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3.5/5 Kobra And The Lotus The Underworld
2.5/5 Brutai 3rd December 2017
3.5/5 Dendera

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3.5/5 Royal Republic Koko
3.5/5 Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics 1st December 2017

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Aaron Buchanan is a name I'd heard before, but this was the first time I'd seen him. It turns out that he used to be in Heaven's Basement, although he didn't join the band until after I last saw them. He's a reasonable charismatic frontman with a decent voice. The band play no frills blues based hard rock. Of note here was that Paul White was on drums. I haven't seen him performing live for the best part of a decade, and I'd forgotten how entertaining he was to watch. The band were let down by the mix somewhat and the guitars were hard to hear, but there was enough there that I'll pay attention to them in the future.

Royal Republic were a bit of an accident. I discovered them some years ago when I was walking between stages at Download. They were playing on the acoustic stage that was en route, and I stopped to see what they were like. As it turned out, they were a pretty compelling live experience (even in acoustic form), and I stayed for the rest of their set. I checked out a few songs after the festival, but hadn't really followed them much other than that. But I saw they were playing in London and went along. I'm glad I did. They're a far more mainstream band than I'd usually see, perhaps describable as garage rock meets rock 'n' roll. The sound quality was much, much better than it had been for the support act, and the band were very tight and very professional. Highlights for me were "Tommy-gun", "Weekend-man", a cover of Iron Maiden's "Fear of the dark" and "Full steam spacemachine". Something a bit different, but a band I'd happily see again.


4/5 Graham Bonnet The Underworld
4/5 The Brink 29th December 2017
3/5 Evyltyde

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4/5 Temperance The Hammer And The Anvil, Birmingham
2.5/5 A Clockwork Opera 24th December 2017
4/5 Darkest Obsidian

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4/5 Dakesis O'Neill's, Leytonstone
4/5 Fury 23rd December 2017
3.5/5 The Loved And Lost

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Retribution Alive Big Red
??/5 Sacrilege 18th December 2017
4/5 Neverworld
3/5 Kaine
3/5 Stuka Squadron
3.5/5 Alastria

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3.5/5 Shot Through The Heart The Lounge 666
17th November 2017

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3.5/5 Xandria The Dome
4/5 Metaprism 17th November 2017

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4/5 Alice Cooper Wembley Arena
3.5/5 The Mission 16th November 2017
2/5 The Tubes

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3.5/5 Helloween 14th November 2017

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4/5 The Faces Of Sarah The Fiddler's Elbow
2.5/5 All Living Fear 10th November 2017
2.5/5 The Ghost Of Lemora

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4.5/5 Unleash The Archers The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
3/5 Stormbringer 8th November 2017
3/5 The Reaper
3/5 Hanowar

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Hanowar were a man down for this show, so Dom had to learn the guitar parts that he doesn't usually play. Not a bad Hanowar performance, and the crowd were getting into the swing of things with the supplied swords, but not one of their better ones either.

The Reaper were a young band playing hard rock. They were a bit lighter and more mainstream than the rest of the bands on tonight's bill, but acquitted themselves admirably nonetheless. The songs were good and the playing and the vocals were OK. The band are a bit green, and the frontman was clearly not accustomed to being in front of an audience. But given time, there's every chance they'll grow into something much more than they are now, and they potentially have a bright future ahead of them.

I'd seen Stormbringer in London years ago where they'd impressed. They hadn't quite kept up with that first impression when they played Bloodstock and tonight was more of the same, albeit with a new vocalist now. They're a decent metal band, but on tonight's evidence, not an outstanding one. They kept the energy level high and put on a good show, but for me there was just something missing.

So on to Unleash The Archers. Last night, they'd been hampered by a small stage and poor sound. Tonight was much better on both fronts. The sound still wasn't perfect, but it was head and shoulders above the sound for the London show. The set started off a little slowly, but had picked up by the time they played "Cleanse the bloodlines" and it only got better from there on in, and the last three songs of the set ("Time stands still", "General of the dark army" and "Tonight we ride") were frankly godlike. This is metal at its best. Great strongwriting, strong musicians and Brittney's voice is unbelievable, both in terms of the notes she hits and the duration for which she holds them. Another strong contender for gig of the year.


4/5 Orden Ogan Islington Academy
4/5 Rhapsody Of Fire 7th November 2017
4/5 Unleash The Archers

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4/5 MSG Shepherds Bush Empire
3.5/5 Departed 2nd November 2017

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4/5 Delain Koko
3.5/5 Serenity 1st November 2017
3.5/5 Cellar Darling

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4/5 Gothminister The Underworld
1.5/5 The Black Evil Blood 31st October 2017
3.5/5 Auger

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I'd never heard of Auger before tonight's show, but I found myself really enjoying their set. The band consists of a guitarist and a keyboard player, both of whom contribute to the vocals. They play what I guess could be described as industrial metal mixed with darkwave over electronica. Whatever you choose to call the genre, it worked really well. If I had a slight criticism, it would be that they were trying too hard with the vocals. They might be better off just singing, rather than going for the low pitched vocals, which work much but not all of the time, and felt a bit forced.

I'd never heard of The Black Evil Blood either, but they were nowhere near as entertaining as the openers. They started out playing bluesy doom metal, which was a bit out of place for this lineup, but not terrible. But as the set progressed, they introduced more and more wierd elements to the sound, such as interspersing female black metal vocals, and for me it just didn't work. They describe themselved as death 'n' roll, but I'm not sure that's really accurate. They weren't helped by having a very sloppy guitarist and bass player, something that remained true when they swapped instruments mid-set.

So on to Gothminister then. I'd discovered them many years earlier at one of the Gotham festivals, but they'd dropped off my radar and I was unaware that the band even still existed. When I saw this show organised, I knew I had to get a ticket to see if they were as good as I'd remembered. That answer is that yes, they were. I can't recall exactly what they sounded like back in the day, but these days they're solidly in the industrial metal camp, and it works well. They sound a bit like a mix of Rammstein and Die Apokalytischen Reiter. Highlights would be the opener, "Ich will alles" as well as "Utopia" and "Dusk Till Dawn". Definitely a band I'll go and see again when they're next in these parts.


3.5/5 Power Quest The Underworld
3.5/5 Death Valley Knights 29th October 2017
3/5 Nightmare World

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1.5/5 Rough Hands Electric Brighton
4/5 Liquid Sky 28th October 2017
2/5 Anacondas
3/5 Devil's Playground
2/5 Moodhoover
3.5/5 Emersis
??/5 Sobek
2.5/5 Cenfora

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3.5/5 Bigfoot The Underworld
3.5/5 Dead Man's Whiskey 26th October 2017
2.5/5 Sinner Sinners

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??/5 Metaprism The Dev
3/5 X-Tinxion 19th October 2017

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4/5 Midge Ure Wycombe Swan Theatre
2.5/5 The Christians 18th October 2017
3.5/5 Clare Grogan

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3.5/5 Dragonforce The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
3.5/5 Power Quest 14th October 2017

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3/5 The Grudge The Dev
??/5 Gévaudan 13th October 2017
??/5 Heinous Pianist

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4/5 Dragonforce The Electric Ballroom
4/5 Power Quest 13th October 2017

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4/5 Chasing Dragons The Black Heart
3/5 Evyltyde 11th October 2017
3.5/5 Kingbreaker
2/5 Bled The Fifth

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4/5 Satyricon Heaven
2.5/5 Suicidal Angels 29th September 2017
??/5 Fight The Fight

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4.5/5 Evergrey The Underworld
2.5/5 Need 26th September 2017

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British Steel The Underworld
4/5 Grim Reaper 23rd September 2017
3/5 Amulet
4/5 Eliminator
3.5/5 Seven Sisters
2.5/5 Aggressive Perfector

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3/5 Lagerstein The Boston Music Room
3.5/5 Red Rum 22nd September 2017

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4/5 Serious Black The Underworld
3.5/5 Herman Frank 12th September 2017
3.5/5 My Own Ghost

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I didn't even know My Own Ghost were going to be playing until I turned up at the venue. They hadn't been listed on any of the promotional material I'd seen for this show. I'd vaguely heard the name before, but knew nothing about the band. They turned out to be a quite respectable female fronted metal band. The genre is hard to pin down, but they mostly avoid the operatic side of things, opting instead for a sound that's sometimes gothic metal, sometimes with pop/electronic influences, but mostly just straight ahead no nonsense melodic metal. Julie has a good voice, and the whole thing works well. They're a band I'll look out for in the future.

Herman Frank was once Accept's second guitarist, and that background clearly shows here, with a set of well crafted traditional metal. Herman can still shred and there were some good guitar leads on display here. The only real downside was the poor mix, which let him down quite badly. Fortunately, that was rectified by the time headliners Serious Black hit the stage. I only have their debut album and while it's good, it was power metal by the numbers and didn't really set the world on fire. On the evidence shown here, the newer material is much more ambitious and is a definite step up. Urban Breed's vocals were on form again here. The band were deserved headliners on the night and put on a strong showing, along with a very long set. It's not often you see bands nearing the 2 hour mark. All in all, an enjoyable night of metal with good performances from all three bands.


3.5/5 The Sisters Of Mercy The Roundhouse
2.5/5 Therapy? 1st September 2017

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2/5 Edenbridge The Robin 2, Bilston
3.5/5 Enemy Of Reality 20th August 2017
4/5 Dakesis
4.5/5 Control The Storm
3.5/5 Darkest Obsidian
2/5 A Clockwork Opera
3.5/5 FyreSky

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Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall
3/5 Black Shot Rose 13th August 2017
2.5/5 Wintersun
3.5/5 Megadeth
??/5 Voodoo Blood
??/5 Bossk
??/5 Orphan Gears
??/5 Blaakyum
4/5 Arch Enemy
??/5 Vorbid
??/5 Arthemis
??/5 Unitra
??/5 Mist
1.5/5 Skindred
1.5/5 Criminal
3/5 Na Cruithne
3.5/5 Silverchild
3/5 Hell
??/5 Netherhall
??/5 Oni
??/5 Atragon
??/5 Prognosis
2.5/5 Wolfheart
??/5 Shrouded
??/5 Obituary
0.5/5 Everest Queen
??/5 Puppy
??/5 Sentience
2.5/5 Possessed
2/5 Courtesans
1.5/5 Torqued
0.5/5 Brujeria
??/5 Heathen Deity
??/5 Wretched Soul
1.5/5 Seething Akira
??/5 Blind Haze
0.5/5 Venom Prison
??/5 Battalions
2/5 Gravil
1/5 Broken Teeth
??/5 Switchblade City

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2/5 Steak 12th August 2017
2/5 Macabre
3.5/5 Ghost
??/5 Departed
4/5 Xentrix
??/5 Noisepicker
4.5/5 Dakesis
4/5 Kreator
??/5 Zhora
??/5 Ohhms
3.5/5 Twisted Illusion
??/5 Decrepit Monolith
1/5 Hatebreed
3/5 Red Rum
??/5 Hoofknuckle
??/5 Tales Of Autumn
??/5 Malum Sky
4/5 Florence Black
??/5 Municipal Waste
3.5/5 Spyder Byte
??/5 Ba’al
??/5 Gods
??/5 Solar Sons
4/5 Annihilator
??/5 Bangover
??/5 Abhorrent Decimation
??/5 Infected Dead
1/5 King 810
??/5 The One Hundred
1/5 Raised By Owls
3.5/5 Havok
??/5 Titan Breed
3/5 Kroh
??/5 Reaper
??/5 Eradikator
3/5 Winterfylleth
??/5 Hundred Year Old Man
4/5 Blind River
??/5 Fallujah
??/5 Ward XVI

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Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall
2/5 Darth Elvis And The Imperials 11th August 2017
??/5 Inquisition
3/5 Amon Amarth
4/5 Hanowar
2.5/5 Lionize
??/5 Manidu
??/5 Nordjevel
4/5 Blind Guardian
??/5 Mantra
??/5 Shrapnel
??/5 Biggus Riffus
??/5 Blood Oath
3.5/5 Testament
??/5 Black Moth
??/5 Enslavement
??/5 Trendkill
??/5 Seek Solace In Ruin
4/5 Seasons End
2/5 Decapitated
??/5 Hung Daddy
2/5 Devils Playground
4/5 Dendera
??/5 Raze The Void
3.5/5 Soilwork
??/5 Electric Mother
3/5 Morass Of Molasses
2/5 Blood Thread
3.5/5 Devilment
??/5 Corpsing
??/5 Ashen Crown
1/5 Whitechapel
??/5 Thuum
3.5/5 Endeavour
??/5 Embodiment
??/5 Internal Conflict
1.5/5 Chelsea Grin
??/5 K Lacura
??/5 Iron Rat
??/5 Forever Still
??/5 Merithian

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Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall
4/5 Battle Beast 10th August 2017
3.5/5 Wind Rose
??/5 The Infernal Sea
??/5 Gurt
??/5 Ramage Inc

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4/5 Dendera The Black Heart
3.5/5 Primitai 7th August 2017
3.5/5 Seven Sisters

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Wacken Open Air Wacken
4/5 Avantasia 5th August 2017
4/5 Primal Fear
4/5 Serenity
2.5/5 Amon Amarth
3/5 Taina
4.5/5 Uli Jon Roth
4/5 Powerwolf
3.5/5 Beyond The Black
4/5 Rage

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2.5/5 Cypecore 4th August 2017
1.5/5 Marilyn Manson
4/5 Megadeth
3.5/5 Emperor
4/5 Apocalyptica
4/5 Grand Magus
3.5/5 Sonata Arctica
3.5/5 Grave Digger
3/5 Evil Scarecrow
3.5/5 Lacuna Coil
3.5/5 Warrant

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Wacken Open Air Wacken
4/5 Accept 3rd August 2017
3/5 Bai Bang
3.5/5 Status Quo
2.5/5 Henry Rollins
3.5/5 Europe
4.5/5 Ross The Boss
3.5/5 The Wild Lies
2/5 Mambo Kurt
2/5 Inferum
3.5/5 Rising Dream

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Wacken Open Air Wacken
2.5/5 The Boomtown Rats 2nd August 2017
3.5/5 Annihilator
3/5 The Dolmen

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4/5 Dorja The Unicorn
3.5/5 Meansteed 18th July 2017
2.5/5 Gelato

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SOS Festival The Longfield Suite, Prestwich
4/5 Power Quest 16th July 2017
4/5 Triaxis
3.5/5 Chris Appleton
4/5 Fahran
3.5/5 Dorja
3/5 Fire Red Empress
3.5/5 Dorja
3.5/5 Kill Or Cure
3/5 Harriet!
3.5/5 The Deep
3/5 Harriet!
3/5 Eternal Breath
3.5/5 Faith In Glory
2.5/5 Resin

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SOS Festival The Longfield Suite, Prestwich
3/5 Xlerator 15th July 2017
4/5 Blaze Bayley
3/5 Bad Pollyanna
3/5 Screaming Eagles
2.5/5 Bad Pollyanna
3/5 Pythia
3.5/5 Gemma Fox
2.5/5 Die No More
3.5/5 Gemma Fox
3.5/5 Primitai
2.5/5 Luke Appleton
2.5/5 Sister Rose
3/5 Luke Appleton
2.5/5 Damaj
3/5 John Doyle
3/5 Vice
3/5 John Doyle
2.5/5 Core Of The Nation
??/5 Crowsaw

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3.5/5 FyreSky The Fiddler's Elbow
2/5 Vendetta 2nd July 2017
2.5/5 Dylan T Rocks
3.5/5 Second Rate Angels
2/5 Julián González Kitzing

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Metal 2 The Masses London The Scala
??/5 Famyne 1st July 2017
2/5 Acid Reign
2.5/5 Sutalkerah
2/5 Opensight
2/5 Sentience
3/5 Bangover
2.5/5 Purple Kong
2/5 Deep Throat Trauma

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3.5/5 Chris Holmes Mean Man The Underworld
3/5 Alexa De Strange 29th June 2017
3.5/5 Hammerjack

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Stone Free The O2
3.5/5 Steve 'n' Seagulls 17th June 2017
4/5 Rainbow
3/5 Sweet
2/5 Evil Blizzard
3/5 Blue Öyster Cult
3/5 Buck And Evans
3.5/5 Massive
3/5 The Answer
2.5/5 Massive Wagons
3/5 Gun
3/5 Death Valley Knights
3.5/5 The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

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4/5 Metaprism The Unicorn
3.5/5 Skarthia 11th June 2017
2.5/5 Shadows Of Violence
3/5 Dead Before Mourning

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4/5 Power Quest The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
2/5 Lonely Dakota 10th June 2017
3/5 Hanowar

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4/5 Tim Ripper Owens The Underworld
3/5 Neuronspoiler 4th June 2017
2.5/5 Echotime
3.5/5 Dethonator

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2.5/5 Evyltyde The Fiddler's Elbow
2/5 Alwaid 1st June 2017
3.5/5 Forged In Black

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3.5/5 Nocean The Black Heart
3/5 Evyltyde 25th May 2017
2/5 Jade Vine

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3.5/5 Heidevolk Camden Assembly
1.5/5 Old Corpse Road 21st May 2017
4/5 Sellsword

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3/5 The Arch Islington Academy 2
2.5/5 The Danse Society 6th May 2017
3.5/5 The Faces Of Sarah

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3.5/5 Diary Of Dreams The Dome
2.5/5 Empathy Test 5th May 2017

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4/5 Uli Jon Roth The Underworld
2/5 Crystal Breed 3rd May 2017

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3.5/5 Shot Through The Heart The Lounge 666
2/5 Anzi Destruction And The Trumps 29th April 2017
3/5 Deadbeat
??/5 Flavour Nurse
??/5 Peter Van Toy

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4/5 Dakesis The Fiddler's Elbow
4.5/5 Triaxis 22nd April 2017
3/5 Kingbreaker
2/5 Anova Skyward

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Retribution Alive The Lounge 666
2.5/5 Serpentyne 21st April 2017
3.5/5 Airforce
0.5/5 End of salvation
2/5 Stealth
??/5 Scars Of Sense

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4/5 Temperance The Lounge 666
2.5/5 Evyltyde 20th April 2017
4/5 Metaprism

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Northern Symphony Festival The Venue, Selby
4/5 Control The Storm 15th April 2017
4/5 Dakesis
2/5 Celestial Wish
1/5 Rugosa
2/5 Synthetic
3/5 Prophecy
3.5/5 Sorrow's End

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??/5 Engraved Disillusion The Face Bar, Reading
3.5/5 Control The Storm 14th April 2017
1.5/5 From Once We Came
2.5/5 Aramantus
3.5/5 Her Despair

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4/5 Dragonforce The Black Heart
12th April 2017

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4/5 Metaprism Sound Circus, Bournemouth
4/5 Triaxis 7th April 2017
2.5/5 Evyltyde
??/5 Endea

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3.5/5 Steve Stevens & Band Islington Academy
2.5/5 Gus G 5th April 2017

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4/5 Grand Magus The Underworld
2.5/5 Planet Of Zeus 2nd April 2017
??/5 Blind River

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4.5/5 Ross The Boss The Underworld
??/5 Elm Street 30th March 2017

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3/5 Metalworks The Monarch
3/5 Stuka Squadron 26th March 2017

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3.5/5 Dorja The Unicorn
2.5/5 Killing Man Jaroh 29th March 2017
??/5 The Wizard Kings

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3.5/5 Seven Sisters The Unicorn
??/5 Primitai 24th March 2017
??/5 Eliminator

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4.5/5 Battle Beast The Underworld
3.5/5 Majesty 24th March 2017
2.5/5 Gyze

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4/5 Devilskin The Underworld
2.5/5 Sumo Cyco 22nd March 2017
2/5 Eva Plays Dead

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4/5 Jizzy Pearl / Love / Hate The Underworld
3.5/5 Knock Out Kaine 19th March 2017
??/5 Emperors Of The Wasteland

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4/5 Danko Jones The Garage
2.5/5 Miraculous Mule 15th March 2017

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4/5 Lita Ford Islington Academy
3/5 Rock Goddess 12th March 2017

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Rock Goddess were also-rans in the '80s and it's easy enough to see why here. There was nothing wrong with them. Indeed, they were all quite competent musicians, playing well. But somehow there was just something missing. The songs weren't particularly memorable, and while I enjoyed the performance, there was nothing to make it stand out compared to any number of others.

Lita Ford had last played in the UK in the '80s. I hadn't seen her then, and I'd been waiting nearly 30 years to see her performing live. Was it worth the wait? Yes, it was. She's aged incredibly well compared to her contemporaries, and can still hit the notes and play the guitar (despite breaking a couple of strings in the process). Highlights for me were "Larger than life", "Hungry", "Can't catch me" and the obligatory "Close my eyes forever" (with guitarist Patrick Kennison singing Ozzy's parts).


Lounge Fest 2 The Lounge 666
3.5/5 King Lizard 4th March 2017
4/5 The Brink
3/5 Damn Dice
2/5 Arcane Militia

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Foggy's Birthday Bash The Sussex Arms, East Grinstead
3/5 Skeptical Minds 3rd March 2017
4/5 Control The Storm

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Power Metal Quest Fest The Roadhouse, Birmingham
4/5 Triaxis 26th February 2017
4/5 Dakesis
3.5/5 Ascension
4/5 Sellsword
3.5/5 Farseer
4/5 Control The Storm
3/5 Proscenium
3.5/5 The Mighty Wraith

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Rock Mélange The Lounge 666
2.5/5 Rock Reunited 22nd February 2017
1.5/5 Dean Adams
??/5 Tactful Kactus

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4.5/5 Firewind The Underworld
4/5 Manimal 19th February 2017
3/5 Scar Of The Sun

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4/5 Rhombus Nambucca
1.5/5 La Chansons Noire 18th February 2017

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3/5 Soto The Underworld
3/5 Bigfoot 17th February 2017
??/5 Vanadine

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Camden Rocks Proud Camden
2.5/5 Seasons 11th February 2017
2.5/5 When Our Time Comes
3.5/5 Eva Plays Dead
2.5/5 Nine Miles South
3/5 48 Hours
3.5/5 Hanging Doll
2/5 True Heights
3.5/5 Florence Black
2/5 Fjokra
??/5 Our Propaganda

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4/5 Amberian Dawn Boston Music Room
3/5 Diabulus In Musica 10th February 2017
3/5 Crimson Sun

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3.5/5 Epica Shepherds Bush Empire
4/5 Powerwolf 3rd February 2017
3/5 Beyond The Black

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Retribution Alive The Unicorn
2.5/5 Die Kur 27th January 2017
4/5 Season's End
2.5/5 Maxdmyz
2.5/5 Call Of Fenrir
1.5/5 Cold In July

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3.5/5 Tyketto Islington Academy
2.5/5 Romeo's Daughter 26th January 2017

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3.5/5 Manuskript Nambucca
2.5/5 The Ghost Of Lemora 21st January 2017
2/5 Nine Day Decline

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4/5 Sabaton Brixton Academy
4/5 Accept 14th January 2017
3.5/5 Twilight Force

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