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Downes Braide Association – Skyscraper Souls

“This is a song for those who never stop believing” proclaims Chris Braide as ‘Prelude’ begins. This optimism, gilded with naivety, continues to prevail against the pitfalls of a loose narrative sketched across the musical landscape that traverses through his and Geoff Downes‘ third collaboration under their  Association nomenclature for Skyscraper Souls. From the outset this feels a continuation of ...

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Venom Prison at The Black Heart, London

Live: Venom Prison at The Black Heart, London

When you are told to take out just under two months from gigs for health reasons from your doctors, some choose to return to it lightly, others jump in the deep end. I returned to doing gigs with photographing Nails the weekend previous, nothing quite like an explosive gig such as that to get you back in the game. Is ...

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Security Project - CONTACT

Review: Security Project – CONTACT

Featuring former members of King Crimson, post-punk band Shriekback  and Jerry Marotta, who played drums on Peter Gabriel’s first five solo albums, Security Project have returned with a new vocalist and another collection of live tracks. Taken from recent shows in the US and Japan, the album largely features reworkings of Peter Gabriel’s seminal early solo material, with the exception ...

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Airborne

A night of intense no frills rock ‘n roll with Airbourne, Phil Campbell and The Wild.

The queue at the Roundhouse started quite early with hundreds of fans ready to get their rock ‘n roll dose. This eventful evening starts around 7.30 pm with The Wild, a brilliant Canadian band I have never had the pleasure to listen to or see live before. And what a great energy! From the very first moment they get on ...

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HRH Awards

Review: The First Annual Hard Rock Hell Awards

Glitz, blitz, glamour and more kilts than an SNP convention, tonight marks the very first Hard Rock Hell Annual Awards ceremony in all its glory. After 10 years of building the HRH empire, this seems to be the next logical step for the monsters of rock. Rubbing shoulders with rock’s finest with fully unrestrained access to industrial levels of alcohol, ...

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STEVE AND VIRGIL HOWE - Nexus

Review: STEVE AND VIRGIL HOWE – Nexus

Even before listening to this album, there’s a tinge of sadness involved because, soon after the album was completed, Virgil Howe, son of Yes guitar legend Steve Howe, died on September 11th, aged only 41, from an as of yet unexplained cause. As well as the new album with his father, Virgil Howe was due to begin a nationwide tour ...

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STORMBRINGER - Born a dying breed

Review: STORMBRINGER – Born a Dying Breed

Stormbringer are a band from Northants who’ve been making waves at gigs for a few years and building a name for themselves in the process. Their 2013 debut album, MMX111, was a mix of classic rock and heavy metal with a contemporary edge, which brought the band to the attention of fans. Since then, they’ve played at prestigious gigs such ...

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marillion

MARILLION very much at the top of their game | London Palladium

Marillion are now almost certainly the Grateful Dead of the prog world, in that they play lots of people around the world, but largely the same people. Asked by Steve Hoggarth how many in the packed Palladium audience were at the band’s recent Albert Hall gig, the majority responded in the affirmative. Given there was also a sizeable number who’d ...

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Broken Witt Rebels - Debut Album

Review: Broken Witt Rebels – Debut Album

The darlings of a certain UK ‘Classic’ Rock station release their eponymous debut album, Broken Witt Rebels in late November. This 10-track CD combines the six songs from the Birmingham band’s two most recent EPs – Howlin‘ and Georgia Pine – with four brand new numbers. Their sound is soaked in heavy blues mixed with a dash of Americana, so it’s worth ...

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Rise Against

Live: Rise Against, Manchester Apollo

Some may argue that punk rock in recent years has become stagnant and lost all of the edge it once had, however, bands like Rise Against still exist. Sleeping With Sirens acted as direct support and while from a musical standpoint they fit in with Rise Against it was clear that the audience was divided, with many just tolerating them ...

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