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Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.

Arch Enemy – As the stages burn

It’s almost exactly three years since Angela Gossow stepped down as vocalist of Arch Enemy and announced her replacement, Alissa White-Gluz.  At that point the War Eternal album was already written and recorded with Alissa on vocals.  Since then it’s been a long wait for a second album with her …

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Cheap Trick announce UK tour for June 2017

Iconic US-rockers Cheap Trick have announced a special three date UK tour, with the band visiting London, Manchester and Bristol in June 2017. The Illinois quartet, who originally formed in 1973, will delight fans with their huge back catalogue of rock classics, including hits ‘Surrender’, ‘I Want You To Want …

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Gary Lammin – in-store gigs announced!

Veteran punk and blues guitarist Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin has announced two London in-store appearances, following the release of his self-titled solo debut last month.  Known first and foremost as a punk rocker, who has collaborated with the likes of Joe Strummer, Public Image’s Jah Wobble and Generation X’s Mark Laff, …

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Bloodstock announce seven new bands

We’re now past the halfway point to BLOODSTOCK with 20 weekends left before the UK’s best metal weekender!  Let’s kick that off by announcing seven more bands! Anthemic black metallers WINTERFYLLETH join the main stage fray.  Their fifth album ‘The Dark Hereafter’ was released last October by Candlelight Records/Spinefarm.  Check …

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Lita Ford – Islington academy, London – 12th March 2017

Rock Goddess opened the night with a set based around songs from their 80s albums.  The band reformed a few years ago with the original lineup, and are yet to release a new album although they do feature a new song tonight, “Back off”, to which they got the crowd …

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Metallica announce UK and Europe tour dates

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 16, 2017 – Metallica today announced the European leg of their WorldWired Tour in support of their new album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. The tour kicks off with two shows in Amsterdam at the Ziggo Dome on September 4th and 6th. Norway’s Kvelertak will be support …

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Tarja – Koko, London – 10th March 2017

Tonight was the second UK date for Tarja, and the attendance was good – by the time she came on stage moving around the venue was difficult due to the packed crowd.  The support act on this leg of her European tour is My Own Ghost, a band from Luxembourg. …

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DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – to play ‘Ocean Machine’ in full at London’s Hammersmith Apollo

Devin Townsend Project have announced that their show at London’s legendary Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on the 17th March will feature the first full live airing of the album ‘Ocean Machine’, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, as a UK exclusive. Watch Devin reveal the news in this sort clip: …

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Biters release new song, ‘Stone Cold Love’

Atlanta rockers BITERS have released a new song, ‘Stone Cold Love’ from their upcoming studio album, ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’. Check it out… ‘The Future…’ is set to hit stores on 19th May via Earache Records.  The album, produced by Dan Dixon, is the follow-up to …

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Motionless In White unveil new song, album details

MOTIONLESS IN WHITE have unveiled a new video for ‘LOUD (Fuck It)’ taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Graveyard Shift’, set for release via Roadrunner Records on 5th May – https://youtu.be/5DpKFLG8p3Y   The album is available to pre-order from today at https://miw.lnk.to/GraveyardShift with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads of ‘LOUD (Fuck It)’, …

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Wednesday 13 adds Dublin/Belfast shows

WEDNESDAY 13 is set to make a return to Dublin and Belfast for two shows before headlining Download’s Dogtooth stage at Donington Park in June.  The shows will follow the release of upcoming new studio album, ‘Condolences’, which is set for release on 2nd June 2017. Dates line up as …

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Hanoi Rocks – Reissues

Dissonance are releasing three reissues from Finnish legends, Hanoi Rocks.  The three releases are their first two studio albums, “Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks” and “Oriental beat” along with their 1984 live album “All those wasted years”.  Hanoi Rocks combined punk and glam rock and were making a big …

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Girlschool – Reissues

Dissonance records are reissuing the first three albums from Girlschool – “Demolition”, “Hit and run” and “Screaming blue murder”, dating back to the 1980-1982 period.  Fans of Girlschool will tell you these are classic albums by the band, and that’s certainly reflected in the fact that if you go and …

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Seven Kingdoms sign record deal with Napalm and announce new album

Hailing from Florida this female fronted Power Metal five-piece has already made its way up since their forming in 2007. After numerous tours around USA and Canada, three full length studio albums, it’s now ready to take the next step and join forces with Napalm Records. A band started for …

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HRH Metal – O2 academy, Birmingham- 11-12 February 2017

This was the first HRH event to be held in Birmingham, and was the first HRH metal.  One of many HRH events, it’s clearly aimed at the same fans as Hammerfest, but in a location far more convenient for many people. Saturday The event has three stages, with the main …

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The Charm The Fury – The sick, Dumb & Happy

The Charm The Fury are a Dutch metal band fronted by singer Caroline Westendorp.  One or two of you may now be thinking – Dutch band with female vocals – they’re bound to be symphonic metal, and to be fair the Netherlands have produced a fair few bands that fit …

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Crystal Viper – Queen of the witches

It’s been a few years since Crystal viper released an album as the band went on hold in 2013 due to health issues with the singer Marta Gabriel.  Happily though the silence is over and the band are back.  At a time when there are countless symphonic or gothic metal …

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Battle Beast – Bringer of Pain

Finnish band Battle Beast are a tricky one to describe.  On a first listen, depending on which songs you listened to, you might say they’re traditional heavy metal with female vocals, and that’s certainly a large part of their sound, but then you come across some of their other songs …

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Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin – Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin

With some musicians who release a solo album, it’s not really very different to the stuff they do in the band they’re part of and you wonder why they bothered, but in this case I was expecting the album to sound nothing like Bermondsey Joyriders since Gary “Guitar” Lammin has …

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Dan Patlansky announces April / May 2017 UK tour

Celebrated South African blues rock guitarist Dan Patlansky returns to the UK for his April / May 2017 UK Tour with special guest Ash Wilson. This will be the first tour Patlansky will undertake following his support slot on King King’s 2016 UK tour, and Joe Satriani’s 2015 UK and …

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