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Author Charlie Rance

I have loved metal for ever and since I can’t play an instrument to save my life, I thought it best I write about music instead. I’m an office slave living in Cardiff, with a love of hair metal, power metal, cheesy 80s, black metal and battle metal. I dislike screamo, emo and all that funny haired pubescent crap. Interests include seeing live bands, drinking copious amounts of Jack Daniels, travelling and trying to meet as many awesome musicians as possible to put into a picture folder of “Cool Bastards”. One day I will get to meet my heroes Zakk Wylde and Nikki Sixx (In my dreams) and bung them in there too!

Helloween – My God Given Right (Nuclear Blast)

After several name changes and recruiting band members it was finally decided that the German power metal group would be named Helloween.  Many member changes followed including Michael Kiske who was replaced by Andi Deris. Since the start they have released… Continue Reading →

Korpiklaani – Noita (Nuclear Blast)

Finnish folk boozers Korpiklaani started out in 1993 under the name of ‘Shamaani Duo’ then later as ‘Shaman’ however this name was also that of a Brazilian metal band so they changed It again to ‘Korpiklaani’ meaning “Clan of the… Continue Reading →

Civil War – Gods and Generals ( Napalm)

After recording ‘Carolus Rex’, the 4 founding members of Sabaton decided to leave and created a new band ‘Civil War’.  They decided on the same themes of History and War and added vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson to spice things up. Their… Continue Reading →

Interview – Ensiferum

Having reviewed their latest album ‘One Man Army,’ I jumped at the chance of shooting some questions toward one of Ensiferum’s band members. Since liking Norther back in the day I thought it was only right to pick vocalist Petri… Continue Reading →

Moonspell – Extinct (Napalm)

This Portuguese band started out under the name ‘Morbid God’ playing folky black metal but thankfully later changing their name to Moonspell and directing their music style towards a more atmospheric feel. Their first taste of recording was on a… Continue Reading →

Ensiferum – One Man Army (Metal Blade)

Finland’s folksters Ensiferum meaning “Sword Bearer” started out in 1995 as a cover band with Wintersun’s Jari Mäenpää. However, Jari left in 2004 due to tour clashes with Wintersun. In came Petri Lindroos of Norther who originally only joined to… Continue Reading →

Ghost Brigade – One With The Storm (Season Of Mist)

With a cracking tour announced for February 2015, backed by metal mag titans Metal Hammer yet only one measly date in London? (13/2/15) it’s clear the Finnish metal mega minds Ghost Brigade are still wanting world domination and with 3… Continue Reading →

Dragonforce – Maximum Overload (earMusic)

Dragonforce (originally Dragonheart) were brought together in 1999 by Guitarist Herman Li and Sam Totman [we best not mention Demoniac eh? Ed].   Touring with the likes of Halford (that’s our Rob’s band) and Stratovarius earned them some street cred which led… Continue Reading →

Finntroll – Natten Med De Levande Finntroll ( Spinefarm)

Finnish, yep, long hair, yep, elfin looking folk, yep…. So ladies and gents, this is Finntroll. One of Finland’s finest exports. Yet mixing it up and singing in Swedish! What? Yes. The original vocalist Katla is part of the Swedish… Continue Reading →

Sabaton – Heroes (Nuclear Blast)

I won’t go too much into detail here, we all know Sabaton whether we love them or hate them, they’re everywhere! Since 1999 Sweden’s finest have been releasing music on war and dominating cities with their never-ending tours and appearances…. Continue Reading →

Mach 22 – Sweet Talk intervention (S/R)

A whopping 3 thousand bands performed to win guitar Centre’s ‘On Stage with Slash’ The big haired, top hat wearing, cool as a cucumber chap picked the bands himself which would bag them a tour support slot at the house… Continue Reading →

Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican (Mascot)

An unknown chap that could play guitar like a god heard that guitarist Jake E Lee had departed from Ozzy Osbourne. The man in question named Jeffrey Wielandt sent in a demo tape to Ozzy who then bagged an audition A… Continue Reading →

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