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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,…

WOLFSBANE Live at Tamworth

You love metal. Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this. But when someone asks you why you love it so much – What do you say? We just say “Wolfsbane.” Because this is the band that always manage to tick every one of our boxes. They fit ALL of the required parameters. Go through our Metal…

Bleed From Within Live at Redfest

British deathcore band ‘ Bleed From Within ‘ was formed in Glasgow in 2005. After earning their licentiate nobly – by ardently covering Lamb Of God songs – the band went on to support Sylosis and While She Sleeps on UK tours. In March 2013, the band completed a major European tour supporting Testament. They…

The Kix – Raised on Rock & Roll

Temperatures were already running high at this weekend’s simmeringly hot Rock & Bike Fest at the superb Carnfield Hall venue in Carnfield Hill, South Normanton.  That was even before The Kix – a female 3 piece rock band from South Wales – came to the stage in their see-through stockinet shirts and unfeasibly tight jeans…

DAMAGED STOCK 2013 Charity Metal All-Dayer

Everyone loves an Evil Scarecrow. And if you do not already deeply respect this legendary group of miscreant evil-doers and over-dramatic ne’er-do-wells, well, now is the time to show some big love for ‘Nottingham’s finest Parody Metal Band’. Because last Saturday on the 13th April the crazy bunch of misfits created, hosted and headlined an…

BLACK COUNTRY Metal Fest 2013

Last weekend The Robin 2 venue, along with the Midlands Metalheads Radio Station presented a magnificent festival of metal mayhem.     Kicking things off at the fantastic Robin 2 venue in Bilston – with a blistering attack – was the Dead Star Coalition lads with their cruiser-weight sounds and their gargantuan giant-screen vocals. Crowds gradually…

THE TREATMENT Leave London’s Ears Bleeding

At a time when rock music is defined on the basis of specific genres or sub-genres, it’s refreshing for a new band to come along that we are happy to describe as simply ‘rock’ … and when the band-members in question are only – on average – 18 years old, the project becomes very interesting…

EPICA Requiem for the Indifferent Live at Robin 2 Bilston

The music of Dutch symphonic metal band Epica was once described by their former guitarist Ad Sluijter as the “Bridge between power metal and gothic metal“ (April 2003). We were lucky enough to enjoy the band as they explored this ‘bridge’ at their enthralling and astonishing performance at Bilston’s famous Robin 2 venue this week.…

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE Hammered Again at Underworld Camden

When 4WD jackknifed into our lives back in 2009 we were completely banjaxed by the sheer scale of their sound, and the ferocity of their devastating live attack. Their musical performance is brutal, archaic, brash rock. It was created for the masses out there who still love AC / DC and the Stones. Last year…

PIG IRON at Hard Rock Hell VI – Live Review

We admit it. We love Pig Irön. They kinda summarize all we like about sweat-soaked blues rock. They sound fuzzy – like vintage Sabbath. But they also sound clawingly metallic – like early Zeppelin. The most important thing is, they really know how to write songs. They have gradually matured – like a fine bourbon…