Reviews

BARSHASKETH & OUTRE - Sein / Zeit

Sein/Zeit is anything but run-of-the-mill black metal by Barshasketh and Outre

Having the excellent Scottish black metal combo Barshasketh team up with Poland’s sinister and experimental outfit Outre is a brilliant move. We are talking about two strong musical entities who have both perfected their own sound and style of otherworldly black metal by means of great releases that ooze quality and class. Both bands possess the ability to transport the ...

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TARJA .. From spirits and ghosts

TARJA – From spirits and ghosts (score for a dark xmas)

Since leaving Nightwish under a cloud in 2005, an event which even saw the Finnish Prime Minister being asked his opinion about it, Tarja Soile Susanna-Turunen Cabui (Tarja to her fans!) has operated largely as a solo artist. On this her latest album, she’s come up with her own fascinating and intriguing take on some very traditional Xmas tunes. There’re ...

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BROWN ACID - The Fifth Trip

BROWN ACID – The Fifth Trip

Another release from the always reliable Brown Acid series, ten more slices of the weird, the wonderful and the occasionally quirky. If the digital revolution has done only one good thing, it’s helped make accessible many previously unheard of bands who’re now finally getting to see their music made available to a wider audience, rather than simply be the preserve of ...

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Fozzy

Live: Fozzy and Hardcore Superstar, Manchester Academy

At one point wrestlers trying to branch out into other mediums was met with derision and little success for the most part but one of the most notable exceptions is Chris Jericho with his band, Fozzy; a hard rock outfit heavily influenced by 80’s heavy metal bands, joining them on a co-headline tour was Swedish hair metal revival outfit, Hardcore Superstar. ...

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cro mags

Cro-Mags Destroy The Camden Underworld In a Triumphant Return To The UK

It has been a while since legendary NYHC crew Cro-Mags have performed in London. Only having done one-off appearances here and there (most notably at Outbreak Festival in Leeds this year) over the course of time in the UK, this is the first time that Cro-Mags have played London in what seems like forever – and yours truly was beyond ...

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Nails

Nails Unleash Sheer Hellfire and Fury in Camden Town!

The past year has been pretty mad for Nails. With a sudden ‘hiatus’ if you please, which left them cancelling their 2016 Euro tour and a radio silence that left a fan base in the dark without any answers as to what was going on, it left a lot of people wondering what the future of the band could indicate. So ...

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WASP

Live: WASP, University of East Anglia

Some things are reassuringly familiar, and WASP are one of them. Fads have come and gone but Blackie Lawless and his ever-changing entourage have stuck to their tried-and-tested heavy metal formula for 35 years. You know what you’re going to get when they roll into town – usually, anyway. But this tour is a little different, as we get a ...

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The infernal Sea - Agents of Satan

The Infernal Sea – Agents of Satan

It’s safe to say that The Infernal Sea in their years have caused a stir, forming less than a decade ago, they have made a name for themselves with their unique stage presence and black metal style. After their original full length release ‘Call of the Augur’ and following three EP releases, ‘The Crypt Sessions’, a split with Disinterred, and ...

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KANSAS - Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Review: KANSAS – Leftoverture Live & Beyond

Kansas made their name as one of the mainstays of the 70’s and 80’s AOR genre, alongside bands like REO Speedwagon and Foreigner. They’re classed as a classic rock band but the music they play is far too complex for such a description, as the music on this album stands testament. Largely unknown in the UK outside of the rock ...

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Michael Crimson - Weeping Window

Review: Michael Crimson – Medusa

Medusa is a new release by Swedish born Michael Crimson. He is a new name to me and his website assures us he is “a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who makes mind-bending music shaped by everyday life, literature and his own imagination. Inspired by elements of classic rock, glam and pop, he tells character-driven stories through powerhouse guitar passages and ...

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