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Windhand/Satan’s Satyrs – Manchester, Rebellion – 12 October Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 27 October 2017 04:40

Windhand tour flyerRarely anymore does the prospect of a female fronted psychedelic doom band garner anything but interest from our resident stoner, so the prospect of seeing such a band up close and personal was high on his to-do list. And so he set off on another trip over to Manchester to do just that – and to see if they could beat off some pretty stiff competition on the city’s live circuit:

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Leather Leaf – ‘Desecrated Minds’ (Self- Released) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 27 October 2017 04:00

Leather Leaf artworkWhen a band switches musical styles, it is a brave, and often dangerous move: so, when Leather Leaf switched from a more straight ahead hard rock style to a symphonic rock mien, did it open up our resident shredder’s ears, or did it desecrate his mind? To find out, click the link:

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Supersuckers/Hellion Rising – Manchester, Ruby Lounge – 11 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:40

Supersuckers flyerDJ Astrocreep is up and down the railway line between Liverpool and Manchester these days that he really should be given shares in the train company. For the first of three such trips on successive nights, he braved the rain of a cold October night to sample a live dose of rock ‘n’ roll veterans Supersuckers, who proved that, despite a poor audience turnout, the show always goes on:

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The Von Hertzen Brothers – ‘VII: War Is Over’ (Musical Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group) Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:20

Von Hertzen Brothers War Is Over artworkFinnish cross-over proggies Von Hertzen Brothers are declaring of that ‘War Is Over’ with the release, next week, of their seventh studio album, which comes just a few days before they return to the Uber Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll for an impressive run of 12 back-to-back (well, vitually) dates. David O’Neill delves deep into its grooves to reveal why albums like this first got him into prog into bands like Genesis and Yes in his youth:

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Märvel – ‘At The Sunshine Factory’ (The Sign Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Thursday, 26 October 2017 04:00

Stu Marvel At The Sunshine Factory CoverDom Daley can't help but smile when he presses play on this brand new Märvel opus - not because he thinks there is anything funny about these masked rockers, but because they take him to a happy place when the needle drops into the groove and the rock begins. Find out why on the other side of the link:

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Midnite City – Nottingham, Tap N Tumbler – 20 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:40

Rob Wylde Midnite CityThree o’clock on a Friday afternoon may seem a bloody stupid time to stage a standalone gig, but when you think about it was a stroke of genius on the part of Midnite City; after all, the third iteration of Rockingham was due to open its doors less than two hours later, the official festival hotel was just across the street and a helluva lot of rockers would be looking for a drink or three beforehand… So, yeah, how could it fail? Find out the result on the other side of this link:

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Henri Herbert And The Fury – Bedford, Esquires, 7 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:20

Henri Herbert flyer croppedIf, like us, you love The Jim Jones Revue/Righteous Mind, then Henri Herbert will need no introduction. And, you will love his band, The Fury, because, as Martin Haslam elucidates on the other side of the link the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. So, click the same to find out why the man in the rather cool hat reckons why he’s the most stunning pianist he’s witnessed live:

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Grande Royale – ‘Breaking News’ (The Sign Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 04:00

Grande Royale artworkAnyone for some mighty fine Scandi rock ‘n’ roll a la Hellacopters? Then step right up folks, because Double D reckons Grande Royale have the chops a plenty and are following in the footsteps of their peers and giving them a damn fine run for their money on this impressive record. Click the link to find out more:

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Venom Inc. – ‘Avé’ (Nuclear Blast Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:20

Venom Inc artworkResponsible for three of the most defining and influential albums in the history of the modern era of heavy metal, Venom, like many bands of their era, in later years have been split into two camps… while Cronos has held on to the original name and continued to record, relatively regularly, the slightly modified incarnation featuring his two fellow founding members have only just released their debut offering. Nick Russell takes a somewhat anticlimactic stroll down memory lane:

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Electric Street Queens - ‘Queen Sized’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:00

Electric Street Queens artworkWhen Gerald Stansbury got to the end of this, the second album from the self-described “female response to Al Bundy's No Ma’am Club", he flipped it straight back over and put it on heavy repeat, so enraptured was he by their “raw, primal music that taps into the wild, debauchery filled spirit of rock n roll and darkness”. To find out what’s he’s raving about, click the link and read the lowdown from the sleazy side of the sidewalk:

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The Picturebooks - Sheffield, Corporation - 16 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Monday, 23 October 2017 04:40

Picturebooks SheffieldIt’s Sunday and so it should be a day of rest... but there is no rest for rock’n’ roll, especially not in Steel City, as our hard-working Sheffield team found out when they ventured down town and into one of their favourite haunts, to check out the second appearance in as many weeks by a duo making a big noise:

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Grave Pleasures – ‘Motherblood’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 23 October 2017 04:30

Grave Pleasures MotherbloodRich Hobson has recently found himself wondering where all the goths went… A little over a decade and goth was haute couture in alternative subcultures, the success of the likes of Cradle of Filth, Evanescence and HIM emboldening bands everywhere to take the black and explore the worlds of dark occultism and Lovecraftian horror in the pursuit of the blackest arts. Then came emo and ruined it all… until now, as he reckons that, thanks to the likes of this, the new album from Grave Pleasures, black in back in vogue… Click the link to find out more:

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Lost Without Cause – ‘Revival’ EP(Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Monday, 23 October 2017 04:00

Lost Without Cause Revival Cover ArtWith their latest EP, pop punk trio LWC have produced a collection of what Hannah Reid reckons are “four catchy and upbeat songs that have you nodding and wanting to move around your seat from the beginning”. Click the link to find out why:

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The Urban Voodoo Machine – Bedford, Esquires - 13 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Sunday, 22 October 2017 04:40

UVM Flyer CroppedDespite having to overcome their own fair degree of adversity in recent years, The Urban Voodoo Machine have regrouped and soldiered on, and recently returned to Martin Haslam’s neighbourhood haunt for the fifth successive year. So, what else was there for our man to do but don his finest trilby and brave the unluckiest night of the year for some bourbon soaked gypsy blues, bop and stroll?

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The Darkness/MindRIOTmt – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 15 October 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Sunday, 22 October 2017 04:20

The Darkness BelfastEver get one of those bands whom you love but they seem to have a knack of playing your hometown whenever you’re elsewhere? That has been Marc Leach’s experience of The Darkness, until t’other weekend when the stars aligned and he finally got the opportunity to catch up with the previously elusive Hawkins brothers and co… find out how he got on by clicking the old-fashioned link thing:

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Forgotten Classics: Little Kings – ‘Head First’ (Epitaph Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 22 October 2017 04:00

Little Kings artworkFor the latest in his occasional series of features on albums that have shaped his musical life but subsequently have disappeared off the radar into the halls of history, Gerald Stansbury delves back into the archives of Epitaph Records and dusts down one of the label’s earliest releases, by a band who featured a certain famous movie director in their ranks. Click the link to dive ‘Head First’ into the punk rock fury generated by Little Kings, as well as some words from those who created one of our man's favourite albums of all time:

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