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Sabaton – The Great War interview

Ahead of the release of the new Sabaton album – “The Great War”, I spoke to singer Joakim Brodén on his trip to London to talk about the album… You’ve got a new album coming out, “The Great War”, and as the name suggests it’s about the First World War. …

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Rammstein – Milton Keynes – Saturday 6th July 2019

I normally avoid arena and stadium gigs like the plague but if one band was going to change my mind, then it has to be Rammstein, especially as they are only doing one UK gig here in 2019. Tickets were bought last November and the last eight months have seemed …

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The Eagles – Arena, Birmingham – 28th June 2019

Tonight saw The Eagles in Birmingham. As they said when they took to the stage, there are no fireworks, just some guys with guitar playing. With no support act the band took to the stage at 8pm and promised two and a half hours of music. While they may not …

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AvaGrace – Interview

AvaGrace serve up an explosive fusion of heavy alt-rock, complete with delectable hooks and colossal riffs. The quintet have an original but hugely accessible sound, the guys release their debut album, The Witching Hours, on Friday 30th August. Prior to this, the band have just revealed a brand new single …

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+LIVE+ – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 30-06-19

When it comes to visiting the UK, Pennsylvania’s finest can be compared to a Solar Eclipse. Very rarely does it happen, but when it does, you have to be there to witness it. I can’t remember exactly when my favourite band of all time last visited these shores. Thirteen years …

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Sweet Ignitions – Interview

Welsh fuzzed-up tunesmiths SWEET IGNITIONS have just revealed a new track and video, Daggers. We interviewed the guys and asked them to fill us in on their background….. What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument? The full band line up is Matthew Phillips on …

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Jack Rabbit Slams – Interview

Jack Rabbit Slams have arrived with their blistering new single, Crackerjack – https://youtu.be/nv_fHlAicBU . We had a chat with the guys to get to grips with their background and more….. What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument? The band are: Rob McCombie – Guitar …

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Mark Jansen, Epica interview – Download 2019

After Epica played Download festival this year (their first ever appearance there), I spoke to Mark Jansen about the band’s plans and also about his other band, MaYaN.  We talked about the upcoming reissue of “Design your universe”, possible Uk dates, a 20th anniversary show and more. You’ve played Download …

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Download 2019 review

Friday Despite an early bus from Derby, the shuttle from the transport hub to the guest entrance resulted in a wait of an hour, so when I finally made it into the arena I’d missed the arrival of the Heavy Metal Truants after their cycle ride from London to raise …

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Sumo Cyco – Phase One Records – Liverpool – 13/06/2019

Anybody who knows about Sumo Cyco will know they are all about their fans. This was never more evident than when myself and my trusted wingman caught up with them at Phase One Records in Liverpool. After we’d had a chat (see Sty’s interview with them) we headed on inside …

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Kilonova – Interview

UK  riff-slingers KILONOVA unleash their enticing EP, Omnicide, through all digital outlets on Friday 12th July. The UK newcomers have just revealed a stream of their new track, Straight To Hell – https://youtu.be/AMX_5wC0NrE . We sat down the band for a chat and here’s what happened:   What is the …

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Maziac – Interview

MAZIAC step up with the release of their stunning track, Escapism, taken from their explosive forthcoming new album, Forged, which lands on Friday 5th July.   We asked the guys to introduce themselves:   What is the full band line-up, who sings and who plays which instrument? Tony Best – …

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Neil Crud – Exclusive Interview

A couple of weeks ago I managed to catch some quality time with one of the most influential music figures in North Wales. Neil Crud has spent all his life involved in music, and I get an insight into his past, present, and future to find out what makes Neil …

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Rockin the Blues – Forum, London – 4th June 2019

Last year’s Rockin the blues even was a great night, and this year promised to be even better. The bill featured Kris Barras, Walter Trout and Jonny Lang, with each getting their own set and the finale being a jam featuring all of them. The venue this year was The …

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Stereophonics – Venue Cymru, Llandudno 24/05/19

Venue Cymru in Llandudno has two areas. A Theatre and an event arena. I’ve visited the Theatre part here a couple of times. More recently just a few weeks ago to watch the hilarious ‘Benidorm‘  live show, but this is my first taste of a live gig here and indeed, …

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Out Cold – Interview

UK punk pop crew OUT COLD are currently making a name for themselves. The Londoners have just released their engulfing new single, Break Me Down, out now via all platforms. We asked the guys to introduce themselves:   What Is the Full Band line-up, who sings & who plays which …

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Twisted Illusion – Star And Garter, Manchester.

I had not planned to review this gig but being the last date on the tour and also no support bands meant that over two hours of music was promised by Twisted Illusion so it would be a shame to not document it. Notes were kept to a minimum so …

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Hollowstar – Star And Garter, Manchester.

Two gigs in two days for me at the Star And Garter, a new venue to me and very impressed with the acoustics, atmosphere and the bands they have playing there. Headliners Hollowstar were supported strongly by Florence Black and gig openers Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts who warmed a …

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