Reviews

Gary Numan @ Sub 89, Reading

Seeing Gary Numan in a venue this small really is a barrage on the senses.  The lighting rig used tonight is the same one used in venues three times the size and while impressive when you are stood at the front, its somewhat intimidating at the same time. Moving further back and you see the full picture.  Or rather don’t.  ...

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’15 DIE A DAY’ HEAVY ROCK N METAL ALL-DAYER IN AID OF MAG

Whoever says that the metal music scene is dead in Cardiff need to stop applying their eyeliner and take a minute to go and support the huge amount of local talent around the south Wales area, who regularly play Cardiff! One event that brought a handful of these bands together was the ’15 Die A Day’ all-dayer which took place ...

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Gallows ‘Gallows’ Album Review

There’s quite a lot at stake for the self-titled third album from Gallows. This is of course their first full release since the departure of original lead singer Frank Carter. Replacing him is Wade MacNeil, who you may have heard from being part of a little band called Alexisonfire. The loss of a lead singer is a huge game-changer for ...

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House VS Hurricane ‘Crooked Teeth’ Track Review

After a short absence and line up reshuffle, the Australian powerhouse that is House VS Hurricane is back, and their timing couldn’t be better. With the metalcore genre becoming pretty over-populated, it was about time to give it a fresh new look. Tight harmonic guitar solos, over roaring vocals and catchy choruses might all sound pretty familiar, but you forget ...

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Motorhead ‘The Complete Early Years’ Boxset Review

If you have a conversation with a hardcore fan of any band in the world, 99% of them will most likely come out with the answer “their early material is better.” With Motorhead, who are the band that started speed metal and are fronted by the often-imitated-never-beaten legend that is Lemmy Kilmister. Their early material contains some of the songs ...

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Cold In Berlin ‘…And Yet’ Album Review

Punk and Goth. Not your everyday combination nevertheless the direction that London based 4-peice Cold in Berlin have taken in their stride across today’s metal scene. Their well received debut album Give Me Walls was immensely well received,  and it even gained Artrocker’s Album of the Month for December of 2010. On the success of Give Me Walls, Cold in ...

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The Darkness ‘Hot Cakes’ Review

10 years ago it seemed like rock was dead: nu-metal was getting more cringe-worthy by the second and Nickleback had a hit single in the UK top 10. All hope was lost until 2003 a glimmer of hope for the Hard Rock scene… … A band whose front man was wearing striped spandex jumpsuits supporting the likes of Def Leppard ...

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New Riot ‘Raising the Stakes’ Album Review

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing New Riot’s single release Live Fast, Die Young, which in my mind was a triumph in terms of the great balance the single had between Pop Punk mixed with top notch and very well thought out Brass riffs. The song was very anthemic in terms of excellent uplifting sounds coupled ...

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Dew Scented – “Icarus” review

This has been a damn hard review to write. There is nothing particularly wrong with this album. It is a perfectly polished, tightly put together piece of thrash, bordering slightly into death metal. It gets off to a brilliantly heavy start, and mostly keeps that up for the entire album. You can’t fault technicality here, it’s a well put together ...

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Reel Big Fish “Candy Coated Fury” Review

When you see the name Reel Big Fish, you’re going to think of high quality, mad and eventful gigs full of bright colours punctuated with the horns of ska. Either that, or you going to be confused. What is this fish, and indeed how big is it? For just over twenty years, Reel Big Fish have been soldiering on. Candy ...

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