Swedish AOR act Houston debuted to general acclaim as a duo featuring Hank Erix on vocals and Freddie Allen drums back in 2010. Producer and keyboard player Rick Delin has now officially joined their number for their aptly named follow-up released on Livewire/Cargo Records and additional personnel have been pulled in to play additional keyboards, guitars and bass, and practically ...Read More »
We were very fortunate to have access to this years Brutal Assault Festival which is considered one of the best for the extreme metal scene in Europe....
When a band such as Anti-Flag come such a huge milestone in their musical careers – a retrospective of 20 years work, can give the fans and the ...
Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician Tuomas Holopainen is most famous as the keyboardist with ‘Nightwish‘. Holopainen has ba...
As I stroll up New Street, avoiding transfixed shoppers perusing stalls at Birmingham’s German Christmas Market here in the rain, I’m reminded of the ...
The first track is a bit of a dirge truth be known. It ambles, although be it in a slightly melodic vein with a gathering of sampled incoherent voices...
With all original members, alt-rockers Sevendust are back with their twelfth studio album All I See Is War. The record is set for release on May 11th,...
We were lucky to see the Screaming Eagles at the Hard Rock Hell ‘Highway To Hell’ contest in Glasgow last year. Not surprisingly, this roc...
What better way to spend a sunny Tuesday evening in the capital city of Norway, i.e. Oslo, than with two of the best and most legendary metal outfits ...
Sinister Realm was formed in the summer of 2008 by former Pale Divine band- mates John Gaffney and Darin McCloskey. With a desire to capture the feel and spirit of some of their early musical influences they set out to create music that would harken back to the classic sounds of early Ozzy and Dio fronted Black Sabbath. As things ...Read More »
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 Black Metal band has now obtained exclusive rights to the name. The guitarist Andrea Giordano has now left Sawthis due to musical differences and has been replaced by Janos Murri, who has long-standing experience. ...Read More »
CB6 started in primary school at the tender age of 11, at this time nu metal was very popular and they were listening to the likes of Metallica, Nirvana, Slipknot Mudvayne and Limp Bizkit. They started playing youth clubs weekly in Southend when they were only 13 by this time they had listened to lots of Pantera, Faith no More ...Read More »
A gentle piano refrain plays wistfully across Starlings over Brighton Pier the first single from Bell XI’s latest album Chop Chop, as in comes a rooted bass line accompanying brushed drums over which Paul Noonan’s vocals casually question the gathering of birds into a single formation and their subsequent decision to take a new direction; offering as it does a ...Read More »
Eight years after their second most recent studio album, and to the pleasure of many loving fans, Extol are back with a brand new self titled album. This eponymous release see’s a new formation of the line up, this time with Peter Espevoll on vocals, David Husvik on drums with additional vocals, guitars and bass guitar taken care of by ...Read More »
Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales on Helseker Farm estate, this years near to capacity Beacons Festival was due to be a fun filled weekend of debauched rocking out fueled by copious amounts of fruit based cider and the occasional pie and mash. Arriving on Friday lunchtime first impressions were of it’s intimacy and uniqueness. It’s a ...Read More »
The Aristocrats, an instrumental jazz fusion/ rock power trio of high profile musicians Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums), released their sophomore studio album ‘Culture Clash’ on July 16 via BOING! music. Their self-titled debut received a tremendous amount of accolades and it proved to be irresistibly appealing to aficionados of guitar-driven instrumentals (think Satriani, Holdsworth) ...Read More »
The problem with a study of the Beach Boys is that their career has been so long – their production has been so prolific, and their legacy and achievements were so remarkable – that their story is not an easy task to tell. It is just way too big. And we all have a little piece of that incredible story ...Read More »
Enriched by a multitude of metal bands, the UK has a source of listening material across a wide range, for all tastes. However what it lacks to a degree is characters, this is where The Defiled fill the void. The Golden God’s, Best New Band winners have made a massive impact on the metal scene, especially around their 2011 album ...Read More »