Way back in the very early 1960s, a teenaged Eric Clapton was crafting his guitar style in various London bands. For a while he was teamed with another guitarist named Tom McGuinness, who would go on to success with 1960s pop-rockers Manfred Mann, then later with McGuinness Flint, the Blues Band and the latter-day Manfreds...
Geoff Downes has been a presence on the scene since, along with Trevor Horn, since The Buggles released Video Killed the Radio Star in 1979. Soon after this and a couple of Buggles albums later, he joined Prog overlords Yes in time to record their 1980 Drama album, leaving the band in 1981 but rejoining..
When Bernie Marsden passed away in August at the age of 72, one thing very quickly became clear: no one had a bad word to say about him. It’s not that he was the flashest, slickest guitarist on the planet, or even that he had the best blues licks or emotional communication, or that he..
Marduk is without a doubt among the hardest working bands in extreme music and especially in the black metal genre. Their persistency and perseverance have never wavered though their 33 years of existence and there is a reason for that. Marduk are about to release their fifteenth album next month and we took the opportunity..
The Sicilian guitar prodigy shares his reflections on The Journey - all photos by Paulo Terlizzi Sometimes, life just doesn’t seem fair. You love music, you start playing, you get in a band, you practise for years, you get good, you make a name for yourself. But then you hear someone who torpedoes your efforts..
This is a band that deserves respect. Fifth Angel have been here for nearly 40 years and have released two classic melodic metal albums in the eighties and one worthy successor in the new millennium. Now, the band is entering its fourth decade of existence risen from the ashes of the pandemic, crucial line-up changes,..
Photo: Mark Latham. The question as to the meaning of life is as old as human existence itself and no doubt someone sat outside in the bright late spring sunshine is musing that very question right now. While ancient civilisations blamed a bad harvest on their gods being displeased and millions have been persecuted, tortured..
Following the sad demise of Touchstone in 2015, co-founder member Rob Cottingham, aptly described by Fireworks magazine as a ‘prolifically talented and accomplished musician, songwriter and lyricist,’ took a little while to consider his next musical venture before returning in 2016 with his new band, Cairo. Their debut album, Say, was released the same year,..
You can’t talk about the second wave of black metal without mentioning Immortal. Battles In The North and At The Heart Of Winter are carved with golden letters in the history of extreme music and even if mastermind Demonaz is the only original and staying member of the band now, the tenth Immortal album War..
My conversation with Vali (the guitar player of Roadwolf) starts funny, because once he gets to know I was calling him from Bulgaria, he said an old children’s rhyme in my native language, which, having in mind the interview is with an Austrian band for an UK-based website, makes the world look small. Anyway, Roadwolf..