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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ERIC MARTIN (MR BIG) About To Embark On UK Tour (News)

ERIC MARTIN (MR BIG) About To Embark On UK Tour (News)

Singer Eric Martin of Mr Big and Avantasia fame is about to hit the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, in fact).  He is ably accompanied by guitarist David Cotterill of UK metal band Demon. ERIC MARTIN A local of the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric Martin first started his career in the music industry in 1978. During his career, Eric has featured on some fantastic albums.  Furthermore, his voice is immediately recognisable. Its rich…

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HEART OF JORDAN – Heart Of Jordan (Album Review)

HEART OF JORDAN – Heart Of Jordan (Album Review)

Heart Of Jordan are a new band out of Michigan and they blow the doors off the Metalcore scene with their self-titled debut! You scratch a Lottery ticket and win big time, or you survive a huge change.  Life gives you surprises that really make you glad to be alive.  I was thinking that I couldn’t love another album as much as something like the latest Beartooth record, when along comes my new favorite collection…

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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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COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Unheavenly Creatures (Album Review)

COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Unheavenly Creatures (Album Review)

COHEED AND CAMBRIA – Bio Around ten years ago, I kept hearing the name Coheed and Cambria at comic cons and while reading an assortment of rock magazines. I always avoided checking out the band because of their name, which at the time I thought was a bit lame.  However, one day I was sat watching highlights from the Download festival on the t.v. when a live performance from said band hit the screen. My…

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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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REO SPEEDWAGON at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

REO SPEEDWAGON at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford IL (Alex Dale Photo Gallery)

REO Speedwagon last night at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford IL. This show was originally supposed to happen at the beginning of the year but got rescheduled due to Kevin Cronin‘s throat surgery. Apparently things went well, with no complications, because he sounded great just like he did last year when I saw them! The band put on a great show for a full house. Even on this rainy Sunday, everyone was ready…

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CHANTEL MCGREGOR – Live at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh (Concert Review)

CHANTEL MCGREGOR – Live at Bannerman’s Bar, Edinburgh (Concert Review)

Opening Thoughts: Sunday nights can be often quiet nights all round. Sunday 30th September however had quite a few bands playing in both Edinburgh and Glasgow including blues player Chantel McGregor who had a date in Bannerman’s Bar in Edinburgh. Pleasingly I think there was a bigger crowd there than the last time I saw her in Edinburgh so word must be getting out at how good she is. Having had the pleasure of seeing…

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THRONE OF MALEDICTION – Perfect Tragedy (EP Review)

THRONE OF MALEDICTION – Perfect Tragedy (EP Review)

THRONE OF MALEDICTION – Bio From the vast lands of Montana comes the blackened Doom Metal of Throne Of Malediction, lead by the talent that is Eric Sartana Horner (vocals/guitar/bass/keys/programming).  The band is like prime Celtic Frost blended to perfection with bands like Satyricon and Emperor.  They sound like demons of Hell are tearing out their hearts and crying acid tears onto the Earth.  That mixture of brutality and vulnerability is an amazing elixior for…

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