Reviews

Steve Hackett: Wuthering Nights – Live In Birmingham

Steve Hackett has performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall a fair few times now. From my experience, he always makes a point of saying how much he enjoys performing at the place. Not surprising since it was specifically designed acoustically to suit orchestras, rock bands and solo performers alike and gives both them and audiences a clarity of sound rarely found ...

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Black Country Communion – Wolverhampton Civic Hall, January 2nd 2018

I can trace my Black Country roots back to the 15th century. It’s not so much in pride as defence I declare this to a woman from West Bromwich who’s got a thing against “Brummies”.  In fact it’s incredibly territorial in Wolverhampton tonight, there’s a tall bloke proclaiming loudly: “He’s one of us and comes from Cannock!” That Glenn Hughes ...

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A night of pop punk nostalgia hits Brixton as Good Charlotte give one hell of a performance.

You would imagine a gig like this would be full of little kids thinking pop-punk and emo music wasn’t just a phase and that it’s not over yet. But surprisingly enough tonight Brixton seems to be full of mid-20-year-olds and old-school fans, like me, who have grown up with bands like Good Charlotte, spending most of our teenage years listening to ...

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VENOM – Assault

Venom’s Assault! is catchy and lethal black metal at its finest!

The legendary black metal pioneers Venom who hail from the very fine city that is Newcastle released a number of live EPs in a series entitled Assault way back in 1985-1987, but whereas three official releases saw the light of day in the aforementioned series, three unofficial ones also found their way onto the market. Finally, an authorized Venom release ...

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Kayak Seventeen

Seventeen, an album with the sort of quality music KAYAK have long been associated with

Kayak are a pop / symphonic / prog band from Holland who, in one form or another, have been in existence since 1972, with the occasional year or few absences in-between their albums. However, despite the band not being as active as it once was and the frequent changes to their line-ups, nonetheless, they’ve been able to attract and maintain ...

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Sonic Prophecy Savage Gods

Savage Gods is the third album from Utah’s Sonic Prophecy

Savage Gods is the third album from Utah’s Sonic Prophecy, following on from 2015’s Apocalyptic Promenade. The band got together in 2008, right from the outset the band claimed they wanted to “capture a sound that’s not been found in any other band from their native Utah”. Despite few changes to their line-up along the way, this remains the bands ...

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Magick Touch Blades, Chains, Whips & Fire

Magick Touch release a good, honest, basic rock album!

Magick Touch are a three-piece power rock trio from Norway. Their new album Blades, Chains, Whips and Fire builds upon, their debut album of two years back, Electrick Sorcery, which went some way in introducing the band to the rock fraternity. Certainly, rock fans of a certain age will have no difficulty identifying the source of the band’s influences. Magick Touch ...

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American Glutton – Dish Served Cold

The North American continent is so long and wide you can be popular locally in a way undreamt of in the UK or Europe.  Thus out of Jackson, Florida comes American Glutton a hard rock/ heavy metal band featuring three veteran performers: Raven Cain, a solo artist in his own right as the group’s vocalist, Tommy Harrison, guitarist for Denver rock ...

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Five Finger Death Punch Wembley

Five Finger Death Punch + In Flames | London

Ending our 2017, absolutely and quite frankly gloriously we head to Wembley Arena to see Five Finger Death Punch on their co-headline tour with In Flames, supported by Of Mice & Men. In Flames start with a familiar opening, ‘Drained’ the first track off their latest album, Battles. They take us back and forth through nostalgic teen-metal-hood going back to 2004’s ...

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GHOST, Ceremony And Devotion

GHOST – Ceremony And Devotion; a barrage of fan favourite after fan favourite

For Swedish occult rockers Ghost they end 2017 with a rather nice surprise for their fans in the form of Ceremony And Devotion. Being their first live album recorded in San Francisco during their North American Popestar Tour, it pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin with little complaint from us. Word of warning for those who are ...

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