Annie is a revelation throughout ... the standard that she continues to reach four decades on from the first release of these albums is quite astonishing. In 2011 Renaissance undertook a US tour which consisted of them performing their classic albums Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade & Other Stories in their entirety. Here in..
It felt like a cathartic goodbye to both the band members for at least another year and to the much loved venue, sadly, forever. A truly unique and emotional night was in store for all attendees of The Citadel in St Helens on June 14th 2019. This gig was special for a number of reasons...
During their performance at Rock in Rio Festival last Friday (4 October), Brazilian metal icons SEPULTURA unveiled the first details of their upcoming studio album, and now want to make it official for their worldwide fan base; the band's next full-length release will be a thrilling concept album titled Quadra, scheduled to see the light of..
Fans of European heavy rock, and particularly Swedish hard rock bands, will need no introduction to Joseph Tholl. He's been around since 2007 or thereabouts, with a wide range of bands starting with his own Joseph Tholl and the Escapades album dating from 2008, this being a pleasant collection of tunes that are distinctly softer..
It would not be (near enough) Hallowe’en without the horror punk icon and the Duke of Spook himself, Wednesday 13 and a new collection of (de)compositions. While it is pretty much a given that Wednesday’s eighth outing still has plenty of the usual ghoulish goings on and entwined with some devilishly dark humour, Necrophaze also..
First, a confession. I have to tell you that this review relates to an album that came out at the end of last year but missed the cut in the sad demise of the CRS magazine "Rock Society". When I originally reviewed this album, I thought it was so good that I went straight out..
Bent Knee are not a band we ever want to lose to a play-it-safe conformity... Have you ever been left breathless and dazed by something that made you feel like you had one of those little rings of cartoon birds chirping around your head? I expect many will feel that way once they've reached the..
A very strong work which succeeds on its own terms in its aim to set out this emotional, sensory world ... You feel as if you have stepped into someone’s soul and are living their life and feeling what they feel, without always knowing exactly why. For those new to the Blackheart Orchestra, it needs..
Had Flying Colors never existed, it would be strange to try and conceive of them. On paper, merging legendary Dixie Dregs heroes Steve Morse and Dave LaRue with prog rock's prolific allies Neal Morse and Mike Portnoy, and then dropping in pop/alt-rock singer and songwriter Casey McPherson might seem an odd match, but it's proven..
Complex arrangements and heavy beats make it prog-metal indeed, but front man Danny Estrin’s one-sided hairy mane and bright white jacket give it a decidedly 1980s glam-pop edge... Shattered Skies A three-band evening in Great Portland Street was kicked off by Shattered Skies, a hard-hitting Anglo-Irish combo whose power rock is difficult to pigeonhole –..