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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.

DeWolff – Live & Outta sight II

Dutch psychedelic-blues band DeWolff released their latest studio album in May last year and now they’re following it up with a new live album – Live & Outta sight II. As the name suggests, it’s their second live album, with the original “Live & Outta sight” having been released in …

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Opeth announce UK tour

Progressive rock luminaries OPETH have announced a UK tour, which kicks off in late October at the legendary London Palladium.  The Swedish five-piece recently announced the arrival of their 13th studio album, ‘In Cauda Venenum’, which is set for release this Autumn via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. OPETH frontman and visionary, …

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Duff McKagan – Tenderness

While on the Guns’n’Roses “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which lasted two and a half years and saw the band travel around the world, Duff mcKagan somehow found time to write an album. Apparently he was writing for a book he had planned, but the notes he made ended up …

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Bullet – Live

Swedish band bullet will release a live album in July. Called “Live” (simple and to the point), it’s a double album featuring 18 songs recorded at a show in Sweden. If you’re not familiar with Bullet, they’re a no-frills Swedish metal band. There’s no cleverly crafted image, just a bunch …

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OPETH reveal new album plans

Swedish masters of progressive heavy-rock OPETH have revealed today the title and tracklisting for their awaited 13th album, In Cauda Venenum, that’s due out later this year via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast. Recorded last year at Stockholm’s Park Studios, In Cauda Venenum will be released in two versions, in both …

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Whitesnake – Flesh & blood

Whitesnake’s new album, “Flesh & blood” comes four years after the release of their previous album (The Purple album), but since that was a covers album, it’s actually been eight years since the last album of new material from the band. As you’d expect from Whitesnake there’s plenty of great …

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Latest update from Bloodstock

BLOODSTOCK have locked down the last handful of Ronnie James Dio main stage and Sophie Lancaster stage bands, as the Metal 2 The Masses finals roll through the UK to find the best of the grass roots to flesh out the New Blood stage. BLOODSTOCK can also reveal that a …

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One month to go till Download 2019

In just one month, Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, is set to welcome approximately 100,000 music fans to the hallowed grounds of Donington for a jam-packed weekend of legendary bands, entertainment, comedy, WWE wrestling and mindfulness at the UK’s largest single site festival. The three-day extravaganza headlined by …

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Battle Beast – The Dome, London – 30th April 2019

On previous headline shows, Battle Beast have either played the Underworld, or Borderline, so tonight’s show at the Dome is a definite step up. For the band it’s got a much better stage and lighting, and it’s a good venue for fans as it’s got plenty of space and everyone …

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Samantha Fish, The Stables, Milton Keynes – 8th May 2019

The last time Samantha Fish played Milton Keynes it was two years ago and it was a great night. People clearly remembered how good she is as tonight’s show is sold out. By the time the support act, Curse of Lono were due on, the place was completely full – …

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Download festival preview

With Download festival just over 5 weeks away (it’s scary how fast it’s approaching), we thought we’d take a look at a few of the bands playing. As always we’ll all be waiting nervously for the stage times to start planning who to see on the various stages and hoping …

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The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band – The Traveler

The Kenny Wayne Shepherd band release their new album, “The Traveler” at the end of May. UK readers will probably query the spelling of the album title as we’d write “The traveller” but as is so often the case, in the US they have a different spelling, so it’s not …

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Nine Shrines – Retribution therapy

Formed in 2014, Nine shrines released their debut EP in 2017 and it’s fair to say it went down well with metal fans with single “King of mercy” getting over a million streams on spotify. Now two years on, they’re releasing their debut album – Retribution therapy. The album is …

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