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marillion

MARILLION very much at the top of their game | London Palladium

Marillion are now almost certainly the Grateful Dead of the prog world, in that they play lots of people around the world, but largely the same people. Asked by Steve Hoggarth how many in the packed Palladium audience were at the band’s recent Albert Hall gig, the majority responded in the affirmative. Given there was also a sizeable number who’d ...

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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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cro mags

Cro-Mags Destroy The Camden Underworld In a Triumphant Return To The UK

It has been a while since legendary NYHC crew Cro-Mags have performed in London. Only having done one-off appearances here and there (most notably at Outbreak Festival in Leeds this year) over the course of time in the UK, this is the first time that Cro-Mags have played London in what seems like forever – and yours truly was beyond ...

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#CutTheCrap

#CutTheCrap Sexual Harassment on Social Media Needs to Stop!

Today, something happened to me on Facebook that is a far too common an occurrence for women on social media. Being a music publicist, having unsolicited messages sent to me is quite a common thing. I don’t mind at all and think nothing of it. So when I was approached by a musician and asked for advice, I replied that ...

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GWAR

Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – GWAR

Riffs followed by riffs followed by riffs and more riffs is one way to describe the new album from GWAR. From the off, the opening track is straight out of the Tony Iommi school of dark sounding bone crushing chords creating just the beginning to the new look and feel GWAR. If you strip away all the costumes and history ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE

OZZY OSBOURNE Announced As First Download Headliner!

Download Festival has announced their first headliner for next years festival! The Price of Darkness, Ozzy Osborne will be gracing the famous stage at Donington once again. We knew that wouldn’t be the last we saw of Ozzy as he played for the last time as Black Sabbath, just last year! This year Ozzy will headline the Sunday night. The ...

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record deal

So you want a Record Deal?

As a publicist, I am constantly facing the same scenario over and over again with regards to record labels. So I wanted to throw in my two cents and actively invite people to share their opinions. Because I specialise in Rock and Metal, I will be using these genres for my examples. So you want a record deal? There’s a ...

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Klogr

Klogr… Keystone to rock!

The number of Italian rock bands who’ve come to notice outside of their home country could be counted on the fingers of one hand. But one band working towards making a name for themselves outside of their native land is Klogr (Key-log-ar), whose name derives from a psycho-physical law (S= KlogR) developed in the 19th century by Ernst Weber and ...

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Deliberations From The Shire with Mike James – Spreading The Disease

Brash, harsh and in your face are just some of things that come to mind on first listening to the heavy new album by Spreading The Disease. Having built their name up on the underground live circuit on the back of the first release Viral, this new album is a step up and fully encapsulates the energy you’d expect to see ...

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Stone Sour

Stone Sour: “We’re not going to be holding back. That’s what you can expect.”

It’s really hard to compete with the likes of Stone Sour in 2017. Though we’ve had a jam-fucking-packed year of decade-defining albums, the Iowans just go and drop their first record in four years, simply eliminating the competition with its megaton impact on the metal world. Cheers for that, guys! Their sixth album Hydrograd is a return to form in ...

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