Reviews

  • Review: Marilyn Manson – Heaven Upsidedown

    As a massive Manson fan I have become slightly jaded by the hype that surrounds every album he has released since Holywood and even more so after the ...

  • Crooked Teeth - Honey

    Crooked Teeth – Honey

    California-based pop-punk trio Crooked Teeth have released their second EP this year, however, despite only being released a few months apart, Honey d...

  • My Favourite Runner Up – Crossroads

    My Favourite Runner Up hailing from North Wales have just released their debut album ‘Crossroads’ and there is a lot to be said about it! The band dra...

  • New Riot ‘Raising the Stakes’ Album Review

    A few months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing New Riot’s single release Live Fast, Die Young, which in my mind was a triumph in terms of the great ...

  • Giant Drag – Waking Up Is Hard To Do

    Giant Drag have had a lot of praise thrown their way or in the case that it’s only Annie Hardy that had stayed constant in the band-her way… In 2006 t...

  • Opeth

    Live: Opeth and Enslaved, Manchester Ritz

    Over the past few years progressive rock has changed significantly, with most of the smaller bands opting to take a heavier approach with each album h...

  • Witchcryer – Cry Witch

    Female led bands are nothing new, however the number of those bands, the quality, and the talent of those that do exist seem to be on the rise and ris...

  • Advocates Band Promotional Photo

    ADVOCATES ‘MINDLESS’ MINI-ALBUM REVIEW

    Advocates are a metalcore group formed in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010. Next year, they look forward to releasing their debut album, beginning their ...

BREATHE ATLANTIS - Soulmade

Breathe Atlantis bring fresh air with new release Soulmade

Breathe Atlantis​ is a German band whose previous release garnered a deal of praise in the alt-rock arena. They are an entertaining mix of rock, pop and electronica and bring to mind Pierce The Veil with their approach to rhythm and genre mix-ups. The latest release, Soulmade, provides just that. Opener ‘My Supernova’ paints the picture for the album with its soulful ...

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LEMURIA

Lemuria crafts an elixir of fantasy and vigor on The Hysterical Hunt

Lemuria’s latest album, The Hysterical Hunt, is something of the auditory manifestation of a Brother’s Grimm fairy tale. Lemuria harnessed elements of fantasy (largely bolstered by song titles such as ‘An Elusive Monster’, ‘As Darkness Falls’, and ‘A Plague Upon the Land’) and wrapped it in a dark mysticism to create an intriguing hybrid of imagination with the classic tropes ...

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The Infernal Sea

The Infernal Sea finally bring the ritual home

Having been relatively quiet for a period, local blackened plague, The Infernal Sea announced an extremely rare home town show, bringing an end to a tour with the noise bringers Abigail Williams. Seeing show after show going down well in post gig updates across social platforms from fans, excitement of our local anti-heroes grew and grew as our hazy memories ...

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Within Temptation the acknowledged masters of symphonic rock set to release Resist

Depending upon how you interpret the various categories, Dutch band Within Temptation are either a Gothic rock band, a symphonic rock band or a straight-up rock band which occasionally dabbles in other areas. Whatever, what can’t be denied is Within Temptation, a leading purveyor of dark anthems, have released another fine album, coming after the longest gap they’ve had between ...

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Incite – Built to Destroy

Having knocked around for more than few years, Incite have been a band that have relatively been stuck in the shadows of vocalists Ritchie Cavalera’s fathers’ bands, which clearly after reading the family name, need no mention. It is rather unfair to read the name and all of a sudden raise expectations of what you believe may come from Incite, ...

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Powerwolf

Powerwolf, Amaranthe, and Kissin’ Dynamite live in Manchester

From hard rock n roll vibes to chanting songs about werewolves and vampires, tonight’s sold out show has got to be one for the ‘not to miss list’ for shows of 2019! Honestly, I was not expecting bands from different spectrum’s of rock and metal but by jove it was a match made in heaven, or hell should I say ...

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The Room

The Room – Caught by the Machine                           

The Room are a six piece band from the South East of England and they were formed out of the remnants of 90’s band Grey Lady Down. In their time together they’ve played and toured with bands like Soft Machine, Lifesigns and Inglorious, and were nominated for Band of the Year in 2016 by the Classic Rock Society. They’re a ...

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RAVEN

RAVEN – Screaming Blue Murder in Aalborg

Raven are a three piece rock band from the North East who’ve been playing together for somewhere in the region of over forty-odd years, and still revolve around the nexus of the Gallagher brothers (no, not those ones, these guys can actually work together). Whilst Screaming Blue Murder… isn’t their first ‘live’ album, this particular album came as quite a ...

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Quantum Pig

Quantum Pig – Songs Of Industry And Sunshine         

Quantum Pig describe themselves as being simultaneously a “prog band but not a prog band”.  It means, whilst their music is rooted in prog, they don’t allow themselves to be hemmed in by boundaries or genres. They happily draw their influences from right across the music spectrum, and this is clearly evident in their sparkling debut album Songs of Industry ...

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Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett – At The Edge Of Light

Steve Hackett is a stellar guitarist and a hugely significant and influential figure in prog-rock. From his time with Genesis between 1971-77, when they were at their most creative, and from his career as a solo artist, he’s always been unafraid to mix things up and, on his new album, At The Edge of Light, his 26th studio album, he’s ...

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