Author: Simon Crampton

Altered Sky – Without Wonderland

There is a lot of pop punk in the world, some of it is good and some of it is, well, not so good! One band that has fully grasped a handle of how to make pop punk that actually means something is Glasgow’s own Altered Sky, have released one of the years hidden gems with their debut album “Without Wonderland,” an album that completely took me by surprise. The great thing about Altered Sky is that they put brains and hearts front and centre in their music, this isn’t dumb music about partying and talking to crushes. There...

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Marilyn Manson & Krokodil @ Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London – November 19, 2015

As Charles Baudelaire once wrote “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. For over 20 years Marilyn Manson has been trying to convince the world the devil is real and he walks amongst us. While many people attempt to demystify the devil, many could argue that he only grew stronger. With that said, there was a time when Marilyn Manson nearly became a victim of his own fame and virtually pissed it all away with a string of throwaway albums and erratic, shambolic live performances showing him up no end. But as they...

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Sikth – Opacities

Back in the day when I first started going to gigs, circa 2002-2003, there was one band I saw more than any other, and that was Sikth, who supported pretty much anyone and everyone in the scene at the time. I think at one point they were the Wedgewood Rooms support band of choice, but they were blowing people away left, right and centre. Just as nu-metal was hitting its zeneth, Sikth were doing something so off the wall and completely different that they stood out like a sore thumb and rightfully so. If not for them many of...

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Megadeth, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom & Sylosis @ SSE Arena, Wembley – November 14, 2015

Tonight marked a night that metal fans have been longing for. As someone who grew up in the Headbangers Ball era, Megadeth were one of the first metal bands being properly exposed to at a young age. Most significantly, through footage from the Clash of the Titans show that happened at Wembley Arena in 1990 alongside Slayer and Alice In Chains. Somewhat surprisingly, it was only the third time Megadeth have played Wembley Arena and the second time as headliners. But. it’s the lineup that really got the juices flowing. This is a lineup akin to one the band took out...

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