Whatever else 2020 can be said to have been, it has truly been a tragic year in the Uriah Heep world. Only a few short weeks ago saw the passing of the great Lee Kerslake, a giant of a man and half of one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock history, but now we..
For much of the 1970s and 1980s, Blue Öyster Cult were one of the leading heavy rock bands on the planet. Their fortune was not solely due to the music – although it was damn good - but also in the aura surrounding the band due to their lyrical focus on dark esoteric futuristic, fantasy..
Connor Bracken and the Mother Leeds Band are a young American band of whom great things are expected! September saw the release of their eagerly awaited second album Nightbird Motel, and all the signs are that this crew have a very promising future in front of them. Happily, Velvet Thunder were able to catch up..
Necrophobic are currently riding on the waves of deserved recognition. Finally. These Swedish black/death worshippers have always put out quality albums, but through the years, something was always missing – was it the production, the distribution, or something else. With 2018’s masterpiece Mark Of The Necrogram, the band released a career highlight and now, two..
Joey Vera is an old school legend – nothing less. Pulling the fat strings in Armored Saint since 1982, and also being a central figure in prog veterans Fates Warning for the last 23 years is an impressive CV, to say the least. We have new albums coming out from both his main bands (Armored..
He might not have been the first man to put all of his trademark licks and tricks into practice ... but he was unquestionably the first man to put them all together in one exhilarating, joyful, exuberant ball of sheer rock and roll adrenaline Guitar photos: Bryan Cline On Monday 6 October the news filtered..
I am ashamed to admit that I only very recently stumbled across Voodoo Six, even though the band have been around in one form or another since 2003. Given that their sound has all the classic hallmarks of Alter Bridge, Creed, Slash, Pearl Jam, Velvet Revolver, HIM, Avenged Sevenfold, Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs….how I've managed..
Saturday 19 September 2020 saw the passing away of drummer Lee Kerslake, with the principal cause of death being prostate cancer. He had already confounded doctors' predictions for himself twice over, so his demise does not come as a surprise. It does, however, come as a profound sadness to all of those who had known..
It has been a decade since bay area thrashers heathen released their last album the evolution of chaos. guitarist kragen lum talks to velvet thunder about the band's reformation in the new milennium and brings us right up to date with the story of the astonishing new album empire of the blind. Heathen (L-R): Jim..
It's been a busy few years for Arjen Lucassen since the release of the last Ayreon studio album The Source in 2017. Firstly, the colossal Ayreon Universe was a lavish stage production, a star-studded retrospective that spanned a quarter century's worth of music. Not to be outdone by his own opulence, Lucassen bravely upped the..