After forming the ‘Top Deck’ sound system with his brother Ivan, ‘Justin’ Yap launched his ‘Top Deck’ label in 1962. The initial releases by local vocal-acts sold moderately, but the following year, he made it into the big time with popular 45s featuring the leading trumpeter, Baba Brooks – who had a hit with ‘Independence Ska’ and played with The ...Read More »
Rex Brown, a name of royalty in the metal World with the huge rise in the 90’s of legendary band, Pantera. Joining a collective of impressive musician...
Between The Lines are set to release EP To The Wind on July 6th 2018. The EP contains two tracks titled ‘Anywhere But Here’ and ‘To ...
Amon Amarth really do not need an introduction, everyone in the metal community should know this band as well as further afield. Their sound is unique...
Diamond Days To kick things off the first support act Diamond Days really got the ball going. These lot with their modern rock vibe really got the cro...
This brutal death army has been throwing out albums left right and center since their formation in 2000. The new album is diverse and packed full of s...
Rhino’s Revenge bounce on stage and proceed to spend the next thirty minutes or so keeping us entertained with a brand of British rock packed with lyr...
London based Pink Cigar are a band to pay attention to; their energetic, upbeat tunes invigorate the listener and certainly left me on a bit of a high...
This year I have already had the pleasure of seeing this band playing live several times, but that didn’t stop me from attending one more gig to...
If you were lucky enough to catch Feed The Rhino on their fantastically billed headline tour this year, then you will be familiar with Steak Number Eight. Playing alongside the aforementioned headliners, and insanely talented youngsters Marmozets, Steak brought their intriguing mix of Sabbath inspired stoner rock and mathy riffing to confused audiences across the UK. Whilst the other bands ...Read More »
Torn flag held firm in hand a crusader reaches towards what could well be the fabled sword Excalibur in a classy comic book styled cover for Code of Silence’s debut album Dark Skies Over Babylon – it offers a suitable foretaste for the melodic metal offered aurally by this promising new rock band. Formed in Scotland by the band’s main ...Read More »
In the past I’ve mentioned that I like to write a music review by using two methods. Either make a clever word play or pun using the album title, or by using an anecdote about how I came across the band or something that makes you remember them. The latter would more than likely involve a packet of minstrels and ...Read More »
Black Star Riders; who are they? Well, it’s pretty much Thin Lizzy with a new name. They formed in 2012 from the modern touring Thin Lizzy, after the band members decided not to use their new material under the original title. The 5-piece includes Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, ‘new’ vocalist and guitarist for Thin Lizzy), Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy), Damon ...Read More »
I’m glad Skid Row are still going. They were one of the most underrated bands that came out of that famous LA metal scene. Singer Johnny Solinger has been in the band since 1999, and has really put his own stamp on the band. Along with original members Dave “Snake” Sabo, Rachel Bolan and Scotti Hill, as well as new ...Read More »
With the metal scene starting to diminish in Exeter, it was a relief to see something a bit different come this far south. With Canadian hardcore/punk crew Cancer Bats as headliners and a host of local bands as support, the show was sure to be packed out. First up, a small group from Exeter, known as Out Of Enemies. It’s ...Read More »
300 fans line-up the whole way around the corner of Readings Sub89, to get a good view of tonight’s California rockstars Pierce The Veil. Whilst queuing I text my photographer to see if he was near, and he reported he was on his way, and had overheard one fan confirm that lead singer Vic Futures smelled really nice. From here ...Read More »
Hacride is a French heavy metal band. Formed in 2001, the project now comprises of Adrien Grousset (guitar and composition), Benoist Danneville (bass) with Florent Marcadet on drums and Luiss Roux (taking over from Samuel Bourreau) on vocals. Franck Hueso is the producer and sound-engineer – and is credited with being the fifth member. Their fourth album “Back To Where ...Read More »
Circle, the new album by the melancholic metal masters AMORPHIS, takes you on a dark story of an unfortunate man, who is invited to a circle and receives strength from the old Finnish gods. We are introduced to Shades Of Gray first, which has maximum energy with roaring death vocals and opens up the albums story describing the sounds and ...Read More »