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Top Guns of Metal Outshine Each Other at HIGHWAY TO HELL VI

There’s been some criticism of band knockout contests over the years. But let’s be totally honest — without highly professional & properly organised events like HRH’s excellent annual Highway to Hell competitions — how the freakin’ heck are young bands supposed to burst out of their shells and onto the scene? Through hard work, you…

HAMMERFEST VII – Metal Marauders Festival Review

Those formidable American power metal-workers Kamelot could not have chosen a better name for their next album: HAVEN. Yes, the album will be out on May 5 and will be a conceptual re-telling of the poetic account of their exploits and battles fought during the days spent at the Haven Holiday Camp in Pwllheli, North Wales this year at HAMMERFEST VII – The Metal Marauders Festival…

HAMMERFEST Review

The Sun Shines on The Damned Hammerfest VI – Book of The dead – Haven Holiday Park – Wales 13TH – 16TH MARCH 2014 As the sun rose into the bleached sky – to burn our tired eyes – it was time to take stock of what we have become. It was time to celebrate…

Black Country Metal Fest III

Black Country Metal Fest III at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton Five piece metalcore act ‘XVII’ from Kidderminster had already played at Wolverhampton’s notoriously splendid Slade Rooms when they supported ‘The Defiled’ back in May 2013. Appetizing, stonking riffs and unabashed cockiness are the name of the game for these guys – it’s all fast, frantic…

HARD ROCK HELL 7

This year’s HARD ROCK HELL 7 – billed as the “Cirque du Rock” became a series of exciting discoveries and largely unexpected unearthings – especially for those thrill-seekers (like me) who enjoy the adventure of experimenting with new sounds and discovering new sensations. So, for example, newcomers the ‘Screaming Eagles’ gained tremendous recognition for their…

The Jokers Live at HRH VII

The Jokers first burst out of the starting blocks with their debut album, ‘The Big Rock ‘N’ Roll Show’ in 2009. They then spent two years on the road building up a substantial live following supporting the likes of Hawkwind, Y&T, Argent, Anvil and Fozzy. The band are now a formidably tight team consisting of…

Highway To Hell 2013 Glasgow

It was a close-run thing. This year eighteen bands made it to the Glasgow finals of the Highway to Hell – for round 4. This is the annual competition where successful artists gain a slot at Hard Rock Hell – as well as a multitude of other valuable career-boosting opportunities …  a world-wide recording contract,…