ARMORED DAWN – Barbarians In Black (Album Review)

ARMORED DAWN – Barbarians In Black (Album Review)

ARMORED DAWN – Bio Armored Dawn are a power metal band from San Paulo in Brazil and sound like they come from somewhere in Scandinavia. Lyrically, they sing at times about Norse Gods (although some of those I believe originate from Germany, but are seen more as Scandinavian), or perhaps they are just heavily into bands from that part of the world.  Two bands that immediately came to mind listening to the album were Nightwish…

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THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING – Double Negative (Album Review)

THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING – Double Negative (Album Review)

THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING -Bio Double Negative is the newest album from London steampunk outfit The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, a name taken from part of the graffiti found chalked on a wall in Victorian London, possibly by the infamous killer Jack The Ripper. For those unfamiliar with The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, the band have been around since 2008 with their…

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SQUEALER – Behind Closed Doors (Album Review)

SQUEALER – Behind Closed Doors (Album Review)

SQUEALER – Behind Closed Doors Another German thrash metal band from the 80’s reforms.  Squealer returns after a lengthy hiatus and a few line up changes. Up until I had placed the headphones on my head to take in the tunes, I had never heard of this band and hoped on first listen that I’d wish I had discovered them way back in the early 80’s. As the first track “Madnecessity” spins into action, we…

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JOHN CORABI – Live ’94 (One Night In Nashville) (Album Review)

JOHN CORABI – Live ’94 (One Night In Nashville) (Album Review)

Today’s word of the day is “polarizing“.  Its definition: to break up into opposing factions or groupings. Now live albums, in general, can often be viewed as polarizing. I know of some music fans that generally have no use for them, while others will grab for a live album more often than not. Personally, I am a fan. For a geek like myself, a “well crafted” live record has the power to transport me into the venue…

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DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE – Edinburgh Opium (Concert Review)

DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE – Edinburgh Opium (Concert Review)

DEADLY CIRCUS FIRE The last time I saw Deadly Circus Fire was at Bloodstock Metal Festival, way back in 2011. If memory serves me correctly, it was the same year that I saw them at Hammerfest in Wales. Both times, I was mightily impressed. Therefore, I was delighted to find out that not only were they touring, but playing my home town in Edinburgh at a venue called Opium, a club/bar in the Cowgate area…

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BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Vale (Album review)

BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Vale (Album review)

BLACK VEIL BRIDES (Bio) Black Veil Brides‘s 2014 self titled album was the first time I had come across the band. At that time, they looked to me a little like Motley Crue, but beyond the image, I didn’t have a clue what they sounded like. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much but, for the next 44 minutes, I was totally blown away by the…

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THERION – Glasgow Audio 2018 (Concert Review)

THERION – Glasgow Audio 2018 (Concert Review)

Metal opera legends Therion brought their show in support of the new three CD album (Beloved Antichrist) to Glasgow Audio, along with three supports for a night of metal, opera and craziness. MIDNIGHT ETERNAL When I arrived, the first band had started.  It was a very early start, with Midnight Eternal (a symphonic metal band from the USA) onstage at 6:30!  Singer Raine Hilai had a very nice voice and guitarist Richard Fischer does some…

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A MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2018 Blog

A MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE 2018 Blog

Inspired by a Facebook post from a fellow cruiser that I stumbled upon in one of the MORC pages, I decided to write this blog. The Monsters of Rock Cruise is very special to me. Here’s my story and what Monsters of Rock Cruise has done for me. When I went on my first Monsters of Rock Cruise, it was about the music. 100%. Discovering the cruise through the Keel website by chance, I was…

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ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Burn It Down (Album Review)

ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Burn It Down (Album Review)

ANTHEMS IN ASHES – Band Anthems In Ashes is a four piece hard rock band “brought together by their love of music that is both heavy and high energy“. This band from Toronto has played some of the best venues in the city and won the Jack Daniels Supporting Act Competition.  Last year, they recorded their debut EP with Juno Award Winning Producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios.  The band also released the music…

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SAXON – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

SAXON – Thunderbolt (Album Review)

Saxon has always sort of weaved in and out of the consciousness of the United States music scene.  Never the A-list headliner they are in Europe, but also a band you’d have a hard time not hearing about if you’re into Metal music of any sort.  It’s because of that I was equally surprised as I was not able to find out that their latest record, Thunderbolt (out February 2nd via Militia Guard), was their…

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