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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.


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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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).


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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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