Live Reviews

simple plan

Simple Plan successfully deliver a night of great pop punk mixed with the right dose of nostalgia.

Canadian pop punk band Simple Plan, brought their energy, catchy tunes and a whole lot of nostalgia to London’s Kentish Town Forum where they performed in front of a a sold out crowd as part of their No Pads, No Helmets.. Just Balls tour. Crowd surfing, bouncy beach balls and guitar riffs were all part of an awesome show, not that ...

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Download Festival 2017

Download 2017: The Highlights

Another fantastic and historical year of Download Festival has sadly been and gone. It’s a bit like the rock and metal Christmas in a way. Think of this week as being a 7-day boxing day. For once we had very minimal rain (not great for goths and gingers like me!) but bringing an extra sheen to the weekend – plus ...

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gene simmons

Live Review: Kiss – O2 Arena, London

They say you never forget your first Kiss concert. For many in attendance tonight, it’s easy to see why they would never forget for a variety of reasons. I personally got chatting to a couple of people in the queues. A father and son both excited. One a veteran having seen Kiss multiple times in many countries. His son was ...

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Periphery

Live: Periphery, The Contortionist and Destrage – Manchester 02 Ritz

Progressive Metal and Djent progenitors Periphery return to Manchester with their debut show at the Manchester 02 Ritz along with fellow proggers Destrage and The Contortionist in an effort to answer the age old question, does it Djent? Appearing on stage first was Italian Progressive Metalcore band, Destrage, who provided an anarchic set made up of mostly songs from their ...

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CKY

Live: CKY + Puppy, London Underworld

For a band with a cult following, CKY’s return to the UK after a six year hiatus was undoubtedly a welcome one. Having sold out their first date at the London Underworld with ease, it was no surprise that the band quickly announced a second date in the city, and the venue was packed out on a Monday night when ...

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Bossk

Live: Bossk, Vow, OHHMS – “Shrouded in darkness”

Manchester Rebellion, May 12th, 2017. After only a few months away, Bossk returns to Manchester to deliver their unique brand of atmospheric drone/black metal with Vow and OHHMS as support. First on stage was Vow, a fairly newly formed band from Manchester, the band have a distinctive sound that will probably spark some debate from new listeners as to how ...

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Dream Theater

Dream Theater’s 25th anniversary of ‘Images and Words’ at 02 Apollo in Manchester

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Images and Words, one of the most important albums in the history of progressive metal, Dream Theater returns once again to the 02 Apollo in Manchester. Dream Theater are a highly influential band and this has since been made more apparent in the last few years as prog has started to become popular once again ...

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parkway drive

Unbreakable Tour: Parkway Drive, Stick To Your Guns, Asking Alexandria

Stick To Your Guns were first on and came out of the traps with all guns blazing! For an opening act they gave it their all, as if they where headlining which is exactly what you want from an opening act. Lead singer Jesse liked to hype the crowd and even mentioned that this was a much bigger audience than ...

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Blood Red Throne

Live: Blood Red Throne, Met Lounge Peterborough

Peterborough is a funny old place, a breeding ground for plenty of local talent, home of bands like P.S.O.T.Y, The Infernal Sea and Vendetta to name a few. The last two having recently both played at our favourite UK metal festival Bloodstock Open Air (a festival that has much in common with plenty of tonight’s line-up). Despite this though, there ...

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sumo cyco

Live: Sumo Cyco / Devilskin / Eva Plays Dead, Think Tank, Newcastle

It was only two years ago when the line-up of UK festivals were criticised for not representing female musicians in the rock scene. One of the excuses thrown about was ‘Not enough women in bands’. This is frankly BS. Not only has there been, but there still is (more than ever) women in rock bands. Nothing new but here we ...

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