The feeling of evil in the air is as thick as tar. Marely being in the presence of Behemoth in the same building is enough to send shivers down the spine of any god-fearing person. Though it shouldn’t be god that they fear tonight. In a staggering three song set, the wide black metal landscape that Wolves In The Throne ...Read More »
The name as well as the band’s cover is intriguing – so hoping that the music can live up to the high standard already offered by Sicilian Gando...
Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock are shaping up into the kind of tight, hot combo MSG never quite were. We can argue how much ‘Lost Horizons’ would ...
Samantha Fish flew into the UK at the tail end of last year and played some blistering blues rock with a terrific live band. She also found time to sl...
When I pressed play on this album, I was hoping the band name was not intended as a pre-description of what was to come. Thankfully, this was not the ...
Formed in 1993 in Espoo, nr. Helsinki, Finland, Children of Bodom has built a rock solid reputation as one of the greatest melodic death metal bands i...
Almost a decade’s been and gone, in the cheeky wink of an eye, since Billy Idol last released an album, and while the fistful of hit singles like ‘Whi...
The Quireboys have led a somewhat ragged existence – half the time they have had their heads held proudly skywards – with crowns rising in...
I’m sure there are many words German post-rockers Long Distance Calling would hope to have their album described as, ‘pleasant’, I i...
Gaining a solid name for themselves over the past few years, Inglorious are back on the road in support of the third extremely anticipated album Ride to Nowhere, a name that they are far from living up to, as they continue to bring outstanding performances to every stage and venue on the way. Bringing the finest of talent on the ...Read More »
Avantasia (an amalgam of Avalon & Fantasia, said to mean a world beyond human imagination) is a German supergroup metal opera created by Tobias Sammet. The sometime vocalist with Edguy follows up 2016’s Ghostlights album with yet another album full of musical adventure, entitled Moonglow. Sammet says “I believe this is the most unadorned and detailed work we’ve ever produced. Avantasia ...Read More »
It’s February 2019 and Parkway Drive are currently on their biggest European Tour to date. Selling out in Manchester, Frankfurt, Czech Republic, Paris and Munich. They tonight face a sold out show of ten thousand people at London’s Alexandra Palace with support from Killswitch Engage and Thy Art Is Murder. We climb the steep hill that is the walk up ...Read More »
With Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space (or BZFOS for short), it’s hard to judge if they have truly ‘made it’ or not. Not that it matters to them I assume, nor does it affect their music one bit, yet it’s hard to gauge if people know them as a band or just heard the name and thought ‘What the hell ...Read More »
Persistence Tour 2019 – The Sleeping Dragons Wake As Sick Of It All Lead The Charge In A Wild All Day Sonic Onslaught
Let’s clear the air from the get go, the Persistence Tour is arguably one of the finest travelling tours in Europe. A compendium of incredible acts from the furthest echelons of punk, hardcore, and metal. Has it seen its fair share of ups and down over the years? Of course it has. But that is the beauty of a dedicated, fan driven ...Read More »
As a much-loved ska punk band hailing from West Yorkshire, the four members of Random Hand broke their fan’s hearts in early 2015 by announcing a hiatus. To add insult to pit-based injury, they would also release their much anticipated fourth album Hit/Reset the day after their last gig at the Underworld in Camden, but had no plans to tour this ...Read More »
Before we kick into this review, allow me to start off with the aftermath of the gig, and an important yet short anecdote… It’s a freezing yet miserable night in Tunbridge Wells, and for some unfortunate moshers who somehow went the wrong way back to the train station whilst dressed in shorts and hoodies (and one in cow print trousers), ...Read More »
Despite the long history of Blodskam, the Swedish back metal band have only just released their debut album. The band was formed in 1998, when black metal had already established itself as the most radical musical movement. But still, getting through the years the members of Blodskam decided to reunite a few years ago finally releasing their La-Bas. Blodskam decided ...Read More »
British/Finnish sensation Hexvessel know a thing or two about psychedelic and highly evocative folk rock. The ensemble’s fourth effort entitled All Tree delves even further into the mysteries of nature and its many melancholy shades and nuances, and the record’s restlessly inventive spirit is truly invigorating. The overall effect of listening to this eclectic and emotional endeavor is downright haunting, ...Read More »