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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.

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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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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Prong – Age of defiance

Prong released “Age of defiance”, their new EP in late 2019. The crossover metal band have been around since the late 80s and are still going strong although the lineup has changed regularly with Tommy Victor being the only member to be in the band throughout their history. In fact …

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Malone Sibun – Come Together

Malone Sibun are a new band that were nominated in the best band category at the European blues awards in 2019 despite not having released an album at that point. Their debut album, “Come together” will be released at the end of January 2020. The band takes it’s name from …

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Sonata Arctica – Electric Ballroom, London – 11th December 2019

Tonight involved plenty of options for music fans including the Gun/Dan Reed Network/FM triple bill gig, but I opted instead for Sonata Arctica. This gig also three bands on the bill with support from Edge of Paradise and Temple Balls.   First up was Temple Balls – an odd name …

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Slash – Living the dream tour

Slash – Living the dream tour or to give it the full title, “Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the conspirators – Living the dream tour” is the new live release from Slash and Myles Kennedy. As the name suggests, it was recorded on the tour that followed the release of …

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The Cure – 40 live – Curaetion-25 – Anniversary

This is a two DVD release that could easily have been released as two separate DVDs. The first DVD, CURÆTION-25: From There To Here | From Here To There, was filmed at the Royal Festival Hall on 24th June 2019, the tenth and final night of the 25th Meltdown festival …

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Anneke van Giersbergen & Kamerata zuid – Theaters Tilburg – 6th December 2019

Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen celebrated her 25th anniversary in music with two special shows last month. Most singers would probably have a few weeks off after something like that but Anneke van Giersbergen is already back on tour, this time with an orchestra. Over the years Anneke has released …

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Dan Reed Network – Slam & Dan Reed Network remasters

In the late 80s Dan Reed Network came on the scene and immediately stood out with their funk laden songs. The band’s first two albums , 1988’s self titled debut and 1989’s “Slam” are now being reissued which coincides with the 30th anniversary of “Slam” and comes ahead of the …

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Turbokill – Vice world

Turbokill are a new band from Germany formed by Stephan Dietrich, former vocalist with Alpha Tiger. The band released their dfebut EP last year and after signing to Steamhammer/SPV they’ve now got their debut album out. It’s an album which draws on classic heavy metal for it’s sound. the album …

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Sodom – Out of the frontline trench

It’s been three years since the release of the last Sodom album, and there’s still more waiting required as the next album has yet to be formally announced or given a release date. There is however some good news, Sodom are about to release a 5 track mini-album “Out of …

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Running Wild – Crossing the blades

German pirate-metal band Running Wild are releasing a new 4 track EP ahead of their next album (due for release Summer 2020). The title track “Crossing the blades” will be on the new album, the album will feature a different version of the song, re-recorded and with a number of …

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Gloryhammer & Powerwolf – 013, Tilburg – 10th November 2019

Powerwolf tour poster

In June 2013 a brand new band played their first gig anywhere at the Little Devil – a tiny bar in Tilburg that holds barely more than 100 people. That band was Gloryhammer and tonight saw them make a triumphant return to Tilburg (their first gig here since that first …

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Beyond the black – The Dome, London – 31st October 2019

Tonight’s show was originally due to be at the smaller Boston music rooms but good ticket sales led to it being updated. This is Beyond the black’s first headline tour and it’s clearly been successful with many shows in Europe selling out despite playing much bigger venues than in the …

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Edenbridge – Dynamind

After Nightwish started to become well known in the late 90s a number of other bands sprung up producing symphonic metal with clean female vocals. Edenbridge were one of the early bands to come along and are still going strong, with this being their tenth album. These days there are …

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Mike Zito and friends – Rock’n’Roll, A tribute to Chuck Berry

Blues artist Mike Zito has a new album about to be released. It’s not a Blues album though – it’s a tribute to Chuck Berry and features 20 of Chuck Berry’s songs. An important detail in the album title is the “and friends” bit – the album features a staggering …

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Bloodstock announce final main stage headliners for 2020

If you tuned into Planet Rock Radio this morning, you’ll have been amongst the first to hear BLOODSTOCK’s hotly anticipated news, revealing the final two Ronnie James Dio main stage headliners for 2020’s event. DEVIN TOWNSEND was announced as Friday night’s headliner last month. Without further ado… Metal legends JUDAS …

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