Reviews

  • Blackberry Smoke

    Blackberry Smoke play to their strengths on Find A Light  

    Blackberry Smoke are a southern rock/country rock band and seen by many as the spiritual heirs to the southern heritage of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Blac...

  • Review: Night By Night – NxN

    Featuring a member of the Sisters of Mercy and a former vocalist from Voodoo Six, such a résumé may lead the reader to presume Night By Night are ones...

  • Jetboy

    Jetboy were Born To Fly

    Founded in 1983, Jetboy first came to my attention with the brilliant and rocked up version of the Johnny Cash tune ‘Folsom Prison Blues’....

  • JJ Grey & Mofro – This River

    JJ Grey & Mofro from Jacksonville, Florida (formerly billed just as ‘Mofro’) can trace their history back to the late 1990’s – trying to gra...

  • Review: Koshiro – Crown of Venom

    This happens to be Metalcore with a very big difference as it is not all frenzy and aggression. In fact the opening track ‘Green and Gold’ can boast a...

  • A Tale of Two Cities ‘New Horizons’ EP Review

    Words cannot describe ‘New Horizons’ – the latest EP from A Tale of Two Cities. It has phenomenal guitar harmonies that flow over poetic vocals ...

  • Bast – Nanoangstrom

    Slow and heavy, Bast are a band that have entered their tenth year of existence this year and through that time, they have crafted themselves a name w...

  • Review: Todesstoss – Hirngemeer

    Founded in 2000. Todesstoss translated into English means Deathblow. Ever wondered just what you walked into? Ever questioned what your eyes see and y...

In Flames

In Flames, Norma Jean, Light The Torch at Manchester o2 Ritz

Before the first band came on the venue was packed with fans and the atmosphere was infectious. We were in for a night of mosh pits, crowd surfers and head banging, as In Flames, Norma Jean and Light The Torch took over the O2 Ritz in Manchester. The lights dimmed and the crowd were screaming, everyone’s on their feet including the upper floor ...

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The Xcerts

The Xcerts at The Garage, London

With a supporting tour, a headlining tour, and dates in between, The Xcerts have not only kept themselves busy, but everyone else involved, including the fans. Tonight, they’re headlining tour reaches The Garage in London, and it’s obvious that the dedicated fans have gathered. But no fan looks alike. These days, it’s rare to see the older and younger generation ...

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Skarlett Riot and Sertraline give a boundary-breaking performance in Newcastle

Venue: Head Of Steam Even though the UK is no doubt going through some very challenging times politically and socially in 2019 – we are also known for our ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ attitude, and looking at the bigger picture positively. Especially in the live music scene. One great thing about this country in 2019 is the thriving rock ...

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Hands Off Gretel may have an album of the year contender with ‘I Want The World’

If you have never listened to Hands Off Gretel – you need to start now. Start with this record. No kidding. Let me explain… Hands Off Gretel were a bunch of grunge-loving guys and girls in Yorkshire in 2015 and decided to form a band making music you just don’t hear anymore. Fronted by songwriter Lauren Tate, with a clear ...

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Periphery

Periphery’s IV Hail Stan pushes the boundaries of progressive alternative metal

The latest iteration from Periphery’s numerical albums offers up nine new tracks for it’s forth chapter, Hail Stan. This sixth studio album by the quintet offers an eclectic range of emotions, energy and styles, truly pushing the boundaries of progressive alternative metal. Opening with the nearly seventeen minute roller coaster that is ‘Reptile’, we find a mix of aggressive djent ...

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Seon | Photos by Ashley Crowson

Soen leave an impressive and unforgettable impression on the O2 Islington

Sometimes going to a gig without any prior knowledge or listening to the bands can be a fine line between fantastic and dreadful. You can come away feeling completely euphoric and blown away, or the polar opposite, and get more annoyed the more you dwell on the time and money wasted. Rarely do you find any medium between. With Soen, ...

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Perturbator

Perturbator and Dan Terminus bring dark synthwave to Manchester Academy 2

Tonight as the venue transforms into something majestic and futuristic we venture deep into the electronic universe, and we discover unique artists in the synth electronica genre. I originally discovered this style of music by venturing into gaming soundtracks and then stumbled into this wonderful spectrum of music, I really do feel its ahead of its time! When I first ...

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LAGUNS

LA Guns – The Devil You Know

Just over a year ago from LA Guns released their comeback album,  The Missing Peace. It was a decent stab at past glories, and it’s no surprise that a number of the songs from that album are played live. Their quick-fire delivery of follow-up, The Devil You Know, was eagerly anticipated by those who remember this mob as being among the leading players of ...

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Cities of Mars

Take A Trip With Cities Of Mars And Visit The Horologist

Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, self-professed fuzzed-out sci-fi, doom trio, Cities of Mars hit the scene around 2015, ready to fully lean into the conceptual space of stoner doom. With their two debut singles launching their tale of a Soviet agent landing on Mars covertly in 1971 and discovering a buried civilization. The following Celestial Mistress EP continued to flesh out the interplanetary ...

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Crown of Autumn

Crown of Autumn return with Byzantine Horizons

Italy’s Crown of Autumn have been on the scene since 1996 and have been fine-tuning their sound ever since. Despite their lengthy existence, the band has only three full-length albums to their name with a fourteen-year gap between their debut and second outing. With this in mind, it’s clear that Crown of Autumn release music in a very deliberate fashion. ...

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