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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.

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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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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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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Ayreon – 013, Tilburg – 13th September 2019

Two years ago Ayreon played their first ever show. While that may not sound exciting, it was for fans of Ayreon which had released their first album in 1995. The brain-child of Arjen Lucassen, the albums feature multiple singers and this coupled with his stage-fright meant fans (and Arjen himself) …

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Sons Of Apollo – Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony

Many “supergroups” fail to live up to the hype, but one that does is Sons of Apollo. Featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, bassist Billy Sheehan, keyboard player Derek Sherinian and drummer Mike Portnoy it’s one hell of a lineup but more importantly it’s a lineup that …

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Robert Randolph & The family band – Brighter days

Robert Randolph grew up playing Gospel music on the pedal steel guitar, an instrument with a distinctive (and beautiful) sound. He’s backed by the family band – and that’s not just a name, they are members of his family. The album opens with “Baptise me” with clear links back to …

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Kris Barras Band – Light it up

Kris Barras released his last album, “The divine and dirty” in March 2018 with a small show at Thousand Island (formerly known as Upstairs at the Garage) in London. Just a few dozen people were there. Since then his career has exploded as he’s played several headline tours with the …

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Danny Bryant – Means of escape

It was only last year that Danny Bryant released his last album, Revelation, but he’s already back with another album. On “Revelation”, he was joined by the big band he did a tour with and that made the album something a bit different but now he’s back to working with …

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Blackrain – Dying breed

Newly signed to Steamhammer/SPV, French sleaze tock band Blackrain are set to release their new album (their sixth) in September. Formed in 2006 the band have toured playing their own headline shows as well as supporting bands including Europe, Papa roach, Alice Cooper, Ugly kid Joe and Steel panther. Earlier …

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Duff McKagan – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 29th August 2019

First up tonight was Shooter Jennings and his band. Previously I’d only seen a few minutes of his set at Ramblin Man, so was looking forward to hearing more from him tonight. He plays guitar and keyboards, spending some songs sitting at the keyboard while for others he stands and …

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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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