Author: Chris Ward

Orange Goblin, Gentlemans Pistols & Vandaliers @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – 3 December, 2015

It’s December and touring season is upon us once again, so it is with a bit of frustration that the trip up the A449 to Wolverhampton on a cold and wet Thursday evening is a slow one, as the thought of seeing one of the UK’s finest metal bands laying waste to The Slade Rooms whilst having to endure the rush hour traffic first is proving to be very testing. Eventually getting inside the venue there is the matter of the support acts before the main event, and first up tonight is local band Vandaliers who provide a solid...

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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced ‘Leh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd & Second Helping Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre

Whilst setting up the page for this review I went to YouTube to find a clip and made the mistake of scrolling down to look at some of the comments, and as usual there were plenty of people bemoaning the fact that this line-up of Lynyrd Skynyrd is not the original line-up – in other words not fronted by Ronnie Van Zant – and is therefore not worth listening to. In some ways it is understandable – as an example, this writer is guilty of publicly commenting on the current Guns N’ Roses circus doing the rounds – but...

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Husk Release Video For ‘Plague of Man’

Rising UK metallers Husk have released a brand new video for the song ‘Plague of Man’, from their EP of the same name released earlier this year. Check it out below. Having supported the likes of Soulfly and Biohazard on their recent UK tours and also performed at various festivals since their inception in 2012, Husk look ready to take the UK by storm with their crushing blend of power, groove and technical ability, and with debut EP “Plague of Man” gaining positive reviews then things can only get bigger and better for the Wolverhampton four-piece – you heard...

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The Decline of Western Civilization Complete Box Set

Chances are that if you’re into ‘alternative’ or subversive music then you’ve probably heard of director Penelope Spheeris‘ “The Decline of Western Civilization” trilogy of documentaries, or at least one of them. A snapshot of different youth cultures at different times, Spheeris doesn’t offer up that much of a narrative but rather points a camera at a few of the notable names in each scene and lets them do the talking to try and get to the heart of what they do and why they do it. The first documentary was filmed in 1981 at the height of the...

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Biohazard, Hostile, Husk & Rogue Reflection @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – July 8, 2015

The hallowed grounds of The Slade Rooms once again opens its doors for an evening of intense metal from one of the genre’s most revered names, namely US heavyweights Biohazard, but before the hardcore onslaught there are three choice support acts to enjoy. First up are Black Country metalcore band Rogue Reflection, who arrive onstage to about 20 people watching from the floor. Their sound is heavy and bouncy, drawing from the likes of Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God for influences, and by the time they finish their set with a cover of Killswitch‘s ‘Life To Lifeless’ they’ve...

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