Reviews

Woodhawk – Beyond The Sun

Review: Woodhawk – Beyond The Sun

Beyond The Sun is the result of Calgary three piece Woodhawk. Proving to be so much more than the sum of their numbers, Beyond The Sun is their debut full length release and despite their short time together, they have produced something real special that makes no mistake in putting them firmly on the map. A crisp, clean and nigh ...

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The Riven – Blackbird

Review: The Riven – Blackbird

London outfit The Riven are a new band with an old feel, keeping the heavy, dirty sound of rock and blues alive. Blackbird is their debut EP, a five track release that sounds like a true encapsulation and harnessing of that raw power of an energetic, live performance, but in the studio. Like all the best ideas, The Riven came ...

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The Dirty Nil - Minimum RB

Review: The Dirty Nil – Minimum R&B

Following the success of their debut album, Higher Power, The Dirty Nil have dipped into their back catalogue to bring new fans a taste of what they were doing before. Minimum R&B takes one new track, a collection of 7 inches, plus the EP Smite and bundles them up into one big batch of alternative rock goodness. The question has ...

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Wilko Johnson photo by Leif Laaksonen

Wilko Johnson Band Royal Albert Hall Anniversary Celebrations

‘I’m supposed to be dead!’ announced Rhythm ‘n’ blues guitar ace Wilko Johnson after recovering from major surgery; an operation that previously he believed could not even take place having been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2012. Yet seemingly this unstoppable force is ready to jettison across a stage sawing away at his faithful telecaster once more with a ...

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Steve Hackett - The Night Siren

Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

‘Behind The Smoke’ begins singularly with Steve Hackett’s voice, a call to prayer as the music begins to encapsulate and Arabian dirge becomes more profoundly classic progressive rock. Halfway through the tempo changes adding an air of mystery and danger, the vocals now are indeed uttered by those from the East, chanting over the sound of drumming, and for the ...

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Blood Command

Review: Blood Command – Cult Drugs

I have been asked to review some bands in my time but never before have I ever heard of Death Pop/Hop before and if I wasn’t so opened minded probably would never have pressed the play button. However, this is quite an eye opener, slightly punkish, with added aggression and yet the band are very much in control and produce ...

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Bad Touch by Martin Tierney

Bad Touch & Broken Witt Rebels – Friday 7th April, 02 Academy Birmingham

Let’s get the sour grapes out the way, I’m in a venue that’s notoriously bad about communicating the times bands are due to appear, and when punters do arrive they inevitably complain about the price of a pint. “Tell me where you bury your dreams” sings Bad Touch’s singer Steve Westwood rather aptly as I walk in; the band having ...

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Vader

Vader, Immolation, Monument of Misanthropy, The Drowning

The Rebellion, Manchester. 11th April 2017. It’s always fun going to new places for gigs however The Rebellion is such a great venue with an atmosphere you can nearly taste. It has little pockets of space dotted around the building, it’s like a Tardis when you enter and it’s got a good-sized stage; that all the bands made good use of, in fact, ...

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Fumigation / The Path to R’lyeh - Invasion

Review: Fumigation / The Path to R’lyeh – Invasion

Tracklist: FUMIGATION Arachnophobia Forced Vaginal Harbourage Earwigs & Earwax A Beard Full of Maggots THE PATH TO R’LYEH Dream Eater The Book Made of Human Skin Extra-Terrestrial Abomination Y’ha-ntlei’s Awakening   Fumigation Already there is that anticipation building and intensifying ready to make your brain explode although this sounds quite experimental than death metal at least at the start, however, ...

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Grand Magus (1)

Live: Grand Magus, The Underworld, London

British shores have a history of Viking invasions, thankfully these days they are more than welcome, and the current assault across the nation had Swedish legends Grand Magus pillaging their way through venue after venue on the Frost and Fire Tour. As they prepare to take the Capital in their final show, we are treated to an insane showcase of ...

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