HRH Metal – Academy, Birmingham – Day 1, Saturday 17th February 2018

This year's HRH Metal took place at the weekend in Birmingham. It's the second year of the event, and the lineup was definitely appealing. The festival appeals to a...

Arch enemy – Koko, London – 11th February 2018

Tonight's sold out show saw fans queueing well before doors opened, and by the time the doors opened the queue stretched a long way. Thankfully the security team did a...

Anvil – Buckley Tivoli, February 16th 2018

Almost two years ago Canadian metallers Anvil played the Tivoli in Buckley for the first time supporting ex Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and to say they gave the headliners...

Accept – Koko, London – 8th February 2018

Support tonight came from US band Night Demon. Their latest album, 2017's "Darkness remains" is a great album so I was looking forward to seeing them live. A three-piece,...

Arch enemy – Trädgårn, Gothenburg – 3rd February 2018

For this leg of their European tour, Arch Enemy have three support acts – Jinjer, Tribulation and Wintersun. Tonight’s gig in Gothenburg is one of the closest they’re playing...

Cancer On The Rocks – Nantwich Civic Hall, January 20th 2018

Cancer On The Rocks was a great day out, to say the least, in the normally quiet Cheshire town of Nantwich. Local boy Rick Palin, managing director of Skyfire...

Maiden uniteD – Koninklijk theatre Carre, Amsterdam – 27th January 2018

As someone who really doesn’t like tribute bands, going to see Maiden uniteD may seem like an odd choice of gig, but while they only play Iron Maiden covers,...

Laurence Jones – Borderline, London – 23rd January 2018

Ahead of the release of his new album, The Truth, Laurence Jones played the Borderline in London. It's not too many months since he last played here, so to...

Lacuna coil – Forum, London – 19th January 2018

Tonight's gig was Lacuna Coil's 20th aniversary show. 119 is a special number for the band, so the date of 01-19-2018 (using the US date format) tied in nicely....

Sari Schorr and The Engine Room at The Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens

‘The First Lady of the Blues’ may be a somewhat overused tagline but in the case of Sari Schorr, and based on this performance at the superb St Helens...

Black Country Communion – Civic hall, Wolverhampton – 2nd January 2018

The night kicked off with floodlights on stage sending their rays of light out over the crowd as the PA played sounds of explosions. Gradually these turned into heavy...

The Heretic Order – Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes – 6th December 2017

First up tonight were Fyresky, a fairly new band from Kent/Essex. I'd seen them play in August, and while four months isnt a long time, there was a clear...

Extreme & Dan Reed Network – Academy, Birmingham – 17th December 2017

Tonight kicked off with the awesome Dan Reed Network. With Extreme having the hit, "Get the funk out", having Dan Reed Network support them is an inspired choice as...

Towers of London – Night People, Manchester: 9th December 2017

Eight years since they last played Manchester, London based punk rock band Towers of London are back. There was never any official break-up, more of a hiatus, with a...

Tygers Of Pan Tang – Eleven, Stoke On Trent

Midway through their feline good current UK tour, NWOBHM legends Tygers Of Pan Tang stopped on by to sharpen their claws at Eleven. Run by Paul Hume, Demon guitarist...

Stone Sour – Arena, Birmingham – 29th November 2017

Judging by ticket sales tonight Stone Sour have reached that difficult point in a touring band's career. They're way too big for a tour of Academy venues, but arent...

Kobra and the lotus – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 23rd November 2017

Brutai kicked things off tonight. I last saw them opening the Dogtooth stage at Download festival earlier this year and their set there was good enough that I was...

Deep Purple – Arena, Birmingham – 17th November 2017

Tonight was my first time at the NIA since they changed it to the "Arena Birmingham" name - an obvious wasy of saying "We couldnt find a new sponsor...

Airbourne – Rock city, Nottingham – 22nd November 2017

So it’s early doors tonight and I get there just in time for The Wild!. The Wild! aren’t a band I had heard of before, but am glad I...

Jinjer – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 21st November 2017

The first band tonight was deathcore band Nycosia. They're very heavy with growly vocals but sadly their songs just aren't good enough to impress anyone tonight - they relly...