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Epica – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 3rd February 2017

Tonight’s show is the penultimate date on the current Epica European tour.  It’s a co-headline tour with Powerwolf, with Powerwolf closing some shows and Epica closing others.  In London it’s Epica who is top of the bill which makes sense as they have a bigger fanbase here than Powerwolf (Epica …

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Metal 2 the Masses Bristol: Heat 1, 09/02/2017

Just as the Royal Rumble kickstarts the road to Wrestlemania, so Metal 2 the Masses begins the journey to Bloodstock. A microscopic Eurovision Song Contest of sorts, the competition to perform on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air has given exposure to some of the country’s hottest underground …

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Anthrax – O2 Institute, Birmingham – 9th February 2017

Tonight was the first night of Anthrax’s UK “Among the kings” tour.  The tour features Anthrax playing two sets, one of which is them playing the entire “Among the living” album in full and in order, with the other set being voted on by fans online. Before Anthrax though it …

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Those Who Knew – Interview

UK Alternative Rockers THOSE WHO KNEW introduce themselves, ahead of the release of their new EP ‘New Perspective’, out 28th April.   What is the full band line-up, who plays what? Danny Graves: Vocals, Danny Peet: Lead Guitar, Jordan Toal: Rhythm Guitar, Joe Miller: Bass Guitar, Emily Hall: Drums.   …

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Carnival Club – interview

Newcomers CARNIVAL CLUB plan to make waves across the UK this Spring. The youthful rock ‘n’ rockers have just signed to new imprint Demolition Diner Records and the band will release their new mini-album ‘Magdalena Cape’ on 12th May – we had a chat with the guys about their history …

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Evil Scarecrow – Thekla, Bristol, 04/02/17

It doesn’t matter how many times you attend, there’s something special about watching a gig in the belly of a boat. Bristol’s Thekla is one of the city’s most renowned venues and anticipation is high; it’s the last night of the headliner’s tour and sold out to boot. As the …

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Black Peaks – Moles, Bath, 03/02/17

So goes the age-old joke: “I wonder what it would be like to live in Bath…” “Well, probably rather wet.” Thing is, the city lives up to its name tonight as the South West is caught up in a sharp, heavy shower that leaves everything soggier than your favourite digestive when …

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Mohawk radio interview, January 2017

I spoke to Mia, singer with Mohawk radio to talk about the band’s new EP and plans for the year.. Mohawk Radio are probably a new name for most music fans in the UK.  Can you tell us a bit about the band? We started when I moved over here …

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Nashville Pussy – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 26th January 2017

First up on tonight’s varied bill was Long John and the killer blues collective.  As the name suggests, they’re a Blues act, and I have to say they’re a damn good one.  They’ve got good strong tunes and great vocals, so it’s a really good start to the night. Next …

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Greyhaven – Interview

High flying post-hardcorers GREYHAVEN return with their new video ‘Brother’, it lands in just a few weeks. We had a talk with the guys about their history and future plans: What is the full band lineup, who plays what? Sam Paterson – Vocals Alex Hills – Guitar Jim White – …

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Beyond the Black interview. January 2017

I spoke to Jennifer Haben from Beyond the black ahead of their UK date supporting Epica and Powerwolf. Last summer the entire band quit shortly before the summer festivals.  It must have been a challenge to get a new band together in time for the festivals. We had three days …

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Cornerstone interview – January 2017

Your music has a definite 80s melodic rock feel to it. Was that something you aimed for or is it something that evolved? Alina: Michael and Steve, who founded the band, wanted to make music in these direction. It’s pure AOR/Melodic Rock like Fleetwood Mac or Journey. Michael: Looking back …

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Glenn Hughes – Robin 2, Bilston – 23rd January 2017

Tonight’s gig is somewhat of a local affair.  Glenn Hughes may live in California these days but he was born just a couple of miles up the road in Cannock.  Supporting him tonight (and on the rest of his UK and European dates) is another local act, Stone Broken. I’ve …

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Rebecca Downes

As years go 2016 was pretty spectacular for blues rock singer / songwriter Rebecca Downes. The release of a second album Believe has been met with pretty much universal critical acclaim, with a string of pretty impressive gigs following in its wake. Then there was not only being nominated for …

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At Dawn’s Edge – interview

With glowing comparisons to Within Temptation, Epica, and Nightwish, At Dawn’s Edge release their brand new video single for Evil Flamingo this month, right now, we sat down with the band a brief chat….   What is the full band line-up, who plays what? Ashavari Joshi – Vocals; Alexandru Oprea – Guitars; Matt …

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Ian Gillan – Interview – January 2017

It’s weird meeting your heroes. How do I conduct a professional interview without becoming a drooling, idiotic sycophant? The fact that I’d previously interviewed Ian and knew him to be completely charming and willing to even put up with rookie interviewers asking him about the origins of “Smoke on the …

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Rival Sons – Limelight Belfast 21/01/17

Rival Sons’ Belfast debut comes eight years into their career. Playing their own headline shows in between support slots with Black Sabbath, tonight it’s Belfast’s turn. Its an early show with no support, presumably for logistical reasons as they are due in Manchester the following day. The venue is a …

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Ian Anderson – Interview – December 2016

When I knew I had a long sought out interview with Ian Anderson a week before Christmas 2016, I went straight to every interviewer’s first source of research – his website. There’s a part of the site called All too frequently asked questions, designed to get boring questions out of …

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