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Krokodil – Nachash

Krokodil – Nachash

It always gives a new band an extra edge and causes the ears of music journos to prick up when they have a member that’s doing overtime in another band – a band that is legendary and almost peerless in the modern metal scene. So I have high hopes for Krokodil bearing in mind they […]

By Dewie
December 20, 2014 | 3 Comments

Slash featuring Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators @ Manchester Arena – November 28, 2014

Slash featuring Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators @ Manchester Arena – November 28, 2014

Right from the announcement of this tour, I wondered about how they would do this in an arena setting. Sure, the two main members have been there done that when it comes to arena shows. But this was a big step up for this particular act. Twenty Two Hundred opened the three-band bill. The Australian […]

By Steve Fallows
December 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

In This Moment – Black Widow

In This Moment – Black Widow

What’s clear upon a first listen of In This Moment‘s “Black Widow”, and for first listeners, is the extraordinary voice of Maria Brink. Whilst singing normally she displays an exceptional range but can flip the switch and turn into a wailing banshee upon demand; the rasp she adds on the more powerful notes, see ‘The Fighter‘, are fantastic. […]

By Aidan Clucas
December 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Whitesnake – Live in 1984: Back to the Bone

Whitesnake – Live in 1984: Back to the Bone

Before the coats got long and flouncy, the hair got big and bouncy and the videos became littered with a gyrating Kitaen, Whitesnake were simple, no-frills, bluesy hard rock and they were untouchable. Whilst I don’t dislike their late ’80s/early ’90s shiny metal anthems and the hard rock meets hair-rock thrusting, there was something really […]

By Dewie
December 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

Raging Speedhorn @ The Alma Inn, Bolton – October 31, 2014

Raging Speedhorn @ The Alma Inn, Bolton – October 31, 2014

Halloween night, and one of the biggest shows that the Alma Inn has hosted, as the recently reunited Raging Speedhorn visit as a warm up for the main stage appearance at Damnation Festival in Leeds the following day. Following on from other big shows such as San Francisco hardcore band First Blood and Bam Margera’s […]

By Steve Fallows
December 16, 2014 | 2 Comments

Nero Di Marte – Derivae

Nero Di Marte – Derivae

The second best thing to have ever come out of Bologna (sorry gents – I have ridden a Ducati and as much as I love your band…you know) Murder Therapy were an intriguing prospect. Dark, brooding and intense they were clearly on a path to something very special. Having mutated into Nero Di Marte and […]

By Dewie
December 15, 2014 | 3 Comments

AC/DC – Rock or Bust

AC/DC – Rock or Bust

Plenty of people accuse of AC/DC of releasing the same album since the titanic “Back in Black”. It’s a fair argument but that doesn’t stop them from having a great number of classic tracks released in the period. “Rock or Bust” follows a similar trend of having an album with a couple great party anthems, amongst a huge mixed […]

By Aidan Clucas
December 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Quireboys – This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll II

The Quireboys – This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll II

Self-confessed devotees of early British 1970’s rock The Quireboys have been strutting their stuff on and off for 30 years. Quite literally, they have been making music of a bygone era because they love it and no one else was doing it when they formed back in 1984. Despite a fair amount of line up changes […]

By Andy Little
December 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Scott Ian – Swearing Words In Glasgow (DVD)

Scott Ian – Swearing Words In Glasgow (DVD)

Filmed during his run of shows in the UK in 2013, this document of the Glasgow show of that tour is a collection of anecdotes and memories about life on the road with one of the most enduring and celebrated characters in metal. During his 30 year career, Scott Ian he been there done that, […]

By Steve Fallows
December 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Carcass @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI  – November 11, 2014

Carcass @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI – November 11, 2014

Ever since Carcass released their masterpiece album “Surgical Steel”, I’ve been waiting for the band to make a tour stop in Michigan. It was a long wait, but thank the Metal Gods they finally announced a stop at my favorite venue, the Intersection in Grand Rapids, on November 11, 2014. I arrived at the venue […]

By Patrick Thompson
December 10, 2014 | 4 Comments

Kerbdog, Amplifier & Hawk Eyes @ The Forum, London – November 11, 2014

Kerbdog, Amplifier & Hawk Eyes @ The Forum, London – November 11, 2014

It’s a wet Sunday evening in Kentish Town. I’ve got a cold, I’m soaked and I’m late for the first band. Whose bright idea was it to start a gig at 5pm anyway? Not the most auspicious of starts but handing my sodden coat into the cloakroom and grabbing a Guinness improve matters considerably. Hawk […]

By Chris McGarel
December 10, 2014 | 12 Comments

Sguaguarahchristis – Der Nacht

Sguaguarahchristis – Der Nacht

Sguaguarahchristis are a three-piece black metal band from Italy, and “Der Nacht” is the second full-length release in the three-year existence in the bands existence (the band was originally formed as a solo project by the late J. J. Nehero back in 2008). The current line up of Pesten Antilight (vocals, bass, guitars, synth). Abraxas […]

By Steve Fallows
December 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Rise Of The North Star – Welcame

Rise Of The North Star – Welcame

Remember Anthrax & Public Enemy? Remember the Judgment Night soundtrack (check it out if you have never heard it)? Remember when the worlds of hip hop and metal collaborated freely and pleased fans of both genres before nu metal came along and ruined it. Well, crossover crew Rise Of The North Star my be a […]

By Steve Fallows
December 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Carcass – Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel

Carcass – Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel

With last years excellent comeback album “Surgical Steel” still fresh in everyone’s mind, Liverpool’s Carcass have brought together an EP that features various bonus tracks from the various different versions of the album along with some unreleased material, titled “Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel”. The five track release begins with ‘A Wraith In The Apparatus’ […]

By Steve Fallows
December 7, 2014 | 3 Comments

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

Originally meant as experimentation as Spider Kitten prepared for a new album, this material wasn’t expected o see the light of day. “Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree” is a collection of three tracks that had only been jammed once before entering the studio to record them. The resulting EP, although very different to […]

By Steve Fallows
December 7, 2014 | 5 Comments

Mastodon @ Manchester Academy – November 24, 2014

Mastodon @ Manchester Academy – November 24, 2014

Georgian progressive metal titans Mastodon share the bill with Krokodil and Big Business at the Manchester Academy. This night sees Mastodon up against some really strong bands and has the possibility of delivering an ear drum shattering experience. First band on the bill are rising British bringers of the riff Krokodil, who coming off the back […]

By Danny O'Brien
December 6, 2014 | 4 Comments

Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial

Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial

Texan occultists Ancient VVisdom have returned with their third full-length album “Sacrificial”, the follow-up to last year’s well-received “Deathlike“, and, to put it frankly, it’s a corker. In the field of occult rock/metal there are many who try to evoke an atmosphere of mysticism and black magic but never really hit their mark, usually by […]

By Chris Ward
December 5, 2014 | 3 Comments

Jesus Fucking Christ – Homophobia Is Like Totally Gay

Jesus Fucking Christ – Homophobia Is Like Totally Gay

Jesus Fucking Christ is the brainchild of Norway’s ‘one-man wrecking crew’ Remi Semshaug Langseth, and this E.P. “Homophobia is Like Totally Gay”, is his debut. The name, he says, is all about an evocation of surprise and awe but you suspect if it pisses people off then it’s a bonus. His sound is described as […]

By Chris Ball
December 4, 2014 | 1 Comment

Monster Magnet – Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol

Monster Magnet – Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol

Dave Wyndorf’s led space patrollers Monster Magnet’s ”The Last Patrol” album is one of my best albums released in 2013, which was a very competitive year for the annual honours list. As the title makes clear this is a re-working of that said album. I had some trepidation that this might be a hotchpotch of alternative […]

By Andy Little
December 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral

Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral

Personally I’m not keen on the word ‘supergroup’ as it conjures up images of washed-up musicians being put together by a music mogul for some sort of lowest common denominator talent (and I use the word loosely) show. Cynical? Perhaps, but you only have to look at the state of the music industry to see […]

By Chris Ward
December 3, 2014 | 6 Comments

Krokodil – Nachash
Krokodil – Nachash

It always gives a new band an extra edge and causes the ears of music journos to prick up when they have a member that’s doing overtime in another band – a band that is legendary and almost peerless in the modern metal scene. So I have high hopes for Krokodil bearing in mind they […]

Slash featuring Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators @ Manchester Arena – November 28, 2014
Slash featuring Miles Kennedy & The Conspirators @ Manchester Arena – November 28, 2014

Right from the announcement of this tour, I wondered about how they would do this in an arena setting. Sure, the two main members have been there done that when it comes to arena shows. But this was a big step up for this particular act. Twenty Two Hundred opened the three-band bill. The Australian […]

In This Moment – Black Widow
In This Moment – Black Widow

What’s clear upon a first listen of In This Moment‘s “Black Widow”, and for first listeners, is the extraordinary voice of Maria Brink. Whilst singing normally she displays an exceptional range but can flip the switch and turn into a wailing banshee upon demand; the rasp she adds on the more powerful notes, see ‘The Fighter‘, are fantastic. […]

Whitesnake – Live in 1984: Back to the Bone
Whitesnake – Live in 1984: Back to the Bone

Before the coats got long and flouncy, the hair got big and bouncy and the videos became littered with a gyrating Kitaen, Whitesnake were simple, no-frills, bluesy hard rock and they were untouchable. Whilst I don’t dislike their late ’80s/early ’90s shiny metal anthems and the hard rock meets hair-rock thrusting, there was something really […]

Raging Speedhorn @ The Alma Inn, Bolton – October 31, 2014
Raging Speedhorn @ The Alma Inn, Bolton – October 31, 2014

Halloween night, and one of the biggest shows that the Alma Inn has hosted, as the recently reunited Raging Speedhorn visit as a warm up for the main stage appearance at Damnation Festival in Leeds the following day. Following on from other big shows such as San Francisco hardcore band First Blood and Bam Margera’s […]

Nero Di Marte – Derivae
Nero Di Marte – Derivae

The second best thing to have ever come out of Bologna (sorry gents – I have ridden a Ducati and as much as I love your band…you know) Murder Therapy were an intriguing prospect. Dark, brooding and intense they were clearly on a path to something very special. Having mutated into Nero Di Marte and […]

AC/DC – Rock or Bust
AC/DC – Rock or Bust

Plenty of people accuse of AC/DC of releasing the same album since the titanic “Back in Black”. It’s a fair argument but that doesn’t stop them from having a great number of classic tracks released in the period. “Rock or Bust” follows a similar trend of having an album with a couple great party anthems, amongst a huge mixed […]

The Quireboys – This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll II
The Quireboys – This Is Rock ‘n’ Roll II

Self-confessed devotees of early British 1970’s rock The Quireboys have been strutting their stuff on and off for 30 years. Quite literally, they have been making music of a bygone era because they love it and no one else was doing it when they formed back in 1984. Despite a fair amount of line up changes […]

Scott Ian – Swearing Words In Glasgow (DVD)
Scott Ian – Swearing Words In Glasgow (DVD)

Filmed during his run of shows in the UK in 2013, this document of the Glasgow show of that tour is a collection of anecdotes and memories about life on the road with one of the most enduring and celebrated characters in metal. During his 30 year career, Scott Ian he been there done that, […]

Carcass @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI  – November 11, 2014
Carcass @ The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI – November 11, 2014

Ever since Carcass released their masterpiece album “Surgical Steel”, I’ve been waiting for the band to make a tour stop in Michigan. It was a long wait, but thank the Metal Gods they finally announced a stop at my favorite venue, the Intersection in Grand Rapids, on November 11, 2014. I arrived at the venue […]

Kerbdog, Amplifier & Hawk Eyes @ The Forum, London – November 11, 2014
Kerbdog, Amplifier & Hawk Eyes @ The Forum, London – November 11, 2014

It’s a wet Sunday evening in Kentish Town. I’ve got a cold, I’m soaked and I’m late for the first band. Whose bright idea was it to start a gig at 5pm anyway? Not the most auspicious of starts but handing my sodden coat into the cloakroom and grabbing a Guinness improve matters considerably. Hawk […]

Sguaguarahchristis – Der Nacht
Sguaguarahchristis – Der Nacht

Sguaguarahchristis are a three-piece black metal band from Italy, and “Der Nacht” is the second full-length release in the three-year existence in the bands existence (the band was originally formed as a solo project by the late J. J. Nehero back in 2008). The current line up of Pesten Antilight (vocals, bass, guitars, synth). Abraxas […]

Rise Of The North Star – Welcame
Rise Of The North Star – Welcame

Remember Anthrax & Public Enemy? Remember the Judgment Night soundtrack (check it out if you have never heard it)? Remember when the worlds of hip hop and metal collaborated freely and pleased fans of both genres before nu metal came along and ruined it. Well, crossover crew Rise Of The North Star my be a […]

Carcass – Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel
Carcass – Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel

With last years excellent comeback album “Surgical Steel” still fresh in everyone’s mind, Liverpool’s Carcass have brought together an EP that features various bonus tracks from the various different versions of the album along with some unreleased material, titled “Surgical Remission / Surplus Steel”. The five track release begins with ‘A Wraith In The Apparatus’ […]

Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree
Spider Kitten – Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree

Originally meant as experimentation as Spider Kitten prepared for a new album, this material wasn’t expected o see the light of day. “Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree” is a collection of three tracks that had only been jammed once before entering the studio to record them. The resulting EP, although very different to […]

Mastodon @ Manchester Academy – November 24, 2014
Mastodon @ Manchester Academy – November 24, 2014

Georgian progressive metal titans Mastodon share the bill with Krokodil and Big Business at the Manchester Academy. This night sees Mastodon up against some really strong bands and has the possibility of delivering an ear drum shattering experience. First band on the bill are rising British bringers of the riff Krokodil, who coming off the back […]

Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial
Ancient VVisdom – Sacrificial

Texan occultists Ancient VVisdom have returned with their third full-length album “Sacrificial”, the follow-up to last year’s well-received “Deathlike“, and, to put it frankly, it’s a corker. In the field of occult rock/metal there are many who try to evoke an atmosphere of mysticism and black magic but never really hit their mark, usually by […]

Jesus Fucking Christ – Homophobia Is Like Totally Gay
Jesus Fucking Christ – Homophobia Is Like Totally Gay

Jesus Fucking Christ is the brainchild of Norway’s ‘one-man wrecking crew’ Remi Semshaug Langseth, and this E.P. “Homophobia is Like Totally Gay”, is his debut. The name, he says, is all about an evocation of surprise and awe but you suspect if it pisses people off then it’s a bonus. His sound is described as […]

Monster Magnet – Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol
Monster Magnet – Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol

Dave Wyndorf’s led space patrollers Monster Magnet’s ”The Last Patrol” album is one of my best albums released in 2013, which was a very competitive year for the annual honours list. As the title makes clear this is a re-working of that said album. I had some trepidation that this might be a hotchpotch of alternative […]

Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral
Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral

Personally I’m not keen on the word ‘supergroup’ as it conjures up images of washed-up musicians being put together by a music mogul for some sort of lowest common denominator talent (and I use the word loosely) show. Cynical? Perhaps, but you only have to look at the state of the music industry to see […]

Volbeat & Hatebreed @ Manchester Academy – November 16, 2014
Volbeat & Hatebreed @ Manchester Academy – November 16, 2014

Two behemoths of the festival circuit emerge for their triumphant return to the UK. A little overhype maybe? Well you tell that to the people eagerly awaiting these two titans return to the UK. After laying waste to Download and Bloodstock festivals respectively, Danish rising stars Volbeat and hardcore heavyweights Hatebreed have united for what […]

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