Reviews

The Bronx - V

Review: The Bronx – V

When The Bronx released their first album in 2003, it was an unhinged slab of genius. Five albums later and few punk bands can lay claim to being half as consistent as this one. Even when they piss off for a few years to make Mariachi music they are brilliant, and a new album from them is like comfort food ...

Read More »
Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Review: Alice Cooper – Paranormal

It has been a while since legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper last blessed us with an album, but let it be known that the 6-year gap between this latest effort of his entitled Paranormal and its predecessor, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, has been worth it. Paranormal contains some of the strongest, most thought-provoking, and explosive song material by the legend ...

Read More »
Black Cat Bones - Down to the River

Review: Black Cat Bones – Down to the River

Strange how things happen isn’t it? In two days exactly it will be four years ago to the day that I saw Black Cat Bones for the second time at the Zanzifest, the first time was at Metal goes Mental in July 2013 also at the Zanzibar in Liverpool. Both times the band made their mark and how with their Southern ...

Read More »
Der Weg Einer - Freiheit Finnisterre

Review: Der Weg Einer – Freiheit Finnisterre

Oh the awesome German accent comes from the speakers along with a strange doomy sound and then simply explodes into a head decapitating savagery! Living up to its title ‘Departure’ or if you prefer ‘Aufbruch’ – but you can’t go anywhere until you have been completely mauled by the typically insane screech and out of this world musical composition that will ...

Read More »
Arch Enemy at Bloodstock 2017

Bloodstock – a metal family reunion? 2017 festival highlights

Since the inaugural Bloodstock in 2001, there has been a sense of community  among fans of the Midlands festivals. In a way – it’s similar to it’s biggest adversary Download, with the difference being: this is one big METAL family. There are bands here who wouldn’t go down the same way they would at Donington Park. Which most see as ...

Read More »
Eshtadur - Mother Gray

Review: Eshtadur – Mother Gray

Columbia may not be very high on many people’s lists of countries that release a serious melodic death metal album but Eshtadur are once again doing exactly that. Having been around for over a decade the band have had a while to hone their craft and it is evident on this album that they have spent that time wisely… for ...

Read More »
Rex Brown

Review: Rex Brown – Smoke On This…

Rex Brown, a name of royalty in the metal World with the huge rise in the 90’s of legendary band, Pantera. Joining a collective of impressive musicians in other projects such as Down and Kill Devil Hill, the later of which being the closest of the three mentioned with what to expect from this solo effort. Smoke on This… takes ...

Read More »
NEONISLANDS_ACMSUMMERLIVE_@.jpg

ACM Summer Live – An impressive evening of miscellany, revelation and five-star aptitude.

At the end of July we attended the industry evening of the ACM Summer Live events. This is a series of concerts held in Guildford, Surrey — this year at the Electric Theatre — which lasted four days (with live performances) and had more than 60 new acts. This year, this event was organized in collaboration with Eagle 3 [Surrey ...

Read More »
ZZ TOP Ramblin Man Fair

Ramblin Man Fair 2017 – The Full Report

FRIDAY After the syrupy Graham Bonnet Band (who got things going early at around 4pm Friday with a great set of recognisable toons — what a fab start!) we careened with sufficient buzziness straight into a sizzling set from the unbelievably-wunderbar! American rockers Last in Line (the original line-up of Dio) with the terrifically cool Viv and Vinnie who brought shouts of joy ...

Read More »
Next to None.. "Phases"

Next to None.. “Phases”

Next to None toe an interesting line between crunchy, aggressive American radio metal and wild, extravagant prog rock, with many stylistic left-turns all over this record. While often the focus is on the instrumental prowess on show, the real highlights here occur when the songwriting present on the album takes centre stage. Many of the songs on Phases are over ...

Read More »