Reviews

Scorpions

Stone Free Festival: A rocking Saturday headlined by Buckcherry, Megadeth and Scorpions. 

Attending Stone Free Festival for the second year in a row, after the successful lineup of 2016, which saw Alice Cooper closing the night in style while delivering his amazing carnival of rock ‘n roll. The venue stays the same, every year this festival takes over the whole O2 complex for the weekend with the bonus of not having to deal with ...

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Download 2018: Sunday Highlights

The last day of Download is usually the best, and the worst. Best – for obvious reasons. Like a great meal, the best is saved until last. We have a star-studded finale to what was a great weekend and will go down as one of the biggest Downloads ever. The worst? Simply for the reason that the festival is drawing ...

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Download 2018: Saturday Highlights

Friday was somewhat full of surprises: an unlikely headliner, astonishing highlights, and satisfying breakthroughs. Saturday looks like the typical ‘classic rock’ day. Where some may argue the ‘classic’ flavour of rock n roll is making a comeback (hence the strange ‘NWOBCR’ label) whereas others (including myself) would contend it never….ever…went away. Also – as a lot of the bands will ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT

Devin Townsend Project – Ocean Machine – Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv

When Devin Townsend stepped onto the stage in the quite spectacular setting of the Ancient Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to perform the album Ocean Machine, plus other tracks from his long and varied career, it was the culmination of a dream he’d been nursing for the better part of twenty years. As he said it ‘signifies the end of one era ...

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blanket ‘How To Let Go’ is out now via Music For Nations

Labelling themselves as a cinematic rock band, Blackpool’s blanket (always a lower case ‘b’ apparently) release their debut, full-length album entitled How To Let Go. They’ve been together since 2016 and have a previous EP to their name but, now signed to a major record label (Music For Nations) they should gain more exposure. The band is Bobby Pook guitar/keys/vocalist, ...

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Hell's Gazelles

Hell’s Gazelles set to release Take Your Medicine EP

Oxford’s Hell’s Gazelles are a bombastic ‘n’ hard-working troupe of balls-to-the-walls rockers consisting of vocalist Cole Bryant with Nath Digman on guitar, Rik Ridemark on bass and Luke Evans on drums. Sometimes they can be cerebral, sometimes quite ferocious… but they are always tremendously exciting. They’ve banged their riff-tickling little hearts out at live events such as Bloodstock, Breaking Bands ...

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Judas Priest

Heavy Metal Bliss in Norway: Judas Priest & Megadeth at the Oslo Spektrum

What better way to spend a sunny Tuesday evening in the capital city of Norway, i.e. Oslo, than with two of the best and most legendary metal outfits of all time? I am of course referring to US thrash metal stalwarts Megadeth and the British gods of metal that are Judas Priest, two bands who in large part have shaped ...

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Jack Bruce Sunshine Of Your Love Tribute Screening

On the 14th May 2018, Jack Bruce would have been 75. As it was family, friends and fans gathered in London that evening to celebrate the man and his music. One of the world’s greatest bass players, his influences extended from folk to world music and all points in between, though he will always remembered foremost as part of the ...

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Avenged Sevenfold

Download 2018: Friday Highlights

Over for another year. This week is like the ‘boxing day’ of Download: everything’s done, everyone’s recovering, and another year to go. Fifteen years since Download was launched, is it still exciting as it was back in 2003? Will it go down in history like it’s spiritual predecessor Monsters Of Rock? Or will it be like that Christmas you got ...

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Phandrom

Phandrom – Victims of the Sea

Norway’s Phandrom are firmly rooted in the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal of the 70’s and 80’s, spiced up, so they say, with traces of Baroque music, opera and raw elements of jazz. Leader and guitar player, Hallgeir Pedersen, co-founded Phandrom along with drummer Bjørn Ivar Aslaksen, bass player Odd Erling Simensen and vocalist Terje Storvig. Their 6-track album, Victim of ...

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