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Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group are thrilled to announce the release of the brand new studio album War Is Over from the award winning cinematic Finnish rockers Von Hertzen Brothers, which will be out on 3rd November 2017. The chart topping band have had three #1 albums (Stars Aligned, New Day Rising, Love Remains the...
World-renowned guitar virtuoso, JOE SATRIANI, announces the release of his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, set for release, January 12, 2018 on Sony/Legacy Recordings. Just a day prior to the album release, SATRIANI revives his G3 tour entity, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist,...
70000TONS OF METAL, The Original, The World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise, has announced the Public Sales date for the February 1-5, 2018 voyage which sails from Miami/Fort Lauderdale to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands and back. Public Sales will begin Thursday September 21, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT...
New Zealand based thrashers STÄLKER have recently announced the news of their worldwide signing with Napalm Records. Welcome back to the glory of the 80s! And a very warm welcome to the Napalm Records family!        This Thrash Metal three-piece has already announced the title and release date of...
There have been hell-raising rock ‘n’ roll bands over the years, but Australian hard rockers Airbourne have taken the good-times, bad-boys, party-animal strut to a new level, crafting underdog-championing anthems with reckless abandon. After premiering the unreleased, adrenaline-infused track “Money” last month, the acclaimed band have shared the teaser...
Primal blues-rock duo THE PICTUREBOOKS have revealed a new video for the song ‘Zero F * * * s Given’, taken from their ‘Home Is A Heartache’ album. Check it out above. A special edition Picture Disc LP version of the album is out today to coincide with their “Home Is...
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Classing themselves as “theatrical metal”, Seven Spires play a breathless hybrid of symphonic metal, power metal and melodeath. Approach them with no prior knowledge, and you could be forgiven for thinking that Germany or Norway had produced another band to drool over....

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I have been impressed with Sonny Jim for some time now, so I set out to discover what makes this Welsh trio tick... Hi guys, thanks for agreeing to chat with me. Sonny Jim's latest album, 'M.A.D' is such an ...

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LIVE REVIEWS

Situated within the centre of a bustling Bristol, the Thekla is, ironically, a hidden gem. The boat is, by far, my favourite concert venue in the whole of the UK – and I’ve done a fair bit of travelling! Imagine my delight when I heard that the lovely Ryan...
Festivals seem to get more and more expensive every year. Add together £200+ for a ticket, £100 for camping (in the live-in field, obviously – I’m no spring chicken), another £50 for the Friday night bill, announced after tickets for Friday and Saturday had gone on sale (tut tut,...
Sunday dawns at Steelhouse Festival, and the weather finally looks to be clearing. We are kept waiting at the gate as Saxon’s road crew complete a very meticulous sound check. When we are finally allowed into the arena, the organisers have laid down large piles of hay to try...
For the first ‘proper’ day at Steelhouse Festival, the rain had stopped for a while, and in daylight it was clear just how much the weather had destroyed the site. It also became clear just how beautiful this place is, with views for miles and the biggest sky I...
As enjoyable as the recent Ritchie Blackmore/Rainbow gigs were, it was obvious to all that the band suffered from a lack of time together, and that playing only a handful of gigs had its pitfalls. Massive, on the other hand, have been on the road since what seems like...
Back in 2011, Cheap Trick were on the bill for Download Festival. It was my partner’s first festival, and I told her they were a band we had to see. Great songs, energetic stage presence, cool guitars… what else could you want? The band introduced themselves as a “new band from...
How can you talk about Blue Öyster Cult without mentioning the C-word? With great difficulty. No matter how many times you see it, the Saturday Night Live skit with Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken still hits the spot. Someone posts on social media that they are under the weather...
So, after a feverish run through South America, Rob Zombie turns his attention to Europe for a string of festival appearances, with some headline shows thrown into the mix. The Zombieheads were out in force as John 5, Piggy D, Ginger Fish, and Rob Zombie hitched their wagons outside...
As Monty Python used to say, “and now for something completely different”. A few weeks ago, a call went out for someone to review Vintage Trouble on their newly announced tour. The photo with the request looked fun, but listening to a few tracks, I wasn’t sure how they fit with...
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This is Kiss with all the bells and whistles... and by bells and whistles, I really mean smoke, flash bombs, pyro, and fricken laser beams! There is something strangely reassuring about a massive rock “show”

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ALBUM REVIEWS

Black Country Communion are; Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple and Trapeze) on vocals and bass, Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin and Foreigner) on drums, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre, Alice Cooper and Billy Idol) on keys and Joe Bonamassa on guitar and vocals. “BCC IV” was mixed and produced by Kevin Shirley,...
So, the main sources of dissatisfaction amongst keyboard warriors, regarding the latest album from melodeath champions Arch Enemy, seems to be a couple of things. One, ex-Nevermore guitar legend Jeff Loomis is under-used as a songwriter on this, his first album with the band, and two, Alissa White-Gluz uses...
Fans of King King, biding their time until January 2018 brings the rescheduled tour dates, will be happy that the band are releasing their 4th studio album on 6th October. With the tour taking in venues including Shepherds Bush Empire, Birmingham Town Hall and Sheffield Leadmill, it’s easily their...
Life isn’t fair. If it was, then I would be a few pounds lighter, and The Virginmarys would get at least half the airtime that Royal Blood get. But it’s not, I am not, and they don’t. Media bods, too busy self-congratulating themselves over Royal Blood and the stripped...
Not many bands are individual enough to play at two different festivals, each seemingly the polar opposite of the other. This year Lionize played at Bloodstock Open Air and Ramblin’ Man Fair… not only played at both, but by all accounts, went down the proverbial storm at both. On...
Classing themselves as “theatrical metal”, Seven Spires play a breathless hybrid of symphonic metal, power metal and melodeath. Approach them with no prior knowledge, and you could be forgiven for thinking that Germany or Norway had produced another band to drool over. however, Seven Spires are, in fact, American....

INTERVIEWS

Before Ryan Hamilton and his merry men, The Traitors, played an incredible gig in Bristol, I was dispatched to find out what makes them tick. As well as Ryan himself, drummer Mickey Richards was also on hand to fill in the blanks… Hi guys! Thanks for taking some time...
After splitting from Eluveitie, Anna Murphy, Merlin Sutter, and Ivo Henzi formed Cellar Darling, and have recently released ‘This Is The Sound’, their stunning debut album. I chatted with Anna about the album, getting used to life as a trio, and paying homage to a certain Mr Freddie Mercury....
Female fronted, five piece, Chigurh have just recently released their brand new E.P. “The Struggle”. I caught up with bass player, Marco van der Schans, and asked him about the new E.P. and what’s going on with the band. Hi Marco, you’ve recently just released your E.P, “The Struggle”....
New Jersey rock n’ roll outfit Colossal Street Jam recently got the band back together for another trip around the block. I spoke to vocalist Gene Potts about all things New Jersey, as well as talking about the latest album ‘Living Free’. Hi there Gene, thanks for taking the...

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