RICKY WARWICK AND DAMON JOHNSON – Live In Edinburgh (Concert Review)

RICKY WARWICK AND DAMON JOHNSON – Live In Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Having Laughs In Bannerman’s Bar There have been many great comedic double acts through the years. Laurel And Hardy, Abbott And Costello, The 2 Ronnies and Morecambe And Wise (legends in the UK especially) and it now appears they have some new potential additions in ex-Almighty and now Black Star Riders‘ Ricky Warwick and ex-Alice Cooper and also BSR man Damon Johnson! Both work beautifully together causing many funny moments whether it be stories or…

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CAULDRON – New Gods (Album Review)

CAULDRON – New Gods (Album Review)

Background New Gods is the fifth studio album from Canadian three-piece Cauldron. Having formed in 2006 the band consists of mainstays Jason Decay (bass, vocals) and Ian Chains (guitars) and after a merry-go-round of drummers have had Myles Deck since 2012. Cauldron are considered to be a part of the new wave of traditional heavy metal, a movement championing the return of a more traditional sound to metal. 2016’s In Ruin was seen by many…

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RAMAGE INC – Under The Skin – (Album Review)

RAMAGE INC – Under The Skin – (Album Review)

A Little About The Band: Ramage Inc are a Scottish band based in and around Edinburgh. This 4-piece have been around since 2012 having released 2 albums and an EP. The band won through a number of heats to play Bloodstock Metal Festival in 2016. They so impressed on the New Blood stage they were invited back the following year to play the much larger Sophie tent as the half day headliners! They have also…

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LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – Shadows From The Past (Album Review)

LORDS OF THE TRIDENT – Shadows From The Past (Album Review)

Shadows From The Past is the fourth studio album from Lords of the Trident, who, on the face of it, you would expect to hail from Scandinavia but in fact come from Madison, Wisconsin. To me, they’re a power metal band with hints of symphonics going on. A heady, and enjoyable, mix. Whilst their image is of tongue-in-cheek piss-taking of the sword and sorcery arm of metal, the songs are all seriously performed and delivered…

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CLUTCH – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO (Concert Review)

CLUTCH – Ogden Theatre, Denver CO (Concert Review)

Clutch Concert Review 2018 – Clutch rocked Denver on October 2, 2018, during their Book of Bad Decisions tour with a concert packed with energy, humor and straight talk – no jive. After a week of cancelled dates due to the ManFlu, the date at the Ogden Theatre was their first time back on stage. “Glad to be in Denver tonight! We’ve been feeling like Nosferatu’s underwear lately.” – Neil Fallon While trying to process Neil Fallon’s…

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LIZZIES – On Thin Ice (Album Review)

LIZZIES – On Thin Ice (Album Review)

Spanish rockers Lizzies return on October 5 with their sophomore album entitled On Thin Ice. As you can see, it either has the best album cover of all time, or the worst, I just can’t decide. Either way, it follows a well worn tradition of New Wave of British Heavy Metal album covers of badly drawn efforts belying the true greatness beneath, and for Lizzies the 1980’s is where it’s at. The four-piece mainly female…

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STRIKER / LUTHARO – Velvet Underground Toronto (Concert Review)

STRIKER / LUTHARO – Velvet Underground Toronto (Concert Review)

Unleash the Archers are coming to Toronto. Meh. Supporting them are Edmonton’s Striker. Now that I’m in for. A longtime fan, I’ve never seen Striker in concert as yet. Throw in local support Lutharo, who my friend Jamie O’Toole has been telling me I need to see since forever. I’ve traveled further and paid more just to see supports and openers! So, I find myself at Velvet Underground on Queen Street Toronto on a Monday…

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MIA KLOSE – Stronger (Album Review)

MIA KLOSE – Stronger (Album Review)

UK based Swedish singer Mia Klose first came to my attention thanks to Sweden Rock Festival. In 2013 I made my inaugural trek trans-Atlantic to attend my first Sweden Rock, not my last! Prior to departing Toronto for the adventure, I performed my due diligence on many, many bands of the 80 act roster that were completely unknown to me. Sadly, I found little to nothing on Mia Klose in the way of albums for…

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TOKYO BLADE – Unbroken (Album Review)

TOKYO BLADE – Unbroken (Album Review)

Tokyo Blade are renowned for their contribution to the classic era of New Wave of British Heavy Metal and especially their classic self-titled debut. However, they’re much more than that and in the intervening period have released 12 studio albums. Yes, they’ve had their ups and downs, break-ups and disagreements, but what relationships haven’t had some of that over the course of 40 years? Since the band reformed in 2010 with four of the original…

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DARKNESS DIVINE – Prelude (EP Review)

DARKNESS DIVINE – Prelude (EP Review)

Darkness Divine are a female fronted 5 piece band from Glasgow in Scotland, who I first came across in Bannerman’s bar in Edinburgh. I was most impressed at what I saw and heard. They had songs, energy and tight musicianship. I was happy to be sent a copy of their EP (out now via Radiate Records, see below) for reviewing. The EP is 5 tracks if you go for the download version. For those who…

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