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Anti-Nowhere League – 100 Club, London, 24th April 2014

I first saw the Anti-Nowhere League (ANL) by accident (or divine intervention) at Ivory Blacks in Glasgow back in March 2011. I had to go to Glasgow so had a look to see what was going on, saw ANL were playing, watched ‘So What’ on YouTube, decided it would be …

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Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain

I have been into Black Stone Cherry ever since the release of “Folklore and Superstition” several years ago. Now with the release of their fourth album “Magic Mountain” imminent, how have things developed since I first discovered this band? One thing that is very noticeable from the off is that …

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Corpsessed-Abysmal Thresholds

  Hailing from Järvenpää Finland Corpsessed released their first full length album Abysmal Thresholds by Dark Descent Records on the 4th of February 2014. Artwork by Danille Gauvin. Now I have never claimed to be good at reviews, sometimes you just can’t get into an album enough to right something …

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Drudkh / Winterfylleth – ‘Thousands of Moons Ago’ / ‘The Gates’

Drudhk Winterfyleth Split EP Artwork

This four track split EP – appropriately limited to 666 12” pressings – sees mysterious Ukrainian black metal overlords Drudkh teaming with their English pagan counterparts Winterfylleth to deliver a collection of four cover versions. Drudkh explore the darkest depths of the eastern European underground for their triptych of contributions, …

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Zodiac – A Hiding Place

German rock band Zodiac released their sophomore album A Hiding Place on 29th October 2013 via Napalm records. Their debut album ‘A Bit of a Devil’ having been released in 2012. A Hiding Place gets off to a rousing start with Downtown with a good beat, good rhythm, good riffs. …

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The Mission / Fields of the Nephilim – O2 Academy Glasgow

A  cold wet Saturday finds me standing outside the O2 Academy in Glasgow for the highly anticipated Fields of the Nephilim / Mission gig. I heard about this gig last year in Birmingham when Wayne Hussey announced it on stage, could it be true my two favourite Goth bands on …

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I AM I – See You Again (Single Review)

I AM I released their new single See You Again as a digital download on 11th November 2013. Former Dragonforce frontman ZP Theart formed I AM I after leaving Dragonforce. ZP assembled a line up of talented and renowned musicians to put together new project I AM I. The lineup …

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NiteRain – Crossfire

NiteRain a promising Glam/Sleaze band from Oslo, Norway released their début album NiteRain last month. The idea for the band came from singer Sebastian (Baz) Tvedtnæs back in 2006 and he joined forces with a classmate. However the band really started out in 2010 when Frank and Morten joined with Adrian …

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Michael Monroe – Cathouse Glasgow Review

A cold Friday at the end of November finds me back in the Cathouse in Glasgow for the UK leg of Michael Monroe’s Horn’s and Halo’s world tour, but the temperature doesn’t matter when for my money you have one of the best front men in the rock scene at …

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Afterlife – Omega

I have followed the band Afterlife for just about a year now, ever since I was impressed by their sounds and performance watching them live at The Classic Grand. One EP “Alpha”, several live performances later, and having been holed up writing and recording by the picturesque Loch Fyne in …

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Place Vendome: Thunder in the Distance

Thunder in the Distance is the third album from melodic hard rock project Place Vendome. Released by Frontiers Records on 1st November 2013, Place Vendome being the brainchild of their President, Serafino Perugino. Fronted by Michael Kiske former vocalist for German rock band Helloween and alos for Avantasia and Unisonic. …

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Asomvel – Knuckle Duster

Formed in 1993 by the late Jay-Jay Winter and Lenny Robinson. Tragically Jay-Jay was involved in a fatal car crash in October 2010, a terrible loss which could leave a band deciding to call it a day. However as AC/DC found Brian Johnson after the death of  Bon Scott, Asomvel …

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Sumosluts – Fat.Hot.Sexy

German Stoner Rock band Sumosluts released their third album Fat.Hot.Sexy on Friday 13th September 2013 on Noisehead Records. Formed in Bamburg, Germany in 2010 their Debut album ‘An Awesome Piece of Shit‘ was released in 2011, followed by ‘Time To Freak Out‘ in 2012 and now ‘Fat.Hot.Sexy‘ When I hear …

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Breached – ‘Left Behind’ EP

Breached - Left Behind Single Artwork

Hailing from Toronto, Breached – right from the opening bars of the title track of this five-song EP – are a band who it is extremely difficult to pigeonhole… and most definitely not in a bad way. Leaning quite heavily on the post-grunge sound of the likes of Alice In …

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Kobra and the Lotus – Alter Ego, Manchester: 5th November 2013

Kobra and the Lotus – Alter Ego, Manchester: 5th November 2013

Alter Ego on Princess Street, Manchester was the basement venue where tonight’s bonfire night gig was taking place. Consisting or a warren of rooms with a bar to the left, as you enter, and a stage to the right, with the only access to the stage being across the dance …

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Buffalo Summer – Buffalo Summer

When we talk about bands and music, bands who are real and step up to the mark. Bands who provide sounds that seem old, familiar but also fresh, vibrant and put on that awesome live performance. Of recent times The Answer and Rival Sons are names that spring to my …

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Paradise Lost Tragic Illusion Tour- Glasgow 31/10/13

Paradise Lost Tragic Illusion Tour- Glasgow 31/10/13

Halloween 2013 finds me back in Glasgow joining Sheila for Paradise Lost’s ‘Tragic Illusion’ tour to celebrate the bands 25th year in the music industry. For this short tour of the UK the band have brought special guest Katatonia from Sweden and Lacuna Coil from Italy to join them on …

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Sideburn-Electrify cd

Switzerland based rockers ‘Sideburn’ have just released “Electrify”, their first since the lineup change way back in 2012, three young guns in the form of Lawrence Lina with Mike Riffart on Guitars and Bass player Nick Thornton joined the old pro’s Roland Pierrehumbert on Vocals, and Lionel Blanc on Drums to bring …

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Cage The Gods Interview/Review – The Garage, Glasgow – 22/10/2013

Cage The Gods Interview/Review – The Garage, Glasgow – 22/10/2013

I interviewed two members of blues hard rockers Cage The Gods, who were supporting The Answer at The Garage venue in Glasgow, Scotland. Accumulating from all corners of the UK, I spoke with Welsh Bass player Mitch Witham, along with recent young English addition Colin Jones, who replaces the disappearing …

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Volbeat – Manchester Academy, 18th October 2013

I caught Danish Rock Band Volbeat at Manchester Academy during their ‘Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies’ tour. With American metal band Iced Earth as the main support act and London based Punk Rockers The Howling being opening act on the UK leg of the tour I was expecting a spectacular show …

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