Live Reviews

Photo by Jay Russell

Live! Gojira, Code Orange & Car Bomb – The Forum, London

Gojira are BACK! It’s actually only been a few months since they last graced the UK with their presence. The difference being that this time sees them on their very own headline tour in support of their latest album ‘Magma’ which even at the time of writing this, is still currently happening. Back in November the band embarked upon a ...

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courtesans

Live: Courtesans, Think Tank, Newcastle

July last year we covered Courtesans at a venue on the other side of Newcastle, their first gig in the city. They have returned playing a more central venue – with more fans and materials behind them. Leading up to the release of their EP ‘Better Safe Than Sober’ EP this tour is a a live taster of what’s to ...

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Dan Reed Network photos by Martin Tierney

Dan Reed Network + Vega, The Robin 2, 12th March

Most sensible people stay in on a Sunday night. Me I’m out on the town about to catch two bands whose work I’m not overly familiar with. In the case of Vega, I know them only by reputation: melodic/AOR band, four albums in the can with regular support slots up and down the country. While the venue hasn’t filled out ...

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Michael Monroe

Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 Highlights: Saturday

Well, it feels like we’ve barely started, but we’re on the dawn of the final day of this year’s Hard Rock Hell AOR. The whole event has been excellent so far, and the organisers have certainly saved the best til last. Let’s dive right in. Power is the optimal word for Häxan. There are few things more impressive than a ...

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Lita Ford

Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 Highlights: Friday

Gloriously, the gods of weather have treated us here at Hard Rock Hell by getting all of the rain out overnight so we don’t have to suffer through it. This is especially welcome as the suffering is real. If you don’t have a hangover this morning, you are not experiencing a rock and roll festival properly. With pounding headaches, a ...

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Tequila Mockingbyrd

Hard Rock Hell AOR Highlights: Thursday

It’s not an enviable task having to open up a festival, but Tequila Mockingbyrd makes it look effortless. The Melbourne-born trio recently relocated to the UK and are on the cusp of releasing their debut in Europe – their Australian fanbase has already been treated to it – and they are out to prove a point, and make sure that ...

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Sum 41 - Don't Call It A Sum Back Tour

Live:Sum 41,Brixton Academy, London

The band who helped make your summers bright as a teenager, the band who made you realise you didn’t want to be casualties of society, the band who’s cheeky-smiled skater–punk style injected the anthem fuelled songs at your parties… Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Sum 41. But first, the main support act, Hollerado. These Toronto-based musicians are not ...

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King King

King King + Broken Witt Rebels: The Robin 2, 2017

The Robin 2 is heaving, packed to the rafters and Broken Witt Rebels looked dwarfed by the whole affair. This despite the fact they’ve grown up a lot in the last year. Still young, but a little worldlier; less running around manically, more concentrating on the music. Fortunately, tonight’s crowd seem familiar with that part of the equation, and where ...

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anthrax

Live: Anthrax / The Raven Age, Northumbria Uni, Newcastle

It’s kind of like an unwritten achievement to see the ‘big four’ thrash bands live on tour quite near to each other. Seeing as Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer are all playing the festival circuits this year – who else can we see headline a UK venue? Anthrax of course. With their vast back catalogue and fingers in many genre pies, ...

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skindred

HRH Metal 2017 in Photos

February 2017 we sent a photographer along to HRH Metal at the O2 Academy Birmingham to capture the mania. Skindred always manage to conquer any festival stage they play with an excellent balance of talent, entertainment and crowd participation. Lawnmower Deth since their return to the scene have also been known for entertainment and crowd participation. Throw in Red Rum, and we have ...

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