PHOTOS: Wendy Hagenbeek It’s big, hearty, confident progressive rock music which, despite its left-field origins, still has ‘IO Earth’ written right through it, like a stick of Birmingham rock. Saturday March 8 2020, and it is one of those grey, overcast days which only England can provide, as if to remind us that Spring isn’t..
The Ragged Saints is a hard, driving rock band from Finland and was formed in 2011 by guitarists Tomi Julkunen and Toni Bite and, very quickly, they brought onboard vocalist Markku Kuikka, bass player Jukka Hoffrén and drummer Miikki Kunttu. Together, they released their debut, The Sound Of Breaking Free, in 2013 which established them..
Easy Action is a Swedish rock band that formed in 1981 and it released just two albums only, Easy Action in 1983 and That Makes One in 1986. They had a very chequered start to their career which resulted in major personnel changes in the band and something of a alteration in style too as..
The Bay Area of San Francisco. Not only home to the Golden Gate Bridge, the infamous Alcatraz island and taking in cities Oakland and San Jose but also the beacon of the US thrash movement that included Metallica. With its roots stemming as far back as 1979 - and it is not forgotten as to..
Body Count - the crossover metal side venture of west coast hip-hop giant Tracy Marrow - better known as Ice-T - has been around for nigh on 30 years. As Ice-T himself explains on the 2017 album Bloodlust, 'moshing' occurred at hip-hop shows and Ice wanted to give his friend Ernie C an outlet to..
Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this..
Jerkstore is a three-piece blues infused heavy rock band from Aalborg in Denmark with several quality albums already in the bag and a few personnel changes too but it appears that Keld Rudd (vocals and guitar) and Stefan Korsgaard (drums) have been ever present with bassist Lars Jørgensen completing team. The come across as a..
Things get even more interesting on the second disc, with the lost tracks by the big guns jostling with ever more eye-opening lesser lights The 1960s are rightly remembered as being perhaps the most pivotal decade in the development of what we now know as rock music, and that largely comes from specific events. The..
In these strange and disturbing times, the music we love is not only still here to put a smile on our collective faces, but very much coming up with at least A DOZEN of new traditional heavy metal albums until the end of April. Yes, that’s right. I will try and say a few words..
Fostering influences from the likes of You Me at Six, Foo Fighters, Incubus and Paramore, five-piece alternative rock band Our City Fires may be a relatively fresh face on the UK’s music scene (having formed only in 2018), but the Leicester lads are keen to make their mark in 2020, following the recent release of..