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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.

Arch Enemy announce new album and first tour dates

In March 2017, extreme metal giants ARCH ENEMY finished the ‘War Eternal’ album cycle with the highly successful ‘As The Stages Burn!’ live release, which was filmed and recorded at the band’s massive headlining show at Wacken Open Air 2016: Now, it is time for the next chapter in the band’s …

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Michael Monroe to release career-spanning collection – The Best

In the leather-bound history of heartfelt rock ‘n’ roll, not only will Michael Monroe have at least one chapter all to himself, but his name will be colourfully threaded throughout, such has been his impact, his appeal and his ongoing never-surrender story; a powerful, inspirational tale told in detail on ‘The Best’ – the first official …

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Rammstein to hold a signing session in London this week

Rammstein will mark the launch of ‘Rammstein: Paris’ with a visit to London to meet fans and sign copies of this long-awaited concert film, first shown theatrically and now available as a multi-format, lavishly-packaged release via Spinefarm Records. This rare event – only the second time Rammstein have undertaken a …

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Amplified Festival announces Phil Campbell plus custom Iron Man Harley Davidson to be won

Phil Campbell confirmed for Amplified Festival + exclusive custom ‘Iron Man’ Harley-Davidson to be won in prize draw Amplified Open Air Festival has confirmed its final line-up with the announcement that legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and his band The B** tard Sons will headline the Red Stripe Main Stage …

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Code Orange launch Bleeding In The Blur video

Code Orange have unveiled their official music video for “Bleeding In The Blur.” The video, which was directed by Max Moore is here for you to enjoy.   Recorded with producers Will Yip at Studio 4 and Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios, FOREVER debuted earlier this year staking its claim as …

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Barb Wire Dolls – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 18th May 2017

First up tonight was a band that wasn’t part of the tour and weren’t announced till a couple of hours before the show.  The Treatment were playing here tonight as a warm-up before their shows at Hellfest and supporting the Scorpions.  Despite the fact that the venue was almost empty …

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Alestorm – No grave but the sea

Scottish Pirate Metal band Alestorm are back with their new album – their fifth studio album.  If you’ve listened to Alestorm before you’ll probably be expecting songs about Rum, Mead, Wenches, Pirates, Quests and Treasure.  If that’s what you’re expecting then congratulations, you successfully predicted the lyrical content of the …

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Thomas Wynn and the Believers release acoustic performance of Heartbreak Alley

Orlando, Florida six-piece Thomas Wynn and The Believers have shared an intimate acoustic performance of Heartbreak Alley, which is taken from their new album ‘Wade Waist Deep’, out on 19 May 2017 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group  (Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Beth Hart, Gov’t Mule, JJ Grey and Mofro, Monster Truck). Speaking about …

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Bearded Theory 2017 sells out

BEARDED THEORY are delighted to announce that the festival’s 10th Anniversary has completely sold out of admission tickets in every category for the sixth year in a row. A small number of car passes and Tipi camping options are still on sale. Admission tickets are no longer available through any …

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In This Moment announce sixth studio album, ‘Ritual’

IN THIS MOMENT’s sixth studio album ‘Ritual’ is set for release on 21st July via Atlantic Records with first track ‘Oh Lord’ premiering via video on their official YouTube channel – . You can pre-order ‘Ritual’ from today at the following link – https://roadrunnerrecords.lnk.to/itmritual – with all digital pre-orders coming …

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Punk Hits To Become West End Musical For The First Time

London West End Calling! A new feel-good musical is set to open in the capital’s West End in 2018 featuring some of punk’s biggest hits by The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Damned and more. The show is funded by the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music, who have also …

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Marc Hudson, Dragonforce interview

I spoke to Dragonforce singer Marc Hudson just before the band played an intimate show at the Black Heart in Camden to talk about the new album You’ve got a new album about to be released, “Reaching into infinity”.  How did you find the time to record it as you …

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Bloodstock reveal ten more bands for 2017

As Spring creeps into Summer, BLOODSTOCK HQ is a hive of activity.  The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals are well under way and plans are on track for 2017 being the biggest and best BLOODSTOCK yet!  Here’s ten more bands for starters… BLOODSTOCK is delighted to now reveal that nefarious …

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Wilko Johnson interview

Wilko Johnson celebrates his 70th birthday this year as well as 30 years of the Wilko Johnson band.  I spoke to him about the show and about his diagnosis a few years ago with terminal inoperable cancer – and his subsequent recovery. Where did the name wilko come from? It’s …

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KORN announce Brixton Academy show

KORN have announced a one-off headline date at London’s Brixton Academy on Wednesday 23rd August.  The show lands in addition to their main stage slots at the Reading & Leeds Festivals. The band are currently touring their critically lauded twelfth studio album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’ and recently played a string …

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal remains

From 13th May till 2nd October this year, the Victoria and Albert Museum (The V&A) will be running an exhibition dedicated to Pink Floyd.  The exhibition traces the history of the band from the beginning through their entire career up to the present. It’s a full multimedia experience so on …

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Alice Cooper signs with earMUSIC and announces new album, Paranormal

earMUSIC is proud to announce the worldwide signing of legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper. “Paranormal”, Alice Cooper’s new studio album, his first in 6 years, will be released on July 28th, 2017 on earMUSIC as 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set and Digital. The 12 track album has been recorded in …

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Dig Deeper – Stars tonight EP

Dig Deeper are a rock band from Norway.  They released their debut album in 2012 following it up with a second album in 2015, and now in 2017 they’re releasing a new EP, “Stars tonight”. There’s a definite psychedelic feel to the music, and when you throw in the vocals …

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Blood command – Cult drugs

Blood command are a punk band from Bergen, Norway that formed almost ten years ago.  They’ve released three EPs and two albums with the last album (Funeral beach) getting great reviews, and now “Cult drugs” is their third album. The album kicks off with “CTRL+ALT+DELETE”, which I have to say …

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