As a lifelong Maiden fan I’ve always wanted to meet any of the guys but also aware that I may be a bit star struck if I ever did. I, therefore, was filled with both excitement and trepidation when I was approved to review Steve Harris’s British Lion. They had …Read More »
The Agonist, Academy 2, Manchester – 3rd December 2019
When I reviewed The Agonists new album Orphans earlier in the year I was totally blown away. The song writing was thoughtful and thought provoking, the vocals ranged from angelic to demonic and the complex musicianship kept me going back to listen to each song over and over again. I …Read More »
Periphery – O2 Ritz Manchester – 14th November 2019
Periphery are, what I would call, a snowball band. Let me explain, formed in 2005 they have got bigger and bigger until one day they bowled me over (imagine arms and legs flailing as a giant ball of snow rolls down a hill). Joking aside, I first heard Periphery on …Read More »
Greta Van Fleet – Liverpool Guild of Students – 9th November 2019
Now I know what some of you are going to say, but before you start. Yes they do remind me of a certain rock group of the 70’s. The thing is I don’t care. I think, along with a lot of other people that Greta Van Fleet are amazing. Back …Read More »
Static-X – Manchester Ritz – 3rd October 2019
Unfortunately, as I live over the border in Wales there was no way I could get from work to Manchester for Dope’s opening set. My apology’s guys catch you next time. Now, there are good supporting bands. Sometimes there are great bands. Then occasionally you get a band who, not only …Read More »
Rammstein – Milton Keynes – Saturday 6th July 2019
I normally avoid arena and stadium gigs like the plague but if one band was going to change my mind, then it has to be Rammstein, especially as they are only doing one UK gig here in 2019. Tickets were bought last November and the last eight months have seemed …Read More »
Sumo Cyco – Phase One Records – Liverpool – 13/06/2019
Anybody who knows about Sumo Cyco will know they are all about their fans. This was never more evident than when myself and my trusted wingman caught up with them at Phase One Records in Liverpool. After we’d had a chat (see Sty’s interview with them) we headed on inside …Read More »
Twisted Illusion – Star And Garter, Manchester.
I had not planned to review this gig but being the last date on the tour and also no support bands meant that over two hours of music was promised by Twisted Illusion so it would be a shame to not document it. Notes were kept to a minimum so …Read More »
Hollowstar – Star And Garter, Manchester.
Two gigs in two days for me at the Star And Garter, a new venue to me and very impressed with the acoustics, atmosphere and the bands they have playing there. Headliners Hollowstar were supported strongly by Florence Black and gig openers Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts who warmed a …Read More »
Falling Eden – The Underground, Stoke.
Considering this was only the second Falling Eden gig, the first being way back in August 2018, they may have been nervous being first on a three band bill but any doubts were blown away as they tore into set opener ‘Falling Eden’. Their debut album Our Time Is Coming …Read More »
RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day Two.
Ding ding! Round 1 of day 2 and first band of the day, London based District 13 gave us a highly entertaining nonet of songs considering they had been on the road since 4am. A dizzying array of musical dishes was served up for Sunday lunch as they kicked off …Read More »
RockForce Festival – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool, Day One.
Festival organizer Martin Short has a change of name for his annual festival and venue for 2019 so the Badass Bash now became Rockforce Festival and it was certainly a force to be reckoned with as 16 bands, all playing for free shook the rafters of the Waterloo Music Bar …Read More »
Rival Sons O2 Academy Leeds – 4th February 2019
Canadian blues rockers Sheepdogs support Rival Sons during their extensive 26 date tour of the UK, Europe and USA. Sheepdogs Sounding Southern blues, you might mistake Sheepdogs for being wholeheartedly American but this pack originates from Saskatoon, Canada. They gained themselves popularity by being one of the first unsigned bands …Read More »
Last Great Dreamers – The Corporation, Sheffield – 9th December 2018
Sunday night at The Corporation, Sheffield and Last Great Dreamers are putting on a Christmas show with special guests Leeds own Boomville which features guitarist Mark Yates of Terrorvision fame. And they’ve also brought along with them compere and comedian Pete K Mally. It’s not every day you have a compere …Read More »
The Dead Daisies and The Amorettes – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, 27th July 2018
Tonight I headed out to The Picturedrome in Holmfirth as The Dead Daisies brought their Summer Tour 2018 to Yorkshire. The Dead Daisies aren’t actually a group, as such, but a collective of musicians assembled, only five years ago, by David Lowy and Jon Stevens. The Antipodean Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller? As …Read More »
Sky Valley Mistress – Percy’s, Whitchurch, 25/05/2018
Jamming jamming jamming! Sky Valley Mistress jammed more than Hartley’s during their seventeen song marathon set at Percy’s last night. A little gem of a venue with corrugated iron walls and roof providing great acoustics for the seismic music the band create. Forget Marvels Fantastic Four, these are the real …Read More »
Airbourne – O2 Ritz, Manchester: 26th November 2016
On a frosty winter’s day in Manchester, three bands from three different continents Europe, North America and Australia descended upon the O2 Ritz for a sell-out show. First up at 6:20 pm, and a little too early for many revellers, came ‘all girl garage group’ The Franklys, although they’re based …Read More »
Reading Festival, 2016 – PlanetMosh Review
When one thinks of ‘PlanetMosh’, Reading Festival is not always the pinnacle event that may spring to mind – but surprisingly, Reading and Leeds have diversified more and more into our alternative subculture, making the idea of spending August bank holiday weekend in a field surrounded by citizens of the …Read More »
Soilwork – Death Resonance
Death Resonance from Soilwork is a collection of tracks that probably should not work but does in a kind of strange way. Two new offerings, Helsinki and Death Resonance, along with 13 rare, previously unreleased and remixed tracks gives us an opportunity to hear how the Soilwork sound has progressed over the years. Normally you may wonder as …Read More »
Headless Kross – Belfast, Voodoo – 30 July 2016
For Glaswegian doom mongers Headless Kross, their annual trips to the island of Ireland have become something of a pilgrimage. This evening their latest visit is well-rewarded, as, despite the gig’s early hour, Voodoo’s intimate upstairs club is rammed almost to capacity with those who enjoy their rock at the …Read More »