock fans worldwide, Pink Floyd Live In Pompeii is, to this day, heralded as an incredible audiovisual experience. They hauled all their equipment by road from London to Pompeii to create the film over ...

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Introducing: Cortes

Cortes have realised their debut single, ‘Close To Nowhere.’ “Who are they,” I hear you ask. Allow me to enlighten you. Cortes are an indy/blues rock trio currently stomping around London. Their 2014 demo release, ‘Facing My Fear,’ received air time on BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe’s comment that it was “most certainly better than good.” But, of course, ...

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Iron Maiden’s metal too heavy for Dortmund

You may have heard of Ed Force One, Iron Maiden’s tour plane. Well, in 2015, in preparation for their staggering 70 date Book Of Souls World Tour, Ed Force One was upgraded from the previous Boeing 757 to the enormous Boeing 747-400. The plane has a whopping 64.4 metre wingspan and is about 70 metres in length; compared to the ...

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Live Review: Steven Wilson @ Hammersmith Apollo

Calming, yet desolate urban scenes of high-rise apartment blocks and the odd green-space provide the backdrop to the intro. Arriving on stage to a raucous applause, each musician takes their station for a smooth transition to opening track, ‘First Regret.’ Initially too bass-heavy, the sound is quickly rectified in time for the first drop that comes in ‘3 Years Older.’ ...

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Review: Steven Wilson – 4 1/2

If you don’t know who Steven Wilson is, that’s forgivable, but only just. He is the genius behind Porcupine Tree. If you are still sitting there with a blank face then you have some serious catching up to do – I suggest you start with In Absentia (2002) and Deadwing (2005). If you are not a fan after those two ...

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