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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.

Lovebites – Islington academy, London – 21st November 2018

Support tonight came from Seven Sisters – a London based band with a definite NWOBHM sound. They take a few minutes to really get going but once they do it’s a good solid set that goes down well with the crowd. Next came Japanese band Lovebites. Earlier this year their …

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Elize Ryd, Amaranthe interview – London – 12th November 2018

I spoke to Elize Ryd from Amaranthe shortly after their performance at Koko in London on their tour with Powerwolf. First of all, how do you think the show went tonight? I think it went really good – I loved it. It’s ten years since Amaranthe formed, and seven since …

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Collateral – 4 shots

4 shots is the debut EP from Collateral. While the band have been around for a few years, initially as the Angelo Tristan band before changing the name to collateral, it’s only this year that they released their debut single, “Midnight queen”, and they’re now following that up with their …

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Ben Poole and Stevie Nimmo – Stables, Milton Keynes – 22nd November 2018

Tonight’s gig featured Ben Poole and Stevie Nimmo at the Stables in Milton Keynes. Despite it being a mid-week gig, the place is busy – in fact that’s one thing I’ve noticed at this venue, there’s always a good turnout First up tonight was Ben Poole. Since releasing his latest …

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Devilskin – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 7th November 2018

The night kicked off with The Hallows. They’re a local Milton Keynes three-piece alt-pop band, so nowhere near as heavy as Devilskin, but despite that the audience gave them a good reception. It’s slightly odd not having a guitarist there – they just had a drummer, bassist and keyboard player/singer. …

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Halestorm announce new UK arena tour, celebrating women in rock

Having sold out every date on their last UK headline tour, Grammy-winning US rockers Halestorm are delighted to announce their return to the UK for even bigger shows in November 2019, supporting acclaimed new album ‘Vicious’. The Nashville-based band will be extending their landmark US headline tour, championing women in …

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Bloodstock add Grand Magus, Death angel and more

The Friday headliner on the Sophie Lancaster stage will be Swedish heavy metal trio, GRAND MAGUS!  Frontman & guitarist JB commands us; “Dear Bloodstockers!  The Magus returns to the UK to lay waste to your eardrums with metal!  We are honoured to be headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage and we …

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The Charm The Fury Announce Split

Dutch metal band The Charm The Fury have announced that the band will cease to exist for the time being. The band states: “Unfortunately, we have collectively decided that, for the time being, The Charm The Fury has come to an end. Sadly, the band could not be sustained in …

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Powerwolf & Amaranthe – Koko, London – 12th November 2018

First up tonight was German band Kissin’ Dynamite. Despite forming 10 years ago this is actually their first ever UK show. They arent particularly well known in the UK yet but based on tonight’s performance I think they will soon be a lot better known especially as they’ll be back …

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Download festival announce more bands for 2019

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced a further 23 acts including Slayer with their last ever UK show, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Eagles Of Death Metal, and more. The three-day festival takes place 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual home of rock in Donington Park, Leicestershire. Tickets …

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Doro – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg – 17th November 2018

Fresh from her UK dates supporting Saxon, Doro is doing a handful of headline shows in Germany. As the Hamburg show was on a saturday night and didnt need any time off work to get there, I headed over to see her perform there. The show kicked off early – …

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Within temptation – Brixton academy, London – 13th November 2018

First up was a support act that was simply the wrong band for the bill – the infinitely forgettable Ego kill talent. They’re one of those generic sounding bands where you can’t remember anything they played once they go off stage, but more importantly they’re just not the right band …

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Creedence clearwater revival – The complete studio albums (Half speed master vinyl)

It’s hard to beleive that Creedence Clearwater Revival only existed for a few short years – in the period from 1968 to 1972 they managed to record and release seven studio albums. These weren’t low quality albums just rushed out – they include plenty of fantastic songs that have stood …

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Nightwish – Accor hotels arena, Paris – 10th November 2018

Tonight’s gig was Nightwish with support from Beast in Black, at the Accor hotels arena in Paris – just next door to Bercy station. The first thing I noticed is that the French fans were very keen – they were queuing outside in the rain long before the doors opened, …

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Def Leppard – The Story So Far – The Best Of Def Leppard

Ahead of their UK tour, Def Leppard are releasing a greatest hits album – “The Story So Far – The Best Of Def Leppard”, due for release on 30th November It will be available in multiple configurations: a 2-CD set comprised of 35 tracks, 1-CD comprised of 17 tracks, 2LP …

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Def Leppard – Hysteria – The Singles

Def Leppard are really ending the year with a bang. Not only are they touring the UK playing the Hysteria album in full, but they’re also releasing a “best of” compilation album with tracks spanning most of their career. That’s not all though – they’re also releasing “Hysteria – The …

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Manowar announce two UK shows for 2019

Manowarriors, your calls have been heard! MANOWAR will perform not one but two shows on their FINAL BATTLE 2019 World Tour on UK ground! “Everyone knows that the UK holds a special place in MANOWAR history!” said Joey DeMaio. “Once again, the ground will shake by the might of our …

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Anneke van Giersbergen – Symphonized

In May 2018, Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen performed two very special shows with an orchestra – Residentie Orkest The Hague. Since making her mark as the singer in The Gathering, Anneke van Gierbergen has been a very influential singer and is cited by singers suchas Nightwish’s Floor Jansen as …

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Little Red Kings – Callous

Norwich band Little red kings are a Norwich based band, who have recorded this, their new album, at their own studio (Goat pen studios). Little red kings play music that’s primarily roots rock with alternative rock and blues influences. If that seems like it’s not a particularly helpful description then …

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