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Interview with Arjen Anthony Lucassen of Ayreon

The Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon) writes and produces complex “rock operas” with disconcerting and intriguing story-lines. These invariably include a series of interesting characters, each one of which is represented by an individual singer. Lucassen plays many of the instruments in each of his works, but he also encourages other guest musicians to participate. Ayreon’s music ...

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Ayreon ‘The Theory Of Everything’

Ayreon is the flagship musical project by Dutch composer and multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen. As with every Ayreon album, ‘The Theory Of Everything’ is a concept album with each character being portrayed by one singer. Singers on this project include former King Crimson and current Asia member John Wetton, Marco Hietala of Nightwish and Tarot, Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, ...

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The One Hundred – New Breed, New Generation

We are at The Boilerroom in Guildford and it’s The One Hundreds, first ever gig!  “What’s up Guildford! It feels good to be on stage after two years” says lead vocalist Jacob Field. You see, this is a band formed from the ashes of Collapse The Control, a metalcore band that toured abundantly. The One Hundred introduce new drummer Joe ...

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Nirvana ‘In Utero’ 20th Anniversary

Nirvana’s In Utero album has been perceived in two drastically different ways since it’s original release on September 21st 1993. The first was that it was a kind of preemptive suicide note from Cobain to the rest if the world. This view was only strengthened upon the news of Kurt Cobain’s untimely death in April of 1994. The second perspective, ...

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Hard Rock Hell ‘Cirque Du Rock’ Preview

Hard Rock Hell is back! With the excellent reviews from last year and a mega line-up booked for 2013! Hard Rock Hell is rising and becoming more and more popular each time round! If you was at Hard Rock Hell last year im sure that you already have your ticket, because Hard Rock Hell isn’t just a festival, its more ...

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Marc Bolan at the BBC – 6 CD Box Set

Marc Bolan, what a chancer. He played the fame game time and time again, but once he’d struck gold stayed too close to a formula that worked and it proved to be his creative downfall. The fact that he actually had talent wrapped up in his precocious elfin frame would have made him the envy of today’s X-Factor wannabes. A ...

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Def Leppard ‘Viva! Hysteria’

Mötley Crüe has done it grandly. Shania did it alone. Elton did it with a big pair of inflatable titties. Rod Stewart did it in a smart suit. Celine did it a lot. And, above all, Elvis did it before he left the building. All the big ones have done it. And this year British classic rock band Def Leppard ...

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John Martyn ‘The Island Years’ Limited Edition Box Set

John Martyn was a walking contradiction, even when he lost a leg. That he made music so beautiful and so full of anger, sometimes in the same song, proved this. What we thought we knew about him changed somewhat after he died: he wasn’t born in Scotland, the name he sang under wasn’t his real one, and pretty much everything ...

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Interview with The Safety Fire

This month The Safety Fire will be touring North America with Between The Buried And Me, The Faceless and The Contortionist. The London UK based band first made a name for themselves with the release of their potent and well-received EP “Sections” in 2009. Their reputation as a powerfully energetic live band quickly followed. With their expansive atmospheres and soaring melodies, ...

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Beacons Festival 2013

Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales on Helseker Farm estate, this years near to capacity Beacons Festival was due to be a fun filled weekend of debauched rocking out fueled by copious amounts of fruit based cider and the occasional pie and mash. Arriving on Friday lunchtime first impressions were of it’s intimacy and uniqueness.  It’s a ...

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