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So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweet shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me and Keith Moon and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweet shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shop owner and his son, that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business really. But sure enough, I got the M&Ms and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.

The Pat McManus Band – Enniskillen, Charlie’s Bar

Whenever you hear that Pat McManus is playing, it is safe to say that an instantaneous excitement forms in the air.  It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing, that come hell or high water you will be in attendance for ‘The Professor’ for an education and a night worth remembering.  Pat McManus is widely …

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Rosco’s Riot / Window Seats / Erosion / Not Today – Newtownards, Ivy Bar – 9 October 2015

It’s not often that a night out turns into a chance to review the bands you are going out to see, but with a plethora of gigs happening in nearby Belfast, PlanetMosh just didn’t have enough hands at the pump to cover an evening of rock and rollery in my …

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Paradise Lost – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 September 2015

School night gigs in Belfast can be awkward buggers to predict, especially in terms of their attendance levels.  However, Paradise Lost, paying their first visit to the city in six years, manage to pull a reasonably healthy number of punters – if not quite enough to ease the promoter’s financial …

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Making Monsters – Enniskillen, Charlie’s Bar 15/05/2015

Enniskillen’s Charlie’s Bar is fast becoming the location to find the finest in rock based music in the local and surrounding area.  It is constantly been utilised by many promoters who bring in a variety of musical acts to cater to a vast array of people. On this occasion, Penny …

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The Graveltones – Love Lies Dying

The Dynamic Aussie Duo strikes again! Right from the word go The Graveltones second album ‘Love Lies Dying‘ hits you like a rampaging rhino that tramples all over you, backs up, and for good measure, tramples all over you again and again to make sure the job is done! That …

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Cadaver Club – Enniskillen, Charlie’s Bar 27/03/2015

This past Friday evening, Cadaver Club returned to their old haunting ground of Enniskillen to reacquaint the locals with their unique brand of funeral punk.  They were joined on this occasion by Attack The Day and Phil ‘Philthy’ Cassidy who coincidently was performing double duty on the night. The venue lights dim …

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The King Lot – The King Lot

The King Lot are a Scottish Hard Rock trio who have impressed me greatly over the short space of time I have known them. Last year saw the band performing with several top acts such as The Answer, Beasto Blanco, Vain, H.E.A.T. and Supercharger. I managed to witness the band’s …

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Sticky Boys – Make Art

Sticky Boys. Now where do I start? I have never heard of this Parisian threesome before I listened to their latest and second album ‘Make Art‘. The French trio certainly do show their love and affection for all things Rock and Roll here, but it took several listens of the …

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All That Remains –The Order Of Things

All That Remains have been maturing well since they formed in 1998, hitting position 13 in the billboard charts with their last album ‘A War You Cannot Win’. The Order Of Things is their seventh release due out on 24 February 2015 and is produced by ‘Josh Wilbur’ (Lamb of God/Gojira/Hatebreed). …

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The Amorettes – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow – 12/12/14

The Amorettes

The Amorettes are a Scottish band I have seen once before supporting another local Scottish band Attica Rage just two years ago, but this time The Amorettes have their own headline slot. The night meant there would be a larger setlist, and a lot of this would be new, with …

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Red Enemy – Red Enemy

Hailing from Dublin, Red Enemy are a five piece signed to Mediaskare Records, boasting shows alongside names like Parkway Drive, Unearth, and Tesseract. Following on from their second EP, the well received ‘What We Are Contained In Is What We Are’, the eponymously titled ‘Red Enemy’ is the bands first …

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Bigfoot – Bigfoot EP

Bigfoot are a five piece hard rock band that were only formed in Spring 2014 .They are from Wigan and combine powerful vocals, dual lead guitars and a heavy driving rhythm section. They state their influences are from The Eagles to Pantera. The band members are:-Antony Ellis -Lead Vocals, Sam …

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Marillion – The Forum, London -11/12/2014

I have to admit that until a few years ago the only Marillion albums in my collection were Script for a Jester’s Tear  , Misplaced Childhood and Clutching at Straws. The group have seemed to have by-passed me for a number of years and I have only recently been re-acquainted …

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Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

This is the third album release from the “Cavalera Conspiracy” boys, with new bassist ‘Nate Newton’ from “Converge”. Bearing in mind the vast catalogue and releases from Max and Iggor since 1985; they certainly have not mellowed with age! “Max Cavalera” usually has an easy distinguishable vocal, but this time …

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The Milestones – “Higher Mountain – Closer Sun”

The Milestones are a band I have literally stumbled across just recently, and it is hard to believe that this band are both, a Scandinavian band from Finland, and did start out 20 years ago. “Higher Mountain – Closer Sun” is the fourth such album from the band, who first …

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Crazy Lixx – Crazy Lixx

Crazy Lixx are a five piece hard rock band from Sweden, who were formed in 2002 and released their first album in 2007. The current line-up consists of Danny Rexon – vocals , Andy Dawson – guitar, Joél Cirera – drums, Jens Sjöholm – bass and Edd Liam – guitar. …

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In Faith – There’s A Storm Coming

There have been a few bands this year I have reviewed who seem to capture the feel and sounds from an eighties era I grew up in and know so well. In Faith’s debut “There’s A Storm Coming” is such an album that does so with a high degree of …

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KISS – Love Gun (Deluxe)

1977 was the year KISS released their sixth studio album titled Love Gun. Their line-up was Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley , Gene Simmons and Peter Criss. This album was the last studio album to feature all of the original line-up, on all tracks. It was produced by KISS and Eddie …

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The Wans – He Said She Said

The Wans, from Nashville Tennessee, are a three piece rock and roll band formed only a few years ago. I have been following them for over a year now after stumbling across them through social media. In such a short space of time The Wans have already supported bands such …

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Zodiac – Sonic Child

I had never heard of anything from four piece Blues based Rock band Zodiac prior to reviewing this album. Zodiac hail from Munster, Germany and this will be their third album release, with their previous album “A Hiding Place” having only been released last year. I was looking forward to …

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