Live Reviews

SOLSTORM

Solstorm Lay Waste To The Apollon Record Store In Bergen, Norway

The hugely skilled doom/drone metal entity that is Solstorm performed a short and concise yet hard-hitting and memorable set at the Apollon record store in the city center of Bergen, Norway. In many ways, the entire event served as a teaser of sorts in the sense that their brand new opus entitled II was releases shortly after and so we were treated ...

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Fireball Tour

Fireball Tour 2019

Skanking and Fireball aren’t the most likely combination. But somehow it works at O2 Academy Brixton for the tour that brings together two of the biggest names in ska-punk, Goldfinger and Less Than Jake, but before that there is a whole day of ska to look forward to. Matt Stocks was not simply a DJ, but a mail man, delivering ...

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Ghouls

Ghouls last ever live show at Rich Mix London

Ghouls. A little band that started with five people who studied at university together in 2012, came together at Rich Mix in Shoreditch to say goodbye to three hundred dedicated fans; some coming from as far as Australia and America. The night opened with grime/ska artist Karl Phillips and The Rejects. Karl and the band had incredible energy during their ...

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Roadstars UK 2019 Tour, Saturday 5th October The Flapper, Birmingham

One’s initial impression of the dirty rock with a touch of the blues blasting out on stage from five piece band Gorilla Riot is of a joyous aural collision between Humble Pie and  ZZ Top. There are three guitarists, each a lead player we’ll later find out, two adding backing vocals; the front man delivering fine smoky come gravel elivery ...

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Matt Pearce @neilmach 2019 ©

Matt Pearce and the Mutiny, Thursday 26th September 2019: Upstairs at The Garage, London

As a member of the successful hard rock band Voodoo Six, Glasgow-born guitarist Matt Pearce supported Iron Maiden on a concert tour and appeared in front of millions of heavy metal fans around the world. But 18 months ago he found himself at a crossroads in life and felt as if he “had to mutiny…” perhaps to survive. He admitted ...

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Collateral & Piston, Friday 20th September 2019: The Asylum 2, Birmingham

The members of Collateral obviously listened to their granddads talk about how back-in-the-day Deep Purple began their live act with the aural equivalent of a train crash; Blackmore screeching notes out to emphasis the metal behemoth scraping loose from its tracks.  These young lads like the idea so much they not only deliver their opening number in this manner but ...

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Saxon

Wacken – Triple X Anniversary Edition

In a summer crowded with festivals, Wacken has found its spot. Perhaps not the biggest or the one with the best bands, but the one that has the best whole metal experience. Get ready to be surrounded by metal everywhere. Metal markets, bars, video games, movies, tons of concerts and millions of beers… the truly holy land that every metalhead ...

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Griever

Griever & In Fear They Follow Live In Exeter

Picture this, a quiet Sunday night in a little city in the corner of the country. Not the kind of place you’d picture a lot going on, but you’d be wrong because on this quiet (but not for long) Sunday, metalcore band Griever played a headline show at the Cavern with support from In Fear They Follow. Exeter Cavern is ...

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Glenn Hughes

A New Day Festival played host to Glenn Hughes, The Hawklords, Fish, Martin Barre & More

A New Day Festival is set in what must surely be the most beautiful site to hold a festival in the UK, the music offered easily matched the splendour of the surroundings. Solstice open up proceedings on the Friday and they perform a lively set, drawn mainly from their 1980’s catalogue, with notable tracks including ‘Black Water’ and ‘Sacred Run’. Soft Machine ...

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SONS OF APOLLO

SONS OF APOLLO ‘Live with the Provdiv Psychotic Symphony’

Sons of Apollo are a prog metal supergroup featuring alumni from such titans in their genre as Dream Theatre, Journey, Guns ‘n Roses, Mr Big, et al, and the dramatis personae contains some of its biggest names… Portnoy, Sherinian, Sheehan, Soto and Bumblefoot (Ron Thal). With their debut album, 2017’s Psychotic Symphony, given their pedigree the issue was if they would ...

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