MEDEN AGAN – Catharsis (Album Review)

MEDEN AGAN – Catharsis (Album Review)

Catharsis is the fourth album by symphonic rockers Meden Agan (apparently in English this translates as “nothing in excess”) from Athens in Greece. Formed originally in Paris by guitarist Diman Koutsoglannopoulos way back in 2005 with their first album coming two years later. After a delay of six years and a move back to Greece, he reset the band up again and they released a second album.  The third album came out in 2015 and this latest…

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BLOODSTOCK Keeps The Bands Coming For August (News)

BLOODSTOCK Keeps The Bands Coming For August (News)

In what is becoming a regular ritual, Bloodstock Metal Fest have announced another four bands for the festival to be held at Catton Hall Derbyshire England in August this year. Two of the bands named are “Special Guests” between the two stages and the other two are slightly lower down the bill. First up are Swedish melodic death metal outfit At The Gates, who are “Special Guests” on the Ronnie James Dio stage on Sunday,…

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MICHALE GRAVES – Edinburgh 2018 (Concert Review)

MICHALE GRAVES – Edinburgh 2018 (Concert Review)

After something like a 15 to 20-year wait, Michale Graves is touring the UK. For many folk, certainly in Edinburgh, this was the first time seeing the man in action. Pleasingly the set gave us all the chance to hear some of the choice cuts of the two Misfits albums he sang on from the late 1990s. Those being American Psycho and Famous Monsters. However, he also gave us songs from some of his solo albums including…

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First BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL Announcements of 2018 (News)

First BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL Announcements of 2018 (News)

Bloodstock Metal Festival continue to announce bands for the two main stages for the weekend in August (9th to 12th) including the headliner for the Saturday night on the second stage (The Sophie Lancaster Stage). Israeli progressive metal (and symphonic) outfit Orphaned Land will close the Saturday night in the tent. With an excellent new album out this month in “Unsung Prophets And Dead Messiahs” which is a concept piece taking the “allegory of the…

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Top 10 2017 Tom Cornell

Top 10 2017 Tom Cornell

Be sure to check out the Decibel Geek website contributor’s collective compilation of the top albums: Best of 2017 Article A little bit about the choices that made my top 10. In a year where there were many excellent new releases from older artists to younger bands and across different rock styles it was difficult to pin down an exact ten. Within the ten there is quite a bit of progressive music, not only as…

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MINDFEELS – XXenty (Album Review)

MINDFEELS – XXenty (Album Review)

Mindfeels are an Italian AOR band who started their career as an instrumental tribute to American jazz and AOR rockers Toto. In fact, the band have even gone so far as to name themselves after a Toto album, albeit with a different spelling (“Mindfields” is the name of the album). It therefore comes as no surprise that the album and music they create is well crafted and melodic, with hints of jazz fusion and heavy…

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Four Brand New Acts For BLOODSTOCK Festival (News)

Four Brand New Acts For BLOODSTOCK Festival (News)

December brings four more bands for Bloodstock Metal Festival to be held August 9 to 12 at Catton Hall, Derbyshire England. With most of the musicians making their Bloodstock debuts, this is an even more exciting prospect. On Friday, skate punk thrash outfit Suicidal Tendencies will be ripping up a storm, no doubt. Led by the bandana-wearing Mike Muir, who prowls the stage menacingly and having the drumming legend that is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, of…

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BLOODSTOCK Add 4 More To Festival In 2018 (News)

BLOODSTOCK Add 4 More To Festival In 2018 (News)

Whilst your intrepid news reporter was stuck in hospital (no need for an “aaahhhh”), Bloodstock Metal Festival has continued to announce bands. The festival to be held at Catton Hall Derbyshire in August has added the original “metal queen” Doro Pesch as headliner for the Sophie Lancaster tent on the Friday night. Having been blasting out metal anthems as well as powerful ballads for over 30 years, Doro continues to impress live. One of the…

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Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Vol 1 (Album Review)

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats – Vol 1 (Album Review)

Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats have been around for around eight years now. Formed in Cambridge England and named quite brilliantly after a band that featured the late ex-Cactus singer Rusty Day from around 1980 or 81 called Uncle Acid And The Permanent Damage Band. There are elements of Cactus in what they do, a sludgy, fuzzy, dirty, sound especially bass wise and the fact the album sounds like it was recorded around 1969 when…

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FAHRAN – Live Bannermans Bar Edinburgh (Concert Review)

FAHRAN – Live Bannermans Bar Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Fahran, Fragile Things & Falling Red Party in Edinburgh Having seen British rockers Fahran before, the chance to review them in my home town at Bannermans Rock Bar just had to be taken. Their album Chasing Hours is full of classic sounding rock songs, with a hint at times of power metal (just briefly, but they are there), so there would be no problems when it came to the enjoying the music itself! The night…

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