BELTANE FIRE (UK) – Bannerman’s Bar Edinburgh (Concert Review)

BELTANE FIRE (UK) – Bannerman’s Bar Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Beltane Fire… The Back Story Beltane Fire (UK) have been around since 1983. By 1986, they had released three singles and an album called Different Breed and toured with Marillion on their Misplaced Childhood tour.  In addition, they played  shows with Ian Dury And The Blockheads and Adam Ant! Sadly, I somehow missed them on the Marillion tour, so until recently were a band I had no idea about. A few days before they were…

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BLOODSTOCK – More Bands and Metal Art Display (News)

BLOODSTOCK – More Bands and Metal Art Display (News)

More Bands! Bloodstock Metal Festival continues to announce new bands, as well as other news regarding things to enjoy and explore at this years event to be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire England. There are a list of winners from the heats of the Metal 2 The Masses competitions held all over the UK, most of whom are new on me as well. The ones revealed this time include…. Friday bands include two competition…

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ANCHOR LANE – Wow Live In Opium Edinburgh (Concert Review)

ANCHOR LANE – Wow Live In Opium Edinburgh (Concert Review)

ANCHOR LANE – Bio Anchor Lane are a young Scottish band based in Glasgow. The four piece have been plying their trade for around three years and, in that time, have garnered excellent reviews from not only the printed and online media, but even from rock radio in Scotland. The band are Conor Gaffney on lead vocals and guitar, Jack Nicol on guitar, Matthew Quigley on bass and finally Scott Hanlon pounding the drums.  They…

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BLOODSTOCK – Variety Of Bands Named For 2 Smaller Stages (News)

BLOODSTOCK – Variety Of Bands Named For 2 Smaller Stages (News)

Bloodstock Metal Festival have made some more announcements regarding new bands and other things going on over the weekend of August 9 to 12. They have announced bands for the New Blood stage which is exactly what it says, a stage for new upcoming bands who have fought in various heats around the country to win a place at the festival. The first two bands announced are for the Friday and include Pelugion a three…

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MINISTRY – AmeriKKKant – (Album Review)

MINISTRY – AmeriKKKant – (Album Review)

 Historical background                                                                                The first time I heard the band Ministry was in a club. I remember thinking how intense and how angry it sounded both musically and vocally. The song which I came to find out…

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LIFE OF AGONY – New Dates For USA And Europe 2018 – (News)

LIFE OF AGONY – New Dates For USA And Europe 2018 – (News)

Life Of Agony are continuing their “Rise Of The Underground” tour with a gig in Mansfield OH in July and then playing 12 dates in September ending in New York. In October they will hit the European mainland (dates are in the format used in Europe for those shows on this news item). The first of the US shows is as part of a festival bill which is both a tattoo and music event in…

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DIMMU BORGIR – Eonian (Album Review)

DIMMU BORGIR – Eonian (Album Review)

DIMMU BORGIR Symphonic black metallars Dimmu Borgir return after an eight year gap with their new album Eonian. The title can be explained in several ways; firstly, something that is “longer than an era geologically” or my favourite “hell’s perpetual fires,” which certainly fits for what Dimmu are about normally. The questions for me on hearing about the new release were, will it be better than the last album Abrahadabra, which I wasn’t so keen…

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BLOODSTOCK – Thursday Pre-Festival Party Night (News)

BLOODSTOCK – Thursday Pre-Festival Party Night (News)

Why Arrive Thursday for Bloodstock? Without a doubt getting to Bloodstock Metal Festival on the Thursday (this year August 9) is a very good idea not only to pitch up your tent, meet your neighbours and get settled in ready for the first (main) day of the festival, but also to enjoy some fine entertainment put on by Bloodstock organisers. During the years there has been comedy and music in the Sophie (tent) stage and…

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HALCYON WAY Sign New Deal With Agonia Records (News)

HALCYON WAY Sign New Deal With Agonia Records (News)

Progressive metal outfit Halcyon Way from Atlanta Georgia have just signed to Agonia Records home of Athiest, Susperia and Enthroned amongst others. The band who’s influences include artists such as Megadeth, Dream Theater and Testament at the heavier and proggier end and Kings X and Stryper when it comes to vocals and harmonies. Their last album “Conquer” won many plaudits including being voted “record of the week” by Revolver magazine website and was high in the…

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BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR – More New Additions and Only 90 Days To Go! (News)

BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR – More New Additions and Only 90 Days To Go! (News)

Bloodstock Metal Festival continue to announce bands from all over the world to the festival to be held at Catton Hall Derbyshire on the weekend of August 9 – 12. The 2 main stages are filling up nicely with 3 more for the main Dio stage and 4 for the second stage in the Sophie Tent. First up come Nailed To Obscurity from Esens in Germany who are according to the press details “doomy melodeath”….

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