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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.

Mob Rules – Beast over Europe

Last year German melodic metal/Power metal band Mob Rules released their latest studio album, “Beast reborn”. Since then they’ve toured in suport of the album and several shows on the tour were recorded and have been used to create this new live album, the band’s fist live album for 14 …

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Ark ascent – Downfall

While covering Bloodstock festival we were given CDs by several bands who were either playing or just using the event as a promotional opportunity to reach a lot of press in one place. One of those CDs was from Ark Ascent, and while editing photos from the weekend I picked …

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Lordi – Recordead Live – Sextourcism In Z7

Finnish horror rockers Lordi have a new album/DVD – Recordead live – Sextourcism in Z7. As the title suggests, it was recorded on the Sextourcism tour at the Z7 venue in Pratteln, Switzerland. It’s a live CD/DVD package (also available as digital download) and contains the entire show (minus a …

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New Model Army – From here

Nearly 40 years after the band was formed, New Model Army are still going strong and have a very loyal fanbase. They tour regularly and their live shows are always great. Happily they’ve also consistently released new music over the years and are about to release their latest album – …

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Runrig – The last dance – farewell concert

Runrig celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2018. Their long career saw them release 14 studio albums and several live albums over a 40 year period. Now though it’s drawing to a close. The band played their final shows in August 2018 and the live album that was recorded at those …

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Bloodstock 2019 – Thursday

Once again I’m back at a place that feels like home – Catton Hall, or to be precise, Bloodstock festival. It’s my 11th year here and every year it just feels like it’s not been a year since I last left. The Thursday is always a fun night of catching …

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HRH Goth and Industrial announced

When our HRH Legions pushed for an HRH Chapter of Goth & Industrial music, we set our algorithms rolling for 18 months to identify what this dark theatre of music would produce & evolve into, for this all-new HRH brand experience. Taking a subculture like Goth which has spawned from …

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Freedom Call – M.E.T.A.L.

German Power metal/melodic metal band Freedom call celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate than to release a new studio album? It’s their tenth album, and is called “M.E.T.A.L.” which frontman Chris Bay says is tongue in cheek, adding “After all, everybody knows that we …

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Domination inc – Memoir 414

Domination inc are a Greek thrash metal band that formed in 2012 as Domination (the change to Domination inc is more recent due to legal issues with the name). They released their debut album “Infants of thrash” in 2014, and now five years on, they’re ready to release their second …

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The Dead Daisies – Locked and loaded

Billed as “The covers album”, locked and loaded is exactly what the cover says – a collection of cover versions. Excluding their debut album the band’s subsequent releases have all come with a couple of cover versions included, and this release takes those 6 covers and adds 4 more. So …

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Ramblin Man 2019 – Sunday

The first band of the day for me was Sweet Crisis, opening proceedings on the Blues stage. It’s only a quick visit before I had to head off to see another band, but what I heard sounded very good with a mix of classic and modern influences. Definitely a band …

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Ramblin Man 2019 – Saturday

For me, Saturday at Ramblin Man started with a quick trip to the VIP area to see Bad Touch doing an acoustic session for the VIP ticket holders. They’d got a big crowd and their short set sounded great. Over on the Prog stage, Israeli band Scardust were the first …

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Ramblin Man 2019 – Friday

The 2019 edition of Ramblin Man kicked off on Friday afternoon with Australian rockers The Lazys. I’d seen them a couple of months ago in a small venue and been impressed, so was looking forward to seeing them again. On the big Ramblin Man main stage they seemed just as …

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Piston – Piston

British rock’n’roll band Piston will release their debut self-titled album in September. Before that though they’ve got an appearance at Ramblin Man festival to look forward to. Judging by the strength of this album then I’ve got no hestitation in recommending that anyone going to Ramblin Man should make time …

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Samantha Fish – Kill or be kind

Samantha Fish is back with a new album – Kill or be kind. it comes two years after a year in which she released not just one album but two – “Belle of the west” and “Chills & fever”. Those two albums were very different from each other with one …

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The Allman Betts band – Down to the river

Devon Allman’s father, Allman brothers legend Gregg Allman died in 2017, and later that year Devon Allman arranged a tribute concert to him at the Fillmore in San Francisco. That concert featured Devon’s new band – The Devon Allman project. Alongside him in the band was Duane Betts, son of …

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KISS – Arena, Birmingham – 9th July 2019

KISS kicked off the UK leg of their farewell tour in Birmingham. For fans in the mood for some drinking before the gig there was good news (bad news for music lovers though). Instead of bringing a band along to open for them, KISS instead decided to bring an artist …

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