Reviews

Teenage Bottlerocket - Stealing The Covers

Review: Teenage Bottlerocket – Stealing The Covers

Stealing The Covers is a covers album with a difference. Rather than picking songs then they are never going to better, Teenage Bottlerocket have gone back through their career and grabbed tracks from the countless bands they’ve toured with and which your standard fan probably hasn’t even heard of. It leads to a weird situation where you could put this ...

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Prong

Live: Prong, Spoil Engine and Nomad – Manchester Rebellion

Mere months after their previous appearance as support for Exodus and Obituary, Prong return to Manchester only a week before the release of their brand new album, Zero Days, joining them were Nomad and Spoil Engine. Manchester based Sludge Metal band Nomad opened their only appearance on the Prong tour and make great use of what little time they have ...

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War Gods Of The Deep - Monsters, Magic & Mayhem

War Gods Of The Deep – Monsters, Magic & Mayhem

Not to be confused with the early 60s horror movie based on an Edgar Allan Poe poem though that’s possibly where the name came from, War Gods of The Deep may not even be a band just one guy. Both their/his website and Facebook site are purposely obscure. However, should music sounding like Metallica brats weaned on Kiss who still ...

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Robin Trower by Laurence Harvey

Robin Trower – Time And Emotion

Recent years have seen a series of blues-orientated albums being released in a rather rapid succession from Robin Trower. It’s not as if the legendary guitarist has anything to prove, but if he’s prepared to serve up master classes in guitar virtuosity it’s worth my while sitting back and having a good listen. Time And Emotion isn’t necessarily just more ...

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in this moment ritual

Review: In This Moment – Ritual

Let’s get this out the way. This review does not include the cliche comparison of Maria Brink to ‘a metal Lady Gaga’. For a start, that is just lazy journalism. Secondly, In This Moment are much more than a quirky stage show with an attractive singer. It’s true the genre-spanning metal-ists from LA never do anything by half. You can ...

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decapitated anticult

Review: Decapitated – Anticult

Decapitated are a band that since the very beginning have been sat on the throne of technical death metal. Their musical ability on the debut ‘Winds of Creation’ instantly had them deservedly make a name for themselves, even now, hearing that album blows minds, their creativity was miles ahead of its time. Even more impressive though, is that they were all ...

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Best Ex - Ice Cream Anti Social

Review: Best Ex – Ice Cream Anti Social

Formerly known as Candy Hearts, Best Ex is the new project from Mariel Loveland. Except it’s not really a new project but more of a spiritual re-branding as they’ll continue to play Candy Hearts material. Whatever you call it, they’ve dropped their first EP, Ice Cream Anti Social, which sees them move away from bubblegum pop punk and into straight up pop ...

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Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes

Six bands that absolutely smashed 2000Trees 2017

2000Trees is, without doubt, a community. To use the cliché, like-minded music fans assemble in the Cotswolds countryside every year to see their favourite underground artists and discover some new bands to add to their Spotify playlists and vinyl collections. In the usual festival circles, there was some debate regarding this year’s headline choices – but however you felt about ...

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Joe Bonamassa Carnegie show photo by Christie Goodwin

Joe Bonamassa – Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

In January 2016 Grammy nominated blues rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa packed his platinum selling albums away and headed off to Carnegie Hall where he intended to put in two nights playing an especially rearranged acoustic set of songs. There with a cast of musicians, roughly half of whom he’d not played alongside before and rehearsals taking place only just prior ...

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Jack The Envious

Review: Jack The Envious – In Your Own Way

Jack The Envious are something of a breath of fresh air. The London based quartet offer catchy hooks, punk like musicianship and memorable lyrics that all combine for a shot of emo punk adrenaline, conjuring up memories of the early days of My Chemical Romance. In Your Own Way is the band’s second EP in as many years and expands ...

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