Dizzy Reed – Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy

Dizzy Reed’s obviously an amiable sort. Brought in to augment Guns ‘N Roses on keyboards, he stayed the course through thick and thin when all and sundry left leaving only the temperamental Axl Rose in charge. With friends in high places – and low – elsewhere he’s also been a busy bee, playing with many and fronting live bands too. ...

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Frozen Crown’s The Fallen King

Frozen Crown is an Italian band, from Lombardy, who only got together in 2017 and who’ve just released their debut album, The Fallen King. They’re described as being a power metal band with a toehold in melodic classic metal and, in that sense, with the structure of their music, and the occasional usage of keyboards, they’re occasionally reminiscent of Nightwish ...

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Stone Broken

Stone Broken @ Islington Assembly Halls

Taking over the Assembly Halls are the next young guns of rock and roll. A trio of bands that have put in the work to craft their sound and grow themselves the support of many, the work is starting to show and the current tour is a great showcase to really project them to higher levels. Two classy, British acts ...

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Danny Bryant – Revelation

Two years down the road since his last album, Blood Money,  there’s much to remind us of British blues guitarist Danny Bryant‘s credentials via some long stirring guitar solos on new album Revelation. It also finds him travelling down roads less travelled musically, and sometimes hitting an unexpected classic rock mother lode. Much of the record, however, is informed by the ...

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Little Caesar – Eight

Little Caesar were one of those bands who should have made it big, or that’s what I’ve read. I missed them when they first made a noise, back in the late 80s. They reformed a few years back, as bands have a habit of doing. Aside from their front man Ron Young I’m not sure how many of the old ...

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butcher babies

Butcher Babies rock the Riverside on ‘Lilith’ UK tour

Venue: Riverside, Newcastle. Support: Eyes Set To Kill, Klogr. For some odd reason, Butcher Babies divide metal fans. There are some who respect and adore this band and follow everything they do, but there are some who condemn them and say they aren’t a ‘proper’ metal band. Reasons why they subscribe to the latter ideals is somewhat a mystery. What ...

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The Dead XIII

The Dead XIII release a solid collection of tunes with a touch of the dark stuff

In a time when a lot of the more ‘mainstream’ rock and metal outfits seem to be stepping away from the darker side of their genre, it’s always refreshing when a band like the Dead XIII so unashamedly bring it right back to the borderline satanic sector in which it belongs. Lots of black, spades full of make-up, demonic screaming and ...

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New Years Day – Diary Of A Creep EP

Now, call me a psychic, but before I had even pressed upon the play button of the EP I am about to discuss, I knew what was about to come. A mixture of angelically sweet clean vocals and fury filled screams, all topped off with lots of pounding percussion and chug-a-chug guitars. How did I know? Well, this is ‘Diary Of ...

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king 810

King 810, Courtesans, Upon Those Dying @ Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff

Home town boys Upon Those Dying get things going thunderously as they lay down tar-thick riffs aplenty. Being their first time playing to a sold-out crowd of this size, the larger environment seems to suit them down to the ground as they don’t fall into the common pitfalls of your average opener. Their bludgeoning deathcore sunk in fast as waves ...

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Sevendust return with new album ‘All I See Is War’

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, via Rise Records. All I See Is War was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette who has worked with everyone it seems, from Slash to Alter Bridge to Ratt. This is also the follow to ...

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