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The Who – Live at the Isle of Wight 2004

When it comes to legendary bands, The Who are certainly one of the top names with a career that has spanned several decades  and seen their music as the soundtrack for moviews, as well as releasing a string of hits.  When the Isle of Wight festival was resurrected, it was …

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Status Quo – The Last night of the electrics

Last year Status Quo embarked on a tour that was intended to mark the end of an era – the final Status Quo tour with a full electric set.  In the end it became even more of an era ending tour as Rick Parfitt was forced to pull out due …

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Tangerine Dream – Particles

When Edgar Froese, the founder of Tangerine Dream died in 2015, many including myself wondered if that was the end of this pioneering band.  Happily it isn’t and the band are about to release a new album, their first since the death of Froese. I don’t think any band has …

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Kai Hansen & Friends – Thank you Wacken

German rock/metal legend Kai Hansen releases a live album later this month.  From Helloween to Gamma Ray and Unisonic, Kai Hansen has been a big part of the German (and international) music scene for over thirty years (hence the XXX title of his recent studio album). Last year at Wacken …

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Renegade priest – The Forest of Pi

Renegade Priest is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has been writing and recording songs for 30 years, but is only now releasing his debut album.  He’s not just a priest in the sense of his artist name – in his day job he’s a Church of England vicar. On the album …

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Ethos – Shade And Soil

      Ethos return to the limelight with their second full length album ‘Shade And Soil’ tucked firmly under their wing. Following on from 2012’s well received debut ‘Vessels’, writing actually began back in 2014, showing how much of a labour of love this album has become. The attention …

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Suffocation – …Of The Dark Light

New York’s Suffocation is one of a select few bands who sounds like itself. …Of The Dark Light, the act’s latest release, upholds the band’s mission of sonic destruction. This is a band who figured out it’s deadly sonic recipe early in it’s career, stuck with that formula, and is …

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Kreator – Endless Pain/Pleasure To Kill/Terrible Certainty/Extreme Aggression re-issues

A rightly deserved place in the big four bands of German thrash metal, Kreator have come a long way from their beginnings as Tyrant in 1982, then Tormentor, then Creator, the word chosen from ‘Mountains’, a Manowar song before finally settling with Kreator. On June 9th 2017, BMG will be …

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Apallic – Of Fate And Sanity

  Of Fate And Sanity is the debut album from progressive death metal band Apallic.  A follow up to their Somnium EP released in December 2015.  Hailing from the north west German town of Emden, the five piece, who formed in 2014, according to their website have produced an album the concept of which deals …

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Live in Birmingham 2016

Last year, Ritchie Blackmore made a long awaited return to rock after years of only playing folky medieval music with his band Blackmore’s night.  He played a tiny handful of gigs in Europe and none elsewhere, with a  new Rainbow lineup that featured an unknown singer, Ronnie Romero on vocals.  …

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Life of Agony – A Place Where There’s No More Pain

It has been 12 years since Life of Agony‘s last record and many question marks as to whether or not we would ever see another one. The re-energised band hit the festival circuit a few years back and proved without a doubt they were still a force that could cut …

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Twisted Illusion – Insight To The Mind Of A Million Faces

If you thought that Temples Of Artifice, the debut album from Twisted Illusion was as mad as the film One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, then the follow up double album Insight To The Mind Of A Million Faces sees the cuckoo laying a clutch of eggs in it and …

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Tequila Mockingbyrd – Fight and Flight

Tequila Mockingbyrd, an Australian three piece hard rock band released their debut album; ‘Fight And Flight’ via Off Yer Rocka on 24th March 2017 in the UK, alongside lead track ‘I Smell Rock N Roll’.  If you’ve got their debut EP T Byrds Are Go then you’ll already be familiar …

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Codex Alimentarius – The Infinite Growth Paradigm Vs Finite Resources (Mk II)

Well this certainly cleared a few insomnia fuelled cobwebs at 7am on a Sunday morning! The Infinite Growth Paradigm Vs Finite Resources (Mk II) from Exeter based Codex Alimentarius, formed in 2009 will be releasing this six track E.P on June 1st. Looking at the band line up saw me …

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Joe Bonamassa Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening

99% of Joe Bonamassa Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening is, without any shadow of doubt, the perfect recorded live experience, with the missing 1% coming down to the sheer jealousy reserved for those lucky enough to have actually been there. Ah well, at least the rest of us …

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The Birthday Massacre – Under Your Spell

Up for review today is the outstanding new album ‘Under Your Spell‘ from the incredibly talented ‘The Birthday Massacre‘. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the band here is a little background on their development and their exciting journey to date: in 1999 the band formed, independently produced …

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Papa Roach – Crooked Teeth

They might have been darlings of the nu-metal explosion in the early 00’s, but Papa Roach are a band who understand that times and trends move on and, have endeavoured to follow this over what is now a 24-year career. Evolving their sound from the huge riffs and rapped vocals …

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Body Count – Bloodlust

Since 1990, Ice- T has vehemently made a stand against authority with his band Body Count. Inspired by Black Sabbath, Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer, his lyrics deliver a much more powerful message than the watered down commercial rap that the radio force feeds us. The subject matter of his lyrics …

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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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Biters – The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

  Biters a Punk/Rock ‘n’ Roll band formed in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009 release their second album ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be‘ via Earache Records today (19th May 2017). This follows their critically acclaimed 2015 début album ‘Electric Blood’ and several EPs. Energetic live performances with tales of …

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