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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.

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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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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Bloodstock reveal four more for Ronnie James Dio main stage

As Halloween approaches and Autumn rolls in, BLOODSTOCK is delighted to reveal four more amazing bands joining the heavy metal shenanigans in Catton Park next August as well as details of this year’s Rock Society memberships. PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS will be bringing their much lauded ‘A Vulgar Display of Pantera’ …

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Andrea Ferro, Lacuna Coil interview

Ahead of Lacuna Coil’s UK dates with Eluveitie and Infected Rain, here’s an interview I did with Andrea Ferro the day before their special fan album preview at the London Dungeon last month. Your new album is called Black Anima. Where did the title come from? The title was one …

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Joe Bonamassa – Live at the Sydney opera house

Joe Bonamassa’s new album is out on 25th October. Like many of his previous live releases it’s been recorded at an iconic venue – in this case, the Sydney opera house. In fact I think Joe Bonamassa must have sat down with producer Kevin Shirley at some point and made …

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Keywest – Ordinary superhero

Keywest started as buskers in Ireland around a decade ago and gradually honed their skills and started to draw crowds to watch them perform. These days they’ve outgrown busking having sold 150,000 copies of their debut album in Ireland. They’ve toured Ireland, the UK and Europe and played festivals including …

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Wednesday 13 – Necrophaze

Wednesday 13 has just released his latest album – Necrophaze. As always it’s got a horror theme which works well for him and other artists such as Alice Cooper, and inevitably there are going to be comparisons between the two. To be honest I’ve never understood why Wednesday 13 isnt …

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Epica – Design your universe (Gold edition)

To mark 10 years since the release of their “Design your universe” album, Epica have released a “Gold edition” version of the album. So what’s new? Well its not just a remixed version of the album – instead Epica have gone back to the studio and recorded something new. As …

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Helloween – United alive

For Helloween fans, 2017 and 2018 were a great period as the modern lineup of the band reunited with former members including Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske for a special tour – Pumpkins united. It was a fantastic tour and for many fans it was their first chance to see …

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Epica – Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht – 5th October 2019

To mark 10 years since the release of the “Design your universe” album, Epica have reissued the album with an extra bonus disc and are also doing a mini tour – just three dates in Europe (Germany, Netherlands, France) plus shows in Russia and Israel and then due to fan …

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Power metal Quest Fest – Asylum, Birmingham – 28th September 2019

This was my first time at Power metal quest fest. The first year was at the Roadhouse venue which just isnt practical for people using public transport, the second year clashed with another gig, but finally I made it to one. Now being held at the Asylum venue it’s an …

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Flying Colors – Third degree

When Flying Colors formed seven years ago they were one of many supergroups, but they’re one of the very few that has lasted more than one album or a few short years. The lineup of Neal Morse, Steve Morse, Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson is unchanged and with …

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Beth Hart – War in my mind

Beth Hart releases her latest album on 27th September. It’s produced by Rob Cavallo (Green day, My Chemical romance, Goo goo dolls etc) and her fans will no doubt have a pretty good idea what to expect – top quality blues from a woman with arguably the best blues voice …

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