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Download Festival, Part 3 – Sunday 16th June, 2013

Download Festival 2014 dates and early bird offer announced

So two days of rock and metal carnage down, one to go. And as this punter walked down towards the Main Stage on the Sunday morning of Download Festival 2013, I couldn’t help but smile at the wires attaching the stage to the sound tower, knowing what they were for. …

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Download Festival, Part 2 – Saturday 15th June, 2013

Download Festival 2014 dates and early bird offer announced

So, after a Friday of absolute mayhem, perhaps the Saturday of Download would be a more chilled out affair? You might have thought so too with UFO (6) opening the Main Stage; the audience wasn’t the biggest but there was enough there to get heads nodding and ‘Doctor Doctor’ made …

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Download Festival, Part 1 – Friday 14th June, 2013

Download Festival 2014 dates and early bird offer announced

Welcome to the first in a three part review of the 11th annual Download Festival. Once again, rock fans from all over the world descended on the hallowed turfs of Donington Park in Derbyshire for a five-day extravaganza that saw the festival outdo its previous years’ lineup by quite a …

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The Crunch – upstairs at The Garage, London – 5th June 2013

Tonight was going to be a special gig – the first ever gig by new band, The Crunch.  A new band they may be, but the members are all experienced and certainly aren’t new to the music scene.  Singer Soren ‘Sulo’ Karlsson was the singer with Blues-rockers Diamond Dogs, Bassist …

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Blood Command – Exchange, Bristol, 9th June 2013

Blood Command – Exchange, Bristol, 9th June 2013

It’s a real shame when additions to a bill are not made public. That’s what happened when I arrived at the Exchange in Bristol on Sunday evening. The venue’s website said doors opened at 7.30pm, however it turned out that, along with the three bands advertised, a further FOUR groups …

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Gentlemans Pistols – The Hop, Wakefield – 31/05/13

Gentlemans Pistols – The Hop, Wakefield – 31/05/13

An unusually sunny evening set the backdrop for this beauty of a gig, casting this amazing little venue into a sepia haze. The Hop is a hidden gem, stuffed down a grimy side-street, this converted mill has it all, 3 stages (that I know of), a huge beer garden, some …

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The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists

The Merciless Book Of Metal Lists

Lists.  Love ’em or hate ’em (personally I’m of the latter school of thought), they seem to be an inescapable fact of life.  Subjective as they are, they are ubiquitous:  “what’s you’re top ten favourite metal albums?”, “who are your top five best guitarists?”, “what’s your favourite list of lists?”.   …

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Gloryhammer – Little Devil, Tilburg – 7th June 2013

Gloryhammer – Little Devil, Tilburg – 7th June 2013

When Gloryhammer announced their first ever gig, I decided that I had to be there – their debut album has to be one of the best power metal albums of the year, so a chance to see their debut gig wasn’t to be missed, even if it involved a long …

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Mike Tramp – The Classic Grand, Glasgow – 28th May 2013

The setting in the Classic Grand is very intimate for tonight’s show. The stage is dimly lit. The front section of the room has a few tables and stools close to the stage. There was gentle lighting around the small venue, which had plenty of space for people to chill …

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Black Star Riders – Marshall amplification theatre, Milton Keynes – 30th May 2013

Tonight’s gig was to be a very special one.  Firstly it’s being held at a site that is very special to rock and heavy metal – the headquarters of Marshall amplification , in a theatre they have just behind the factory that makes the iconic amps.  Secondly tonight is the …

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Volbeat, “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies” Review.

2010 was the release of “Beyond Hell/ Above Heaven” and now Volbeat return with their fifth album “Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies”.  It demonstrates their metal heritage more than they have in any previous albums.  The album comes across as a musical journey combing the genres from the past few decades into something …

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Wildest Dream at the Cornmill, Chilwell.

Wildest Dream – formerly known as ‘Wrathchild…be thy name‘, are a local rock duo from the East midlands made up of Edd Smith and Terry Crofts. Mostly performing as a rock tribute band, they have though written and sung their own songs along side the many greats they enact.   …

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Bearded Theory festival – day three – Sunday

Today was the day something strange happened – the sun came out before the bands started, and stayed out all day.  Warm sunny weather at an outdoor festival in the UK – not a common occurence but one that people were very happy about.  Today at the festival was celebrating …

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Bearded Theory festival – day two – Saturday

Overnight rain had left parts of the festival site rather muddy, so conditions underfoot weren’t great in a couple of the busy places, but generally the site was still fine and easy to get around. Zombie met girl are first up on the main stage.  With a rock/punk sound it’s …

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Bearded Theory festival – day one – Friday

This was my first time at Bearded Theory.  It’s held in the grounds of Kedleston Hall, so the setting is beautiful – festival-goers walking from the car park to the campsite cross a bridge over a weir by a lake, with a  nice view of the hall  on the hillside  …

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Trucker Diablo – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill – Saturday May 18th 2013

I cannot be the only one struck by the irony of the coincidence… just days before Black Star Riders – basically, Thin Lizzy with a bit of makeover – release their much-vaunted but ultimately disappointing ‘debut’ opus, the one band acclaimed by many as the natural heirs to the crown …

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