Live Reviews

36crazyfists

Bury Tomorrow, 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill, Crystal Lake – Some of our generation’s finest metalcore!

Though it’s arse clatteringly cold outside,  inside the venue is heating the fuck up with some of our generation’s finest metalcore. Kicking off with Japan’s own Crystal Lake who lay down solid riffs that loosen up the cogs in the machine tonight. Firmly planting the seeds for their future, they do well to make an impression on the crowd this ...

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Not Ur Girlfrenz

Not Ur Girlfrenz support Bowling For Soup

Somewhere there is a pop punk band, a group of seasoned pros who have had their life-force sucked out of them and placed in the bodies of a trio of Texan teenage girls – has anyone heard from Sugarcult recently? Sounds akin to the plot from Space Jam but it is the best way to describe Not Ur Girlfrenz – they strut around ...

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Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish show Manchester a skatastic time

Opening up the show is Suburban Legends, for anyone who doesn’t know them they are a Ska band from Orange County, CA. They’re very happy to the point all your worries go away. Not only playing their own tracks, they are also known to do amazing skatified covers from Disney movies, it’s amazing! This is the second time I have seen these guys ...

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Sevendust

Sevendust live at Manchester Academy with All That Remains and Blind Channel

First up to play is Finish band Blind Channel. Like pretty much most of us here we have never heard of this band, and after doing some quick back checking this is what stood out… their genre is violent pop. I have never heard of this genre and as it turns out Blind Channel say they are the ‘pioneers of ...

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Zeal and Ardor

Zeal and Ardor at The Electric Ballroom – His command dominates as his intent glare stares through the centre of the crowd.

Following the release of Stranger Fruit, Zeal and Ardor have exploded from being a small, underground band, to a band that really are on the cusp of breaking into the mainstream. Their blend of gospel blues and black metal hasn’t come without its fair share of hate from elitists, but if you’re getting hate, clearly you’re doing something good. Currently ...

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Uli Jon Roth

Guitar wizard Uli Jon Roth enchants London

Spanning over five legendary decades, Uli Jon Roth‘s career is still constantly on the rise. This former Scorpions superstar started playing guitar at a very young age and his expertise and uniqueness has made him increasingly popular throughout the years. Since day one his classical roots have been blending with his rock ‘n roll style creating something beautiful and innovative, ...

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Uriah Heep

Return To Fantasy – The Legendary Uriah Heep Still Reign Supreme

Progressive hard rock lords Uriah Heep are still a musical force to be reckoned with as evidenced by last night‘s glorious performance at USF in Bergen, Norway. On the back of their excellent Living the Dream album, which is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year, the band ploughed through an exhilarating 90-minute set in front of an ecstatic ...

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mc5 Micheal Monro

MC5 celebrate their 50th anniversary in style supported by an extraordinary Michael Monroe

Shepherd’s Bush Empire is filled with a sense of anticipation, two outstanding bands are about to rock this venue. Michael Monroe, the Finnish multi-instrumentalist who stole the glam punk scene with Hanoi Rocks and later kept on doing so with his own band, and of course MC5, American punk legends who are celebrating the fifty year anniversary of their first album ...

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Corrosion of Conformity

Corrosion of Conformity bring their attitude to Manchester

Corrosion of Conformity are back and they’re back with a boot in the face! Vocalist and Guitarist Pepper Keenan is back pumping out the punk laden metal and it’s like he never left. I saw Corrosion back in 2014 at Hammerfest without Pepper and it didn’t feel right. Who knew shortly after there were talks of him coming back after all ...

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Hands Off Gretel are the well-oiled alt-rock machine you never knew you needed

Venue: The Globe, Newcastle If you read a lot about newer bands, or bands ‘on the rise’, it might mention something to do with this fictional ‘new wave of classic rock’. Something I don’t really subscribe to. When did the ‘classic’ style of rock go away? Also, how can something be ‘new’ and ‘classic’ at the same time? It’s like ...

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