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.

Dio – The Studio Album Collection

Four Dio albums are being re-released in a newly remastered form. The albums are the studio albums from 1996 to 2004 – Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing The Dragon (2002), and Master Of The Moon (2004). The albums have been out of print for a long time so for …

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King Solomon Hicks – Harlem

One thing I love about being asked to review a “Blues” album is the wide range that the blues genre covers meaning that I’m never sure what to expect from the album unless it’s from an artist I listen to regularly. This is the debut solo album from 24 year …

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The Unity – Pride

This is the third album from German/Italian band The unity. The band features former members of Firewind and Gamma Ray – former Gamma Ray members Henjo Richter (guitars) and Michael Ehré (drums) along with Gianbattista Manenti (vocals), Jogi Sweers (bass) and Sascha Onnen (keyboards). It’s a great blend of sounds. …

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Sonny Landreth – Blacktop run

Louisiana slide-guitarist Sonny Landreth has a new album, just released via Provogue/Mascot label group. Entitled “Blacktop run” it’s a mix of songs and instrumentals with a wide level of diversity. “Don’t ask me” is primarily accordion and percussion and while acoustic it’s got a more intricate sound than a typical …

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Wishbone Ash – Coat of arms

Not many bands reach 50 years together as a band, and even fewer are still making and releasing new albums regularly after 50 years, but that’s exactly what Wishbone Ash are doing – releasing their new album as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. They’ve had plenty of lineup changes over …

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Ayreon – Electric castle live and other tales

Last year Ayreon played their second set of shows. The first was their first live shows in the existence of the band, and they played several sold out shows in Tilburg entitled “Ayreon universe”. This time it was “Electric castle live and other tales”. As the title suggests, it was …

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Motorhead rum wins award

Raise a glass to Lemmy!  Motörhead Spirits are proud to announce their Gold Award win at The Spirit Business prestigious Rum & Cachaça Masters 2020, for Motörhead Premium Dark Rum in the ‘Rum Aged 7-12’ Years category. Uncompromising, iconic and innovative – three of the values at the core of …

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Def Leppard to release “London to Vegas” DVD

On April 24, Eagle Rock Entertainment will present legendary British Rock ‘N’ Roll icons and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame® inductees Def Leppard: London to Vegas. This limited edition 2Blu-ray+4CD, 2DVD+4CD, DVD/Blu-ray+2CD and digital format release features two spectacular concert films: Hysteria At The O2 and Hits Vegas, Live …

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Roadrage festival hits Sheffield later this month

RoadRage Festival returns to Corporation and Trafalgar Warehouse on Sat 28th March 2020. With the only UK appearance from Reef, 6 fully licensed bars, 2 live stages, gourmet street food and a warehouse full of bikes, a VIP Acoustic stage, stalls, DJ, lounge areas, entertainment and demonstrations, there is more …

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Sabaton – Wembley arena, London – 8th February 2020

Tonight saw Sabaton play their only UK gig on their current tour, at a sold-out Wembley arena. On this tour they’ve got two excellent support acts in the form of Amaranthe and Apocalyptica. First up was Amaranthe. I first saw them play 9 years ago and while they were impressive …

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H.E.A.T – H.E.A.T II

Way back in the 80s when you said “Stadium rock”, the name that came to most people’s minds was Bon Jovi. Sadly it’s been many years since they made any great new music, and live shows have declined too. Happily there are bands making great stadium rock music today, and …

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Outlaws – Dixie Highway

When it comes to Southern rock, The Outlaws are a band whose history dates back over 45 years – this is a band that counts Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker band and The Allman brothers as their contemporaries. They’re best known for songs on their 1975 debut album including “There …

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Albert Cummings – Believe

“Believe” is the eighth studio album from Blues rock guitarist Albert Cummings. It features songs such as the blues classic “Red rooster” (also called “Little red rooster”), Van Morrison’s “Crazy love”, Freddie King’s “Me and my guitar” and more. The album was recorded at Muscle shoals studio – a studio …

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Tarja – Obecní Dum – Smetana Hall, Prague – 21st January 2020

Ahead of her tour to promote the new album, Tarja Turunen made time to do two special shows. The first was at Obecní Dum – Smetana Hall in Prague, a beautiful historic venue. The second show, two days later was in Bucharest and was performed in the round with the …

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Nightwish announce details of new album

New NIGHTWISH studio album ‘HUMAN. :II: NATURE.’ to be released on April, 10th! Pre-orders start February 7th! Tuomas once said that whenever he creates a new record he has the intention of capturing something rare and unique, a monument and a true album experience. In 2020 he’s certain to achieve …

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Tarja prepares for special shows in Prague and Bucharest ahead of her UK tour.

As Tarja prepares for her two special shows in Prague and Bucharest that wil be filmed and recorded, she’s also got her UK dates coming up in March. 21.01.2020 Prague, Czech Republic 23.01.2020 Bucharest, Romania Tarja, Finnish music icon and one of the most famous opera, rock and metal sopranos …

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Rage – Wings of Rage

German heavy metal band Rage have signed to SPV/Steamhammer to release their new album – Wings of Rage. It’s their 25th studio album. Formed in 1984, Peter Wagner is the only member to remain from the original lineup. They come from a great time for German metal, hitting the scene …

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Magnum – The serpent rings

British melodic rock legends Magnum release their 21st studio album in January. They released their debut album in 1978, and have been regularly recording and releasing new albums for the 40+ years that followed. With a new Magnum album you’ve always got a pretty good idea what to expect as …

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Molly Hatchet – Battleground

“Battleground” is the new live album from Southern Hard Rock band, Molly Hatchet. It’s a double album featuring 19 tracks and was recorded at shows in Pratteln, Switczerland, Ludwigsburg, Germany and during their 40th anniversary tour in the US. Molly Hatchet are a band that really come alive on stage …

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