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.

Marko Hietala quits Nightwish

In shock news, Marko has quit Nightwish. see his statement below and below that, the statement from Nightwish. Resignation announcement from Marko: Dear people. I am leaving Nightwish and my public life. For a quite a few years now I haven’t been able to feel validated by this life. We …

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Alexi Laiho dies aged 41

One of the most renowned guitarists in the world, Alexi Laiho, has passed away. The musician, most notably known as the front man of Children of Bodom, died in his home in Helsinki, Finland, last week. Laiho had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years. Alexi Laiho and …

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Ramblin’ Man Fair lineup announcement

Ramblin’ Man Fair festival 2021 are pleased to announce some key bands for the festival on the 16th to 18th July 2021. Ramblin’ Man Fair has established itself as a staple of the UK festival calendar with incredible bands, stunning surroundings and an awesome atmosphere. “Long live Ramblin’ Man Fair” – Johnnie …

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Eric Gales reschedules UK Tour to March 2022

Eric Gales has rescheduled his February 2022 UK Tour to March 2022. The tour follows the release of his album ‘The Bookends’ via Provogue/Mascot Label Group earlier in 2019. The album features collaborations with B. Slade, Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.Tickets for all dates are on sale via www.thegigcartel.com. …

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Samantha Fish Rescheduled 2021 & 2022 UK Tour

Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Samantha Fish has rescheduled her March 2021 UK Tour. She will now play three of her UK concerts in September 2021 (Newcastle, Edinburgh, and London), with a further five concerts in February 2022 (including the rescheduled Bath, Manchester, Nottingham). Additional dates in Cardiff and …

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Skinny Lister release new track: ‘Shout it Out

Hallmarked with a celtic twist that harks back to their very earliest days, but with a confidence that only comes from a band in their prime, “Shout It Out” is a track that finds itself instantly at home in the Skinny Lister canon.  In something of a first for the …

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Dio – Live album reissues announced

THE LIVE ALBUMREISSUE SERIESEVIL OR DIVINE: LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY+HOLY DIVER: LIVEOUT FEBRUARY 12TH 2021 PRE-ORDER LINKSEVIL OR DIVINEHOLY DIVER  Deluxe Reissues of DIO’s Live albums, Holy Diver Live and Evil Or Divine:  Live In New York City Newly Remastered and Newly Created Cover Art Limited Edition 3LP Vinyl …

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John Diva and the rockets of love – American Amadeus

One of the best bits of reviewing albums isn’t reviewing albums by bands you love, it’s finding new bands you havent listened to before. This album came to me to review and not having listened to the band before I had no expectations, good or bad. I always prefer to …

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Magnum – Dance of the black tattoo

On a live album or compilation album (and this is both), the track listing is always going to be a matter of debate – put 100 fans of any band in a room and ask them to come up with a list of tracks and you’ll never get them all …

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Edenbridge – The chronicles of Eden part 2

“The chronicles of Eden part 2” is as the name suggests, the follow up to the 2007 release “The chronicles of Eden”. That was a “Best of” featuring material from the first 5 years of the band. The new album is anothe “Best of”, this time featuring material from the …

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Suzi Quatro releases new Christmas single

Trailblazing American rock vocalist and musician Suzi Quatro’s brand new Christmas single ‘My Heart And Soul (I Need You Home For Xmas)’ is released today, December 4th, on all digital platforms via SPV Records. A touching, heart-warming video for the song has also just been unveiled:-   Even in the …

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Straight to you Live

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will release their first live DVD at the end of November. There was a live album released a decade ago but not a DVD, and even if you prefer albums to DVDs, a new live release is definitely long overdue Kenny Wayne Shepherd says “People …

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George Benson – Weekend In London

Jazz icon George Benson has just released a new live album. It was recorded at an intimate show at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club in London in 2019. Produced by Joe Bonamassa’s producer, Kevin Shirley it’s a great intimate live album. George Benson really shows why he’s such a legendary jazz …

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Cats in Space – Atlantis

Cats in Space

Cats in Space are back with their fourth studio album, Atlantis. Their fans are clearly excited about it - when the presale started, the vinyl copies and limited edition bundles sold out in 48 hours.

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Them – Return to Hemmersmoor

Them are a band with German and American members with a strong King Diamond influence. Their new album, “Return to Hemmersmoor” is the third part of a supernatural trilogy which started with “Sweet hollow” and “Manor of the se7en gables”. To that end, the first track is an intro which …

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Evildead – United States of Anarchy

Back in the late 80s when California and New York were spawning the thrash bands that went on to dominate the genre – Metallica, Exodus, Anthrax etc, one California band, Evildead was formed. Their first gig was alongside Dark Angel, Cryptic slaughter and Possessed in 1987 and they released an …

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Ayreon – Transitus

Arjen Lucassen is back with another Ayreon album. The amazingly talented multi-instrumentalist is unusual in that whereas most musicians with several projects will sit down and write for a specific project, Arjen writes and goes where the music takes him, so a writing session may evolve into a new Ayreon …

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Amaranthe – Manifest

By now I’d imagine most metal fans have heard Amaranthe at some point. The band have ben going for a decade, releasing their self titled debut album in 2011, and have been busy touring ever since, either on headline tours, support slots or festivals. They stand out from the crowd …

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Ace Frehley – Origins vol 2

In 2016 Ace Frehley released an album of cover versions – “Origins vol. 1”. It featured songs by acts as diverse as Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, and Led Zeppelin plus some KISS songs. Now he’s back with a second covers album, “Origins vol. 2”. This time there …

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Kiss the gun – We see you

Kiss the gun formed in 2016 in Salisbury and in 2017 released their debut album, Nightmares which is a great album, particularly for a debut from a small band. In 2018 they replaced their singer with Abigail Austin, and now two years on they’re releasing their second album (the first …

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