Live Reviews


Ghouls last ever live show at Rich Mix London

Ghouls. A little band that started with five people who studied at university together in 2012, came together at Rich Mix in Shoreditch to say goodbye to three hundred dedicated fans; some coming from as far as Australia and America. The night opened with grime/ska artist Karl Phillips and The Rejects. Karl and the band had incredible energy during their ...

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Roadstars UK 2019 Tour, Saturday 5th October The Flapper, Birmingham

One’s initial impression of the dirty rock with a touch of the blues blasting out on stage from five piece band Gorilla Riot is of a joyous aural collision between Humble Pie and  ZZ Top. There are three guitarists, each a lead player we’ll later find out, two adding backing vocals; the front man delivering fine smoky come gravel elivery ...

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Matt Pearce @neilmach 2019 ©

Matt Pearce and the Mutiny, Thursday 26th September 2019: Upstairs at The Garage, London

As a member of the successful hard rock band Voodoo Six, Glasgow-born guitarist Matt Pearce supported Iron Maiden on a concert tour and appeared in front of millions of heavy metal fans around the world. But 18 months ago he found himself at a crossroads in life and felt as if he “had to mutiny…” perhaps to survive. He admitted ...

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Collateral & Piston, Friday 20th September 2019: The Asylum 2, Birmingham

The members of Collateral obviously listened to their granddads talk about how back-in-the-day Deep Purple began their live act with the aural equivalent of a train crash; Blackmore screeching notes out to emphasis the metal behemoth scraping loose from its tracks.  These young lads like the idea so much they not only deliver their opening number in this manner but ...

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SONS OF APOLLO ‘Live with the Provdiv Psychotic Symphony’

Sons of Apollo are a prog metal supergroup featuring alumni from such titans in their genre as Dream Theatre, Journey, Guns ‘n Roses, Mr Big, et al, and the dramatis personae contains some of its biggest names… Portnoy, Sherinian, Sheehan, Soto and Bumblefoot (Ron Thal). With their debut album, 2017’s Psychotic Symphony, given their pedigree the issue was if they would ...

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Graham Bonnet Band Live in Tokyo

Graham Bonnet Band Live in Tokyo 2017

The question many will ask is ‘Do We Need another Graham Bonnet Band live album?’ Well, if you’re a devoted fan of many years like me, then a simple yes applies. I have seen him numerous times with numerous line-ups and as this has the talent that is Conrad Pesinato on guitar… one of the best Graham Bonnet has played with ...

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Jared James Nichols brings Blues Power to The Boston Music Rooms

Long, Long ago, (OK, maybe not all that long ago, but a good couple of years at least!) I found myself the pleasure of witnessing Jared James Nichols live for the first time. That was that, I’d been sold on his music for a year or so beforehand and was over the moon at the chance. Having then seen him ...

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Bloodywood, Armada of Secrets, Endeavour, and Liquid State Live in Bristol

On Wednesday the 24th of July, 2019 the furiously heavy Bloodywood took to the stage at The Lanes in Bristol. This was the bands first ever UK performance and rightly so, the gig was a sell out! The Lanes is a truly unique venue which is situated in a retro styled bowling alley, which upon arrival didn’t seem the place ...

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UK TechFest 2019

If ever there was a festival that the phrase ‘For us, by us’ could fit, UK Techfest would be it. It now calls Newark Showground home after the idea first came about in 2011 in order to give the bands of technical and progressive metal a platform to share, both the up and coming and the established artists of the ...

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Neil Young live at Hyde Park

There can be few other artists who’ve pursued their own muse to such a singular extent as Neil Young, whether it’s walking out on bands… he missed playing the legendary Monterey Festival in 1967 by walking out on Buffalo Springfield, making albums to spite label boss David Geffen or walking out on his friends during a tour; just ask Stephen ...

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