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Live: Trivium, The Roundhouse London

A Friday night in London drinking beers doesn’t get much better until you add some of the biggest names in todays metal world. With Trivium embarking upon a UK and European tour in support of their ‘Silence in The Snow’ Album fans are treated to a night of tasty guitar licks, shredding solos and unholy roars of Matthew Heafy as ...

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Live: Glenn Hughes, The Robin 2, Bilston

Sly & the Family Stone pour out of the house PA, singing about ‘A Family Affair’. It’s fitting. There’s a sense of déjà vu at the Robin 2 tonight; there usually is when Glenn Hughes plays his native Black Country. You’ll regularly catch sight of other musicians who still live locally, maybe a retired footballer and a stand-up comic and ...

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Live: Electric Six, O2 Academy, Birmingham

When Blank Parody come on stage, we don’t know what to expect. Some members are looking relaxed in their jeans and tees but their frontman is dressed to impress in a sharp blazer. They belt out loud and proud alternative rock, providing a decent spectacle to the crowd. They don’t let those ‘opening band blues’ hold them back one bit, ...

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Live: Lordi, O2 Academy, Newcastle

If you are fairly new to the world of Lordi, you would be forgiven for thinking their rise to fame is due to their bizarre appearance. Partly true, but the Finns are best known for the only metal band to win the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ – proving you can’t beat a great song. The ...

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Live: Airbourne, The Electric Ballroom, London

In this day and age, we’ve all heard it on the radio, read it in a magazine or online, that Rock and Roll is dead in some way or another. How idiotic a statement it is though! Music traverses through ages and develops as it goes, sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. Monday and Tuesday night in London was proof ...

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Hard Rock Hell – A familiar crowd gather to don their denim and leather!

Navigating further into the depths of Wales, the blue skies faded and the terrain became more rugged as we drew ever nearer to Hard Rock Hell for its tenth instalment. Seeding various spin-offs throughout the year – HRH Blues, HRH AOR, HRH PROG to name but a few – this is the original and, some might say, the best. HRH events ...

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Alter Bridge Live at The O2 Arena

In 2011, Alter Bridge played the biggest show of the bands history. The stage was Wembley Arena. The show, which featured them blowing the roof off with high voltage rock (not literally) was documented on a live DVD, appropriately titled, Alter Bridge Live at Wembley. A few years later they returned to Wembley as champions and did it all again. ...

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Review: Lacuna Coil, Forever Still & Genus Ordinis Dei – O2 Institute Birmingham

Italian gothfathers Lacuna Coil are back in Birmingham – namely the overflowing O2 Institute – for yet another sold-out show as part of the 2016 Delirium World Tour. With the queue already snaking halfway down the street by 7pm, it’s no surprise that we find ourselves packed like sardines into the smaller room downstairs come zero hour. The task of ...

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Live: Beth Hart – Birmingham Symphony Hall

Purple lights flood an empty stage, and the dust caught hovering in the air evokes the unearthly appearance of what it might be like to wake up one morning on somewhere like Jupiter. Lord know Holst’s ‘Joybringer’ theme is much needed this year, but I’m content to hear Gary Hoey’s ‘Dust & Bones’ play over the PA, battling to be overheard above this ...

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Live: Dope, Anti-Clone, Killus – Islington Academy, London

Killus are mad. Donning coloured eye contacts, what can only be described as ‘Joker’ makeup and tongues tangling out, it’s fair to say this band provide an energy to a show. At one point; the lead singer was in the photo pit and straddled me. It’s been two days; I don’t think he’s going to call me. The blood make ...

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