Reviews

  • Review: Bowling for Soup – Songs that people actually liked

    Bowling for Soup have had a great career bringing us some of pop punks most memorable songs. It only seems fitting to review this first instalment of ...

  • Dreaming Awake - Friction

    Review: Dreaming Awake – Friction

    There is a big surprise waiting for you at the start of this album with its wondrous sound on sequencer that reminds me of an ebbing and flowing tide....

  • Review: Slomatics – Future Echo Returns

    If you are not a fan of slow, heavy, soul destroying doom, then just stop reading, go away now and find something light and fluffy for your weak mind!...

  • Review: Factor Hate – The Watcher (EP)

    Available in limited numbered collector editions, French heavy metal act Factor Hate have brought out a four track EP, prior to a full length album in...

  • Gus G – Letting Go

    Gus G’s ‘Letting Go’ can now be heard on rock radio and there’s also a video released featuring the track. ‘Letting Go is taken from G’s u...

  • Sawthis ‘Youniverse’

    Formed in 1997, after 16 years, in June 2009 Sothis formerly Anestesia have been forced to change their name yet again to Sawthis because an American ...

  • Theory of a Deadman Live at O2 Ritz Manchester

    Theory of a Deadman are back in the UK for the first time in a few years and tonight they kick ass. With this they have two fantastic support acts, Fo...

  • Review: Born Again – Strike it with Power

    A fantastic start to what sounds like a brilliant album. Vocally strong with real power backing them up – you could say real head banging ferocity can...

Live Review: Fozzy @ Hard Rock Hell

Stage 1 was buzzing with anticipation as Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy were taking the stage. Their unique brand of classic metal with a modern twist has been a massive hit with the metal press here, and latest album Sin and Bones has had good reviews all round. Now was the time for them to deliver in the live ...

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Live Review: Dr Feelgood @ Hard Rock Hell

Legends. Icons. Heroes. These monikers are thrown around needlessly these days, but every so often, a band comes along that truly deserves them. Dr Feelgood are one of these bands. These legendary blues rock and rollers have been going for over 40 years now, and judging from their show at Hard Rock Hell on the Sunday night, they show no ...

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Live Review: Little Caesar @ Hard Rock Hell

Little Caesar – Stage 1 – Saturday After the sterling performance by Blackfoot, the next group had a lot to live up to. Little Caesar hit the stage with a mass of energy and charisma. Their raucous, raunchy sound blared through the speakers making it near impossible not to stand up and move to the beat. The reception was warm ...

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Live Review: JettBlack @ Hard Rock Hell

With frontman Will Stapleton away on the War of the Worlds tour, many thought JettBlack may pull out of Hard Rock Hell 2012. However, they stuck to their guns and enlisted the help of Liam Lever to fill in for Will for this show. What a sterling job they did. Launching into opening number “Get Your Hands Dirty”, JettBlack showed ...

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Live Review: The Quireboys @ Hard Rock Hell

The Quireboys – Stage 1 – Saturday The Quireboys we welcomed back to Hard Rock Hell with open arms after their last performance at the festival was such a blast. Their hit songs ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ and ‘It’s 7 o’ Clock’ engaged the biggest reaction from the crowd and got everyone off their seats. Frontman Spike danced around in a ...

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Live Review: Primal Fear @ Hard Rock Hell

Primal Fear – Stage 1 –Saturday The first thing you notice about Primal Fear is that front man Ralf Scheepers has one hell of a voice. If you think of Wolf Hoffman of Accept and Rob Halford formerly of Judas Priest, then turn it up an octave you would have the deliciously ear piercing voice of Ralf. Their heavy metal ...

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Live Review: Electric Boys @ Hard Rock Hell

Electric Boys – Stage 1 – Saturday Electric Boys have a more distinct sound than some of the other bands on the main stage of Hard Rock Hell this year. Their jazzy, soul sounding guitars and rhythmic drum beats got the crowd waving their hands in the air and banging their heads. Their sound was overall very strong and tight ...

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Live Review: Serpentine @ Hard Rock Hell

Serpentine – Stage 2 – Friday If there’s one band of the weekend that impressed us more than anyone else, it was these guys. It was evident from the very beginning that this band are in it for the pure passion of it; interacting with each other and having a laugh, as well as producing a set full of technically ...

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Live Review: SOiL @ Hard Rock Hell

Taking the stage as the penultimate band of the weekend, SOiL really had to step their game due to the high calibre of performances across the whole weekend on both stages. Opening with “Break It Down”, the band show that they have still got the fire they had when they first broke through 10 years ago. Frontman Ryan McCombs was ...

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Live Review: Blackfoot @ Hard Rock Hell

Blackfoot – Stage 1 – Saturday Blackfoot was kicking off the southern rock infested night at Hard Rock Hell with their raunchy, blues fuelled sound. The band has a good collection of songs with anthemic style choruses and sing-along lyrics. The beat was heavy and the guitars were blaring, producing a sound that was very much easy to dance to ...

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