Probably the most underrated band in the world, Testament hit the stage at Hard Rock Hell on the Saturday evening and proceeded to utterly tear the place apart with their high octane thrash metal. Opening song “Rise Up”, with its amazing main riff and stunning guitar work really brought the festival to life. The band’s enigmatic frontman Chuck Billy was ...Read More »
While the lyrics and vocals on the new Dr. Awkward & The Screws album, Gettin’ Out of Style have their moments, what really steals the spotlight o...
If you are ever in the unfortunate situation of walking through the dessert, a shimmering on the horizon ahead of you and miles of heat struck wastela...
London outfit Wren have finally released upon the Earth their debut full length release ‘Auburn Rule’. At just five tracks long, the post-metal/sludge...
It’s been sixteen years since Goatwhore reared its menacing head from the swamplands of New Orleans, Louisiana — a city rife with urban tales of...
Shepherd’s Bush Empire is filled with a sense of anticipation, two outstanding bands are about to rock this venue. Michael Monroe, the Finnish m...
So, the drugs kick in like this: I’m picturing ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons trucking on down, practising laying out p-funk chords on his way to audition for...
Venue: Think Tank? Newcastle. Support: Skarlett Riot Yeah, I know what you are thinking. We have covered Sumo Cyco live many, many times. We have also...
Trying to get into someone like King Diamond for the first time can be difficult. With twelve albums under his belt, the former Mercyful Fate man is a...
If you’re looking for a band with sleaze, blues and attitude, then The Dogs D’Amour are the band for you. They took the stage at Hard Rock Hell on the Friday evening to an expectant crowd, who were waiting for their heroes to perform. The band were indeed filled with sleaze and blues and attitude, however something seemed to be ...Read More »
Southern rock may be led by bands like Black Stone Cherry these days, however along with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet started it all. This legendary band were a wonderful addition to the bill, and always deliver live. This night was no exception. The synchronicity between the members of the band was just simply amazing. The way they moved around the ...Read More »
One of the most original bands around today, Breed 77 took the stage at Hard Rock Hell on the Sunday afternoon with a serious point to prove. They experienced a peak in popularity in 2004 with their seminal record “Cultura”, and it looks as if their 2013 release “The Evil Inside” is just as highly anticipated. Taking the stage with ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »