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Author Fraggle

Born in Liverpool and brought up on a healthy dose of classic rock, glam rock and hair metal, I could sing "The Jack" by AC/DC word for word as a 5 year old much to everyone's amusement.
Fast-forward a few years to age 14 and I've re-connected with my rock roots after a few questionable friends and influences. I got into metal via Nu-Metal at the end of the 90's and the turning point was getting a copy of "Reign in Blood" for my 16th birthday. Since then it's been metal all the way with a steady course of beer and Jack Daniels to compliment it.
Thrash is the go to genre for me, but I also have an appreciation of prog metal, classic rock, hard rock, power metal, death metal and stoner rock. Anything which has a great guitar sound or a groove you just have to bang your head to goes down well for me too. I play guitar and bass, mostly for the enjoyment of hassling the neighbours but I'd much rather be in the pit than on stage playing to it. As much as I love playing, listening to music is my passion as is expanding my ever growing music library.
At a gig I will no doubt be the one trying to down the pint in my hand whilst palming all my things onto my better half so I can run headfirst into the pit.

Video Nasties – Dominion (APF)

I first came across Video Nasties, a 5-piece Liverpool-based band who can be best described as a blackened and grizzly tribute to John Carpenter. By blending the heaviness and harshness of Entombed and Carcass with the cinematic power of Carpenter’s… Continue Reading →

Demonik – Demon & Ashes Of The Earth (S/R)

Demonik are a band who I have covered previously for this site. The Spanish Thrashers released their 3rd studio album “Rise From Chaos” in 2018 and whilst there were some good musical elements on it, the album was just another… Continue Reading →

Across The Shade – Hope (S/R)

Polish Melodic Death Metal quartet Across The Shade come at us with a simple named offering for their debut full-length release. “Hope” is an 8 track, sub-40 minute Melodic Death Metal attack which you could easily mistake for being something… Continue Reading →

Arrakis – Technontology Vol.1 (S/R)

Greek instrumentalists Arrakis formed back in 2012 and are firm believers in tripping through the endless musical universe via the medium of music. Regularly posting demos and jams online for all to hear, this psychedelic orientated stoner-doom band consists of… Continue Reading →

The Hu, Fire From The Gods – Manchester Ritz 12/02/2020

The Hu have literally stormed out of Mongolia much like the great hordes of centuries ago and conquered rock and metal. Since going viral with “Yuve Yuve Yu” in late 2018 and a string of festival performances and short tours… Continue Reading →

Mitochondrial Sun – S/T (Argonauta)

Niklas Sundin is one of the most prominent names in the Swedish Melodic Death Metal scene. A forefather and pioneer of the genre, most noted for being a member of the widely recognised and highly acclaimed Dark Tranquillity, he has… Continue Reading →

Serious Black – Suite 226 (AFM)

Last time out, Serious Black’s ‘Magic’ was a solid and consistent offering which offered some progression on the band’s style and approach to making music but it didn’t really break any new ground in terms of stand out musical moments…. Continue Reading →

Pyogenesis – A Silent Soul Screams Loud (AFM)

Avant-Garde and German Metal trailblazers Pyogenesis return once more with stories inspired by the 19th century, finally bringing a curtain on the century which changed the world in so many ways. The journey initially began in 2015 with “A Century… Continue Reading →

SL Theory – Cipher (Rock Of Angels Records)

SL Theory is the brainchild of Greek multi-instrumentalist Sotiris Lagonikas, Co-founder of the bands What’s The Buzz? And Double Treat and a former member of six piece ‘Four Wheel Drive’. Based out of Piraeus, Lagonikas is a long time veteran… Continue Reading →

Nazca Space Fox – Pi (Tonzonen Records)

By all accounts, Frankfurtian Psychedelic Stoner rock trio Nazca Space Fox live up to their imaginative name with the music they make and the ripples they seem to be making in the psychedelic jam scene. Their 2nd full length release… Continue Reading →

Echolons))) – Idea Of A Labyrinth (Tonzonen Records)

German Progressive Rock quartet Echolons))) formed in the early 2000’s in Frankfurt Am Main and have a different approach to the one I prefer when it comes to the music they create on the Progressive Rock spectrum. Whereas I usually… Continue Reading →

Mad-Era – ElectricMegaBlack (S/R)

Spanish trio Mad-Era hail from Torrelodones, Madrid and they seem to be causing a bit of a stir with their latest release ‘ElectricMegaBlack’. With praise and intrigue coming in from several places, the groove orientated heavy metal trio seem to… Continue Reading →

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