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.

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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Mad Max – Stormchild rising

Formed in 1983, German hard rock band Mad Max have a brand new album. Their last album (35) was released in 2018, 35 years since the band formed. Thankfully the new album isnt called 37, it’s Stormchild rising. One thing it does have in common with it’s predecessor is that …

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Vicious Rumors – Celebration decay

Vicious Rumors come from the Bay area, home to many of metal’s greats over the years, and have been around for a long time now having released their debut album in 1985. Despite that they’re nowhere near as well known as some of the other bands from the bay area …

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Black Sabbath celebrate 50th anniversary of “Paranoid” – vinyl deluxe edition out October 9th

Widely regarded as innovators of the musical genre which came to be known as Heavy Metal, legendary Birmingham-bred Black Sabbath celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2020 of their multi-million selling album Paranoid with a 5-LP/4CD edition released on October 9th, featuring the vinyl debut of two 1970 concerts. PARANOID:  SUPER …

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THE ROLLING STONES – STEEL WHEELS LIVE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED CONCERT FILM OUT SEPTEMBER 25th 2020

The Rolling Stones announced details of their previously unreleased 1989 concert film Steel Wheels Live – Atlantic City, New Jersey. This latest release from the band’s archives via Eagle Rock Entertainment has been restored, remixed and remastered and will be available on multiple formats from September 25. Pre-order HERE. Additionally, …

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MATTY JAMES CASSIDY OLD SOULS NEW ALBUM OUT 28th AUGUST 2020

Matty James Cassidy has rock ‘n’ roll in his veins.  Whether it’s folk-rock, the soulful sound of The Faces or Exile era Rolling Stones, country music, or honky tonk blues – he embraces it all and makes it his own. It’s a tradition and a passion for which he remains …

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U.D.O and the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr – We are one

In just a few weeks time it should have been Wacken Open Air, and one of the acts that was due to perform was former Accept frontman, Udo Dirkschneider with his band U.D.O performing a special set with the Musikkorps der Bundeswehr (the concert band of the German armed forces). …

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Jefferson Starship release new song and announce new EP

Legendary rock band Jefferson Starship (featuring David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Cathy Richardson, Chris Smith, and Jude Gold) has announced the release of their new EP, Mother of the Sun, their first collection of new songs in 12 years. Mother of the Sun will be released via Golden Robot Records will hit …

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Black Stone Cherry announce tour postponement

BLACK STONE CHERRY have announced the postponement of their previously announced October UK tour.  The tour has been rescheduled to September 2021.The Kentucky rockers tell us; “We’ve been closely monitoring the unprecedented global situation and it has become clear that it’s just not possible to go ahead with the shows …

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Levellers release new single ‘Generation Fear’

The Levellers have released the brand new single ‘Generation Fear’, taken from their upcoming studio album Peace, which will be released on the 14th August via On The Fiddle recordings. Pre-order the album here.Written during the album recording process, the track evolved as a full band collaboration and its immediacy …

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Saxon postpone UK Shows Till 2021

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions in force, Saxon have had to once again, postpone the three UK shows that were to take place August 8th(Glasgow), September 5th(London) & September 6th(Manchester).The New Show dates are in MAY 2021, as follows: Saturday May 1st– London Eventim ApolloSunday May 2nd– Glasgow …

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Def Leppard – Hysteria at the O2

If like me, you remember “Hysteria” being released then you’re officially old – it’s over 30 years ago. It’s an album that saw Def Leppard’s popularity explode and they were constantly in the charts and on TV as the album spawned seven singles. To celebrate the 30th anniversary in 2017 …

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ROGER WATERS: US + THEM to be released on DVD

Sony Music Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of ROGER WATERS: US + THEM on Blu-ray, DVD, CD and Vinyl.  ROGER WATERS: US + THEM, chronicles the acclaimed 2017-2018 tour of the iconic Pink Floyd artist. ROGER WATERS: US + THEM concert film is available now to buy on …

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ELZ AND THE CULT new album “BLOODLINE” out now

BLOODLINE is the second studio album by the Istanbul based industrial goth band ELZ AND THE CULT. The album consists of 12 tracks mixing industrial music with dark wave and pop elements and is produced and mixed by Taner Yucel and mastered by Gorkem Karabudak. The album will be released …

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Blind Channel to release new single, Gun

Finnish rock band Blind Channel are back with a brand new single ‘Gun’ on 3rd July via the Ranka Kustannus label. The single is taken from their 3rd album ‘Violent Pop’ and has been produced by Jonas Olsson.  The track has been mixed by the man behind the biggest Volbeat …

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Epica postpone European tour to 2021

The ‘Epic Apocalypse Tour’ with Apocalyptica has been postponed till Spring 2021.‘As we were awaiting our tour with Apocalyptica with great anticipation, we are now forced to have a little bit more patience. This might not come as a surprise, as you have all seen our colleagues in the music …

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Powerwolf – Best of the Blessed

Powerwolf release their first greatest hits album in July. Entitled “Best of the blessed” it’s a mixture of original versions and re-recorded versions of songs, and to make it even more appealing, the second disc is “The live sacrament” – a live album recorded on the Wolfsnächte tour in 2018, …

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INTO THE GRAVE ANNOUNCES THE EUROPEAN METAL FESTIVAL ALLIANCE

Summer 2020 is a very different landscape from the usual event-packed few months, so to maintain a sense of community, Into The Grave has joined forces with twelve of the best independent metal festivals in Europe to create a unique online event for both bands and fans! The European Metal …

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Beyond the black – Horizons

German band Beyond the black are back with a new album – Horizons. It’s their second release since a major lineup change in 2016 shortly after the release of their second album. Since that time though the band has gone from strength to strength and the linup has remained stable. …

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