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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DARE – Out Of The Silence II (Album Review)

DARE – Out Of The Silence II (Album Review)

DARE – Bio Dare are probably best known for their singer/songwriter Darren Wharton.  He first rose to fame in the early eighties playing keyboards with legendary Irish rock band Thin Lizzy.  In addition, their former keyboard player was the respected academic/tv personality Professor Brian Cox. The band’s debut 1988 album Out Of The Silence was recorded at Joni Mitchell’s Bel Air Studio in Los Angeles.  It was also produced by famed producer Mike Shipley.  Although…

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BLACK STONE CHERRY – Mercury Ballroom : Louisville, Ky. (Concert Review)

BLACK STONE CHERRY – Mercury Ballroom : Louisville, Ky. (Concert Review)

Kentucky’s own Black Stone Cherry kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a killer show at the Mercury Ballroom. Following an abbreviated set at the 2015 Louder Than Life festival, this weekend’s show marks the first time the band has returned to Louisville on a headline run in about 9 years. Keeping the sort of “Home State” vibe, the band brought along fellow Kentucky bred bands, Sixth Floor and Luther. Sixth Floor, a band from…

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LITTLE CAESAR – Live In Sweden (Concert Review)

LITTLE CAESAR – Live In Sweden (Concert Review)

A mathematical thing. 30 years. Over 10 failed attempts. 4 different countries. What does it add up to? 1000’s of tears. Tonight, I cried. I openly wept warm salty tears of disbelief and happiness. After approximately 30 years and over 10 false starts, I finally witnessed Little Caesar live. Little Caesar hit the music scene in 1989 with their self-titled debut and the cover of Aretha‘s “Chain of Fools”. I’ve followed the band since then, almost 30…

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GHOST – Prequelle (Album Review)

GHOST – Prequelle (Album Review)

      Ghost Get Medieval Before I heard their music back in 2010, I did what anyone else looking from the outside would automatically do. “What’s that?”, I hear you say.  I automatically put Ghost into the Death Metal category of my brain, based on the fact they are from Sweden, the land of Black Metal, and the image they had at the time. I obviously jumped the gate there, as I figured out…

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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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THEM EVILS Rip Up The Turf Club (Concert Review)

THEM EVILS Rip Up The Turf Club (Concert Review)

Somewhere in the early 2000’s, rock got stagnant. After decades of one form of rock making for way for yet another, newer form of rock, everything kind of ground to a halt with up and coming bands sharing one sound and image.  While some have proclaimed rock is dead, their overall statement could be made about all forms of popular music since that time.  But the tides of rock are changing.  For the better.  With…

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STRYPER – God Damn Evil (Album Review)

STRYPER – God Damn Evil (Album Review)

I am not a religious fanatic.  I am not a devil worshipper (although I have partaken in many of his sanctioned activities).  I’ve been deemed a gift from heaven (never mind that the person was very drunk). I’ve been called the Anti-Christ (which may be a bit more accurate, but I had just terminated that person’s employment). You could easily hear me singing at the top of my lungs (in my car… in the key…

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FRONTLINE – Heroes (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Heroes (Album Review)

FRONTLINE – Bio Frontline from Nürnberg, Germany are veterans of the German hard rock scene.  They were founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars,keyboards), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) and Stephan Bayerlein (drums). Their debut album The State Of Rock was released in 1994.  This record was a breakthrough for the band in Japan, where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts.  Straight after the release, Frontline went on tour and opened…

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LEGIONS OF METAL II FESTIVAL – Day One (Festival Report)

LEGIONS OF METAL II FESTIVAL – Day One (Festival Report)

LEGIONS OF METAL II FESTIVAL While obviously paramount, every festival is about more than the music. The social aspect and expanding your worldwide network of like-minded friends has to come into play somewhere as well. Also eating, that’s important too! This means at a jam-packed event like the Legions of Metal II Festival, it is inevitable that you will not see some of the acts on stage. Also, I did not enjoy every band I…

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