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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.

Cats in space – Day trip to Narnia

Since bursting onto the scene in 2015, Cats in space have been busy. As well as touring with the lines of Deep Purple, Thunder and Status Quo, they’ve released three albums and are now preparing to release their fourth – Day trip to narnia. If you’ve never listened to them …

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Tara Lynch – Evil enough

Metal guitarist Tara Lynch releases her debut album at the beginning of March. She not only plays guitar on the album, she also sings – she also can also plays bass, drums and piano but has guest musicians on this album. She’s got some great musicians working with her on …

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Rock Stars Hit Red Carpet For ‘Mind Over Matter’ Premiere In Beverley Hills

Some of the biggest names in rock and metal hit the red carpet at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills on Monday evening to celebrate the premiere of multi-award winning documentary film, ‘MIND OVER MATTER’. Joining stars of the movie – Korn’s James ‘Munky’ Shaffer and Brandon Mendenhall …

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Herman Frank – Fight the fear

Herman Frank has been part of the German metal scene for a long time now, first coming to people’s attention when he joined Accept in 1982. He only stayed with them a couple of years, but then when the band reformed in 2005 he rejoined the band and stayed with …

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Rantanplan – Stay rudel stay rebel

Rantanplan are a German ska-punk band. Formed in Hamburg in 1995, they’ve had various lineup changes over the years and now the only remaining original member is Torben Meissner (vocals/guitar). This is their tenth album. Prior to being sent this album to review I must admit I’d never heard of …

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Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics – The man with stars on his knees – special edition

In 2017 Aaron Buchanan and the cult classics released their debut album, “The man with stars on his knees”. Now, newly signed to Listenable records it’s being re-released, this time as a special edition with bonus tracks. Normally I’m not a fan of bands doing special editions of their albums …

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Beast in black – From Hell with love

Beast in Black was formed in 2015 by Anton Kabanen – guitarist, songwriter and founding member of Battle Beast. In many ways he’s continued with what he was doing in Battle beast – writing catchy power metal songs with some pop influences. I saw Beast in black live for the …

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Megadeth – The system has failed (2019 reissue)

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first …

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Megadeth – The world needs a hero (2019 reissue)

Thrash legends Megadeth are re-issuing two of their albums on 15th February 2019. Both “The world needs a hero” and “The system has failed” have been remastered by Ted Jensen (Guns N’Roses, Mastodon, Machine Head and Trivium) and will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats – the first …

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Avantasia – Moonglow

Tobias Sammet releases the next Avantasia album in February. As always it’s music on a grand scale featuring a lineup of top singers. Joining Tobias Sammet on vocals on this album are Hansi Kursch, Ronnie Atkins, Jorn Lande, Mille Petrozza, Candice Night, Geoff Tate, Eric Martin, Bob Catley and Michael …

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Rosy Vista – Unbelievable

Rosy Vista were Germany’s first all-female hard rock band, forming in 1983 before splitting in 1989. During that time they released an EP and two singles, but now they’re back and are finally releasing an album. The album consists of 12 tracks – the five songs that were on their …

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The Amity Affliction share video for new single Drag The Lake

Roadrunner Records band The Amity Affliction have shared an official music video for “Drag The Lake,” which is featured on their acclaimed new album MISERY. The music video for “Drag The Lake” is streaming now on The Amity Affliction’s YouTube channel. MISERY arrived last summer, topping Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart, giving The Amity Affliction …

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Sevendust unveil UK-filmed live video for new single ‘Risen’

US headbangers SEVENDUST have unveiled a new video for the next single from their twelfth studio album, All I See Is War. “Risen” is a live performance montage clip, filmed during the band’s recent show in London at the O2 Academy Brixton, during the band’s first UK tour in seven …

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Tremonti debuts video for Throw Them To The Lions

Rockers Tremonti have just released a new music video for the latest single from the band’s Napalm Records release, A Dying Machine. “Throw Them To The Lions” is an up-tempo metal beast, something that Tremonti has come to be known for. The video was filmed in the UK at a …

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Megadeth to release ‘Warheads On Foreheads’ 35th Anniversary box set

MEGADETH celebrate their 35th Anniversary with the release of Warheads On Foreheads, a 35-track, career retrospective on 22nd March 2019. The anthology spans their entire studio recording career, from their first album, Killing Is My Business… to their 2017 Grammy® Award winning release, Dystopia and will be available as a three-CD set, a four-LP …

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Download festival add 43 more bands to the lineup

Download Festival, the world’s premier rock event, has announced a further 43 acts including Halestorm, FEVER 333, Beartooth, Skid Row, Brothers Osbourne, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch and more, joining headliners Slipknot, Tool and Def Leppard for the annual rock extravaganza. The three-day festival takes place on 14-16 June 2019 at the spiritual …

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Arch Enemy – Covered in blood

This isn’t a normal Arch Enemy album – it’s actually an album full of cover versions – 24 of them in fact. There’s a wide range of artists covered including Tears for fears, Pretty maids, Judas Priest, Mike Oldfield, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Manowar, Carcass, Discharge, GBH and Scorpions. The songs …

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King 810 – Suicide king

It’s less than five years since metal band King 810, from Flint, Michigan, hit the scene with the release of their debut album, “Memoirs of a murderer”. Initially they divided opinion among metal fans in the UK but a 2017 appearance at Bloodstock open air saw them win over a …

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King Diamond – Songs for the dead live

For over 35 years King Diamond has been releasing albums, first with Mercyful fate and then under his own name. Among a strong catalogue of albums, a firm favourite among fans is the 1987 album “Abigail”. This new live release from King Diamond sees him perform that album in full …

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Lacuna coil announce tour with Eluveitie

After the release of “The 119 Show – Live In London” LACUNA COIL are proud to announce they’ll be sharing stages with Swiss Folk Metal band Eluveitie and their friends in Infected Rain in Autumn 2019. “Transformation is a process and as life happens you need tons of new music! That’s why we …

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