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Devilskin & The Fallen State – Manchester, Rebellion Bar 6/11/18

Without doubt November is the most packed month for gigs this autumn with a number of events on my radar as this duo of acts was doing the rounds throughout the UK. Having seen the New Zealanders tear up Sheffield… Continue Reading →

Mystifier, Solstice, Craven Idol & Sufferer – London Boston Arms 2/11/18

With many tootling off up the M1 to Leeds and Damnation Festival this weekend I had to wonder how busy this show was going to be. Fear not, London has come out and there are already a fair few in… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 3

Sunday 6th October The UK dominated the afternoon with three representatives of the not-always-so-united kingdom appearing in the afternoon. The first of them was Temples on Mars from London. Energy was in the air as Temples on Mars started with… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

Saturday 5th October A highlight at this festival for me is the exposure of bands from the host country. Saturday’s line-up started with one such in Golden Caves. There wasn’t a full house yet but 70 or 80 isn’t a… Continue Reading →

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 1

Here we go. The gentle juggernaut that is ProgPower Europe is upon us again. Having missed last year’s episode, I was back for my fix of the great, the good and hopefully the mystifying. The line-up looked interesting and as… Continue Reading →

Lordi, Silver Dust and Ego Kills – Sheffield Corporation 22/10/18

As I entered the building I was met with the smooth and silky rock of Ego Kills, who had travelled all the way from their (and indeed tour buddies, and headliners, Lordi’s) homeland of Finland. This quartet, who are often… Continue Reading →

Crippled Black Phoenix – Klub Kulturak, Bratislava, Slovakia 8/10/18

Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia, is not an obvious beauty. The cold Socialist realism of the Eastern bloc with its massive, geometrical shapes is omnipresent in the city’s architecture. Highlights from earlier historical periods can’t subdue or neutralize its effect…. Continue Reading →

Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 22/9/18 Part 3

Interlude: There were real timing issues On Saturday but so you know from the outset this is the real tale, most I knew on the day (I asked) but the rest was direct from Glyn a few days after. And… Continue Reading →

Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 21/9/18 Part 2

Well bugger me it was almost sunny the next day! It appeared most people had survived the night by the time we had picked up our passengers and arrived, and also that more than the odd hangover was being nursed…. Continue Reading →

Warhorns Festival – Eggborough Sports & Social Club 20/9/18 Part 1

It’s that time again. Warhorns. A time of mead, music and a smorgasbord of death, black, viking and folk metal. A festival with the mission to bring us bands who rarely if ever play the UK along with great UK… Continue Reading →

Winterfylleth, Meus, Wolcensmen – London St Pancras Old Church 24/9/18

It’s not often we get an invite to church, certainly not from a band known (mainly) for playing black metal. Winterfylleth are not about any form of satanic shtick though and as latest acoustic album The Hallowing Of Heirdom has… Continue Reading →

Rose Tattoo / Girlschool – The Limelight 2, Belfast 7/9/18

**WARNING – THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRATUITOUS SELF INDULGENCE AND NARCISSISTIC CONTENT. CHILDREN UNDER 50 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY SOMEONE IRRESPONSIBLE** Stalwarts? Survivors? Those who cannot be beaten? Rock ‘n Roll outlaws? A little bit of everything perhaps as my thoughts… Continue Reading →

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