HAZE – Back To The Bones (Gabadon Records)

Mention the early-'80s 'Neo-prog' movement, and it's virtually guaranteed that you will get the usual roster of names mentioned: Marillion (of course!), IQ, Pendragon, Pallas, Solstice maybe ... but very rarely will you hear the name Haze. This is a shocking omission, given that the band actually formed in 1978, and were right in the..

ENSLAVED – BEYOND THE GATES ‘BELOW THE LIGHTS’ DIGITAL SHOW STREAMS TODAY @ 7PM BST / 8PM CEST PART 2 OF CINEMATIC SUMMER TOUR

Enslaved are preparing for the second show of their Cinematic Summer Tour, streaming this evening at 7pm BST / 8pm CEST. This special performance is called Below The Lights - named after their 2003 ground-breaking 7th studio album which they'll be playing in full for the very first time! It's a collaboration with Bergen's infamous Beyond The Gates Festival...

RORY GALLAGHER – Extensive new compilation due in October

The Best Of Rory Gallagher to be released in a variety of formats and tracklistings, on CD, vinyl and digital Formats: 2LP black vinyl, limited 2LP clear vinyl, 2CD, 1CD, Digital HD, Digital StandardRelease Date: Friday 9th October 2020Label: UMC Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums Blues (2019) and the..

The Hawkins – Silence Is a Bomb (The Sign Records)

Eek! On first listen I assumed this lot would be another set of teenagers, sounding along the lines of My Chemical Romance, early Green Day, Our Lady Peace, you know the kind of thing, quite derivative, youthful angst.....HOWEVER! this album is massively full of surprises, there's several three chord thrashes but followed by quite mesmeric..

Vicious Rumors – Celebration Decay (Steamhammer)

What a nice surprise we have here. US power metal veterans Vicious Rumors are back with their 13th studio album, which will be released this coming Friday, August 21st. Formed 41 years ago by the only original remaining band member – guitarist Geoff Thorpe, these Californians have always been waving the flag of guitar-driven heavy..

ARCTIC RAIN – The One (Frontiers)

I am starting to believe that the new rule of thumb on determining a band’s origin is that if they are melodic rock, refined, modern and supremely skilled with an instant and mid-Atlantic delivery then they must be Swedish. Such is the case with Arctic Rain, a new and ambitious rock band that has released..

Dead Games Records giveaway!

Dead Games Records Giveaway - Win CDs from Idiot Robot, Magni and Until The Sky Dies Earlier this year, newly established Dead Games Records announced the upcoming releases of death pop unit Idiot Robot and progressive blackened folk project Magni. Idiot Robot's self-titled album and Magni's self-titled EP are due out September 4, 2020. Dead..

Thunder – UK tour statement

STATEMENT: In light of the ongoing situation and threat of COVID-19 globally, the THUNDER UK tour can no longer take place in November 2020.  The shows have been rescheduled to the dates below, and all original tickets remain valid.  All previously announced support acts remain the same. May 2021 Thu 13 - Cardiff Motorpoint ArenaFri..

Piston- new single ‘Let It Rise’ out now!

Piston (Photo: Adam Kennedy) Piston are pleased to announce the release of their new single Let Us Rise on Friday 14th August 2020 which will be available on all digital music platforms including Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music. The single is remixed by James Curtis-Thomas (Aaron Buchanan). *UPDATE* Piston to support Thunder on their rescheduled..

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT – Live In London (Frontiers)

Let’s face it, if your band officially formed in 1971, had significant roots going back to 1967 and is still a fully functioning unit, then every year will be a significant anniversary of something or other. This definitely seems to be the case with the Blue Öyster Cult, and the celebratory releases are coming thick and..