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ash wilson - broken machine

Ash Wilson – Broken Machine

Featuring members of King King and Chaka Khan’s band, alongside his brother Phil producing, co-writing and playing drums, on this his debut album, Ash Wilson mixes rock, blues and pop in a manner that while mainstream friendly packs a solid punch. Fuzzed feedback notes stir over a chugging chain-gang rhythm  for the blues rock ‘Show Me How To Love You’ ...

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Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Jethro Tull – The String Quartets

Featuring the songs of Jethro Tull as written by band leader Ian Anderson, largely orchestrated and re-arranged by keyboard player John O’Hara (also of Tull and Anderson’s solo band) and chiefly featuring The Carducci Quartet as musicans, Jethro Tull – The String Quartets proves an interesting reinterpretation of songs that known by millions around the world, a number of them ...

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Diet Cig — Swear I'm Good At This

Review: Diet Cig — Swear I’m Good At This

The New York pop-punk duo DIET CIG have announced their debut album Swear I’m Good At This will be released via Frenchkiss Records on April 7th. Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman have been playing together for three years and are already widely known for their snappy live shows. If 1975 Blondie had just comprised of just Debbie & Clem they might ...

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Evil Scarecrow

HRH Hammerfest 2017: Saturday Highlights

All good things must come to an end, and this mindset hangs heavy in the air of the final day of Hammerfest 2017. As bleak as it feels, it’s not going to dampen any spirits, as roaring hordes of horn-throwing metal fans are racing to kick-start the glorious finale. Opening the ‘Young Blood’ portion of the festival is the Birmingham ...

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Carousel Kings – Charm City

Review: Carousel Kings – Charm City

Infectiousness runs clear on the new record Charm City from Carousel Kings, with hooks and punchy lyrics pushing the album into rock territory. The band don’t shy away from exploiting their thoughts of chaos and pain either, as they point their fingers at the sky, wondering if it’s going to fall. The guitars and rush of adrenaline merge brilliantly, the arrangements ...

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Krysthla - Peace in Our Time

Review: Krysthla – Peace in Our Time

High speed djent inspired riffs. Byzantine inspired guitar solos. Expertly executed growls and screams that can get you screaming along like your life depends on it atop angular and unforeseeable turns of pace. And that’s just the opening track, ‘The Minor Mystery of Death’. Krysthla have outdone themselves with their second album; it’s rare to find a band this fully ...

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Napalm Death

HRH United Hammerfest 2017 Friday Highlights

There’s a lot of tired and hungover people lumbering around this morning as Hammerfest’s attendees wander to the arenas to open up the first full day of the festival’s ninth instalment. Despite the alcohol induced hindrance, there’s a sizeable swathe of metalheads making their way to the second stage to see something very exciting indeed. Desert Storm open up proceedings inexpert ...

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The Raven Age - Darkness Will Rise

Review: The Raven Age – Darkness Will Rise

Formed in 2009 The Raven Age are an English melodic metal band from London. The Raven Age’s Darkness Will Rise is thirteen songs long and is their debut album following their 2014 self-titled EP. Guitarist George Harris is the son of Iron Maiden’s bassist Steve Harris, which you can definitely hear small parts of through the riffs in the album, however it seems that there ...

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Frank carter

Live: Frank Carter – Modern Ruin Tour

Exeter Phoenix, 27th March 2017. Opening the show with ‘Snake Eyes’ Frank Carter burst on stage with an explosion of energy and passion to a sold out venue of yearning fans. His pure power and emotion for his music and his performance came through the entirety of the show, there was never a dull moment. This was shown through his normal crowd surfing, walking ...

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Lita Ford

Lita Ford’s comeback, even better than we could expect.

English-born American rock guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways in the late 70’s before embarking on a solo career in the 80’s, has finally paid us a visit in the UK for a brief tour. After nearly 30 years since she last visited the country of her birth, she’s now back and ready to ...

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