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LIVE: Trivium play Portsmouth

On Tuesday 22nd March we arrived at the Pyramid Centre in Portsmouth to see Trivium. The first thing that stood out was the hundreds of metal heads queuing up and silhouetted against the sea front back drop. Once entering the venue, it was a large open space with a glass sky light that formed a point, it was clear to ...

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LIVE: Joe Bonamassa, The BIC, Bournemouth

Joe Bonamassa is the rock and blues reaper that will reach into you, and shake you by your very soul! On Sunday the 20th March, I was given the absolute pleasure of reviewing Joe Bonamassa at the BIC in Bournemouth. This was a rescheduled show after Joe was forced to cancel back in October due to illness.  Six months later ...

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Live! Baroness – London KoKo

Tuesday night shows. Does it get any better than this? Fans are flocking to the KoKo in their masses on this cold winter night for what looks to be an exciting sold out show with Baroness bringing their colour to the stage in support of their latest offering ‘purple’. The bill only consists of a mere two bands tonight but ...

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Robert John Godfrey Announces Retirement from THE ENID

THE ENID are a progressive British rock group set up by former Barclay James Harvest music director and the Royal College of Music composer and pianist Robert John Godfrey. Founded in 1973, RJG is one of only two original members still present in the 2016 line-up (the long-serving drummer Dave Storey worked on the band’s debut album.) Other key members ...

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Live Review: Inglorious, The Robin 2, Wolverhampton

Review by Paul Birch, photos by Martin Tierney I’ve seen Ali Clinton live a number of times, in various bands, and usually fronting rock trios. A talented youth, the influences of Rory Gallagher and to a lesser degree Jimmy Page were always evident in his fiery blues rock playing. Tonight he’s covering broader terrain, travelling in pastures trod by Virgil ...

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Interview with Biff Byford of Saxon about forthcoming release — Eagles and Dragons

A new Saxon package “Eagles and Dragons” is out soon. The set features nine albums which before today, were only released on vinyl in some regions (including Germany, Italy and the UK) and even then, only in very limited quantities. The new luxury 180 gram vinyl versions in the collection, including inner sleeves with all the lyrics, are a must-have ...

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Dream Theater

Dream Theater present The Astonishing live at London Palladium

London’s West End is full of prog-hunters on this cold and chilling February weekday evening. Jeff Wayne’s “Musical Version of The War of the Worlds” is packing the punters in over at the Dominion. But we’re going to see something far more exciting than that. Have seventeen years really flown-past-us since DREAM THEATER bestowed upon us Scenes from a Memory? ...

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RAMzine Issue 7 – William Francis + Festival Previews!

Issue 7 of RAMzine has arrived! Bringing you an exclusive interview with William Francis, on the last tour for Aiden. We also introduce to a particularly evil band, The Heretic Order, who are on tour with ICON this month. This is also our Festival Previews Issue! Featuring some of our favorite festivals from across the globe.

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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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Bloodstock: The Evolution

Starting out in 2001 as a one-day indoor event and seeing numbers of roughly 700 people, Bloodstock has become a household name amongst rock and metal fans. Now seeing numbers of 15,000 people, it has evolved to a full blown outdoor metal festival (Bloodstock Open Air – BOA), having seen acts such as Lacuna Coil, Testament, Cradle of Filth, Lamb of God and ...

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