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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.

Sevendust prep first UK visit in 7 years with new video for Unforgiven

US headbangers SEVENDUST have unveiled a new music video for the latest song released from their twelfth studio album and Rise Records debut, All I See Is War. “Unforgiven” is set in a post-apocalyptic world created from an idea director Scott Hansen presented to the band. The concept is that …

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Ramblin’ Man announce Blues stage headliner for 2019

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful fourth year in 2018, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2019! This year the festival will move back its traditional end of July slot on the 19th, 20thand 21stJuly. Following the announcement of rock legends FOREIGNER as Saturday’s Main Stage Headliner, Ramblin’ Man Fair …

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KING 810 announce new album, UK tour kicks off late November

Flint firebrands, KING 810 have announced their third studio album, ‘Suicide King’, which is set for release on 25th January 2018.  The band have launched a video for ‘Heartbeats’ over on their official YouTube which was written and directed by KING 810’s David Gunn, together with Josh Schroeder. ‘Suicide King’ will …

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Accept – Symphonic Terror – live at Wacken 2017

German heavy metal legends Accept performed one fo the biggest shows of their career in 2017 at Wacken Open Air festival. As if performing in front of 80,000 fans isn’t enough, they made it extra special by performing with an orchestra, becoming the latest band to do something special for …

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Wacken Winter Nights announce two new bands

Wacken Winter Nights announce new bands, release first running order of main stages, and start pre-sale of day passes In the Celtic calendar, the night leading into November 1st was a special date. The pagan Irish feast Samhain still finds its echo in today’s All Hallows Eve or in its …

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Rammstein announce 2019 European stadium tour

Rammstein have announced a stadium tour for summer 2019 with dates across Europe.  There’s just one UK show – at the stadium MK, Milton Keynes. 05/27/2019 Gelsenkirchen, Veltins-Arena 05/28/2019 Gelsenkirchen, Veltins-Arena 06/01/2019 Barcelona, RCDE Stadium 06/05/2019 Bern, Stade de Suisse 06/08/2019 Munich, Olympiastadion 06/12/2019 Dresden, Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion 06/13/2019 Dresden, Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion 06/16/2019 …

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Vandenbergs moonkings – Rugged and unplugged

Vandenberg’s Moonkings are back with a new album – Rugged and unplugged. As the title hints, it’s an acoustic album – mainly just Adrian Vandenberg playing acoustic guitar and Jan Hoving on vocals. The first thing to note is the length of the album – a disappointing 28 minutes. That’s …

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Slipknot return with ‘All Out Life’

SLIPKNOT have returned with a brand new track, All Out Life.  The unrelenting new cut is accompanied by an official music video – directed by the band’s own M. Shawn Crahan –  which is streaming now on Slipknot’s official YouTube channel.  All Out Life is available now at all Digital …

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Dan Reed Network – Origins

With a UK tour planed for November, Dan Reed Network fans are in for a great month – not only are the band on tour, but the new album, Origins gets released. For the recording of the album the band took an unusual approach – they didnt shut themselves away …

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Bloodstock announce 4 more bands for Halloween

Happy Halloween! BLOODSTOCK is excited to announce four more bands for 2019, guaranteed to make next year’s best metal weekender howlingly spooktacular. Uncompromising hardcore punk squad CODE ORANGE make their BLOODSTOCK debut on Saturday on the Ronnie James Dio main stage. The band’s Jami Morgan tells us “We’ve been wanting to play …

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Ramblin’ Man Fair Announce First Headliner for 2019

Following on from the critically acclaimed and commercially successful fourth year in 2018, Ramblin’ Man Fair returns in 2019! This year the festival will move back its traditional end of July slot on the 19th, 20th and 21stJuly. Ramblin’ Man Fair is pleased to announce the first Main Stage Headliner with …

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HRH Punk launches and announces first bands

HRH under its mother company Chic Festivals have been putting on quality residential festivals for nearly 13 years. With 18 festivals a year and over 500 club shows worldwide you can be sure we know our business. We specialise in niche areas of Rock n Metal so when people started …

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Them – Manor of the se7en gables

Them are a German band (with some US musicians involved) who formed in 2013 and released their debut album, “Sweet hollow” in 2016. Now they’re back with their second album. Sweet Hollow was a concept album that chronicled the bizarre journey of a man caught between unfortunate circumstance and unspeakable …

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KISS announce End of the road world tour dates

After an epic and well documented 45-year career that launched an era of rock n roll legends, KISS announced that they will launch their final tour ever in 2019, appropriately named END OF THE ROAD. The initial announcement was made a month ago on NBC’s America’s Got Talent which sent the internet …

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Doyle Bramhall II – Shades

Doyle Bramhall II may not be a name you’re familiar with but he’s a guitarist who is well known to some of the worlds top stars as many of them have worked with them. He’s toured with the lines of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Roger Waters and Sheryl Crow and has …

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Bon Jovi announce first UK tour for six years

After thousands of sold out shows, it’s clear – Bon Jovi = One Wild Night. One of the planet’s biggest rock bands, Bon Jovi announce their return to the UK, continuing a triumphant world tour that has visited the USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and will hit Japan and Australia later in …

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Sodom – Partisan EP

While most people know the big 4 of thrash metal – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, only true thrash fans will know the German equivalent – four equally influential bands, Destruction, Kreator, Tankard and Sodom. Formed in 1981, Sodom have released fifteen studio albums (and are in the studio working on …

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Wille and the bandits – Find my way

Wille & the bandits will release their new album, “Paths” on 1st February 2019 and are due to follow that with a 19 date UK tour in March with Rainbreakers as special guests. Ahead of the release of the album, they’ve just released the first single from the album, “Find …

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Beth Hart – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

In May this year, Beth Hart performed at the Royal Albert Hall in front of a capacity crowd. It was a superb show, lasting two hours and with Beth Hart in superb form. Now the show is being released on CD, Vinyl, DVD, BluRay and digital formats. For this review …

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Amaranthe – Helix

Amaranthe have just released their fifth album – Helix. When they first started it was a definite shock to many – a band daring to combine death metal with pop – think of it as Arch Enemy meets Abba. It’s an unlikely formula but as they’ve proved consistently over the …

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