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Photo of Paul Di'Anno performing in Vietnam

Living in South East Asia, it’s not easy to overlook the fact that a Metal concert is either going to be a “core” oriented show or proper extreme Metal that shreds every note like the wall street shreds dreams. Words: Guru Bhai In the past I’ve had to travel from …
Photo of Finnish band Shiraz Lane

Shiraz Lane, the Hard Rock band from Finland, had recently completed a trip to North America on the Monsters of Rock Cruise, followed by  their first headlining tour of mainland Europe, before, inevitably, all plans ground to a halt.  Having discussed ways of staying active during the lockdowns, the idea for a live …
Bonfire - Fistful Of Fire album cover

Although their origins date back to 1972 as Cacumen, since emerging as Bonfire in 1986, the legendary German rockers have maintained a very prolific career, albeit with a barrel load of turbulent personnel changes. Words: Brian Boyle ‘Fistful Of Fire’ represents their sixteenth studio album and a swift return to …
Gun, on stage

Glasgow’s finest are back. Gracing the stage to a packed-out auditorium, they launched into a blinding rendition of the opening track from their brand new album ‘Frantic’. Blinding? Yes, blinding. With a lighting rig that rivals the power of the sun, the audience was literally dazzled by the appropriately placed …
Photo of Iron Maiden

The inevitable cancellation of this year Download Festival was announced by the organisers this lunchtime.  A statement reads: “Download Festival will no longer be taking place this year. “We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it’s become clear that it just isn’t possible for the 2020 festival to go …
Joe Satriani Shapeshifting Album

Joe Satriani has rescheduled dates on his Shapeshifting Tour until spring next year due to the current coronavirus pandemic, although the new album ‘Shapeshifting’ is still on track for its 10th April release. Joe tells us: “The current COVID-19 virus has now reached pandemic proportions and is making daily life …
The Virginmarys on stage at Londons Borderline

When MetalTalk were invited for an exclusive chat with rock deity, The Virginmarys, at the brand new revamped Borderline, we said “hell yes”. Words: Philip Welford Pictures: Eric Duvet Chatting to Ally, Danny and newish boy Ross, the band are very excited to be back at this legendary underground den …
Mord’A’Stigmata Band Photo

Adding to their discography of five studio full lengths (as well as several demos, splits and compilations), Polish Avantgarde-Black Metal quartet Mord’A’Stigmata have now released a live album, ‘Songs for the Exiles (Live At Roadburn 2019)’. Recorded at the Dutch festival in Tilburg last April, who would have known eleven …
Cover of Rick Parfitt solo album

On Saturday 21st July 1984 at Milton Keynes Bowl, Status Quo performed the last show of their ‘End of the Road Tour’ in front of 40,000 fans. Although many thought this was the end of the band frontman Francis Rossi stated at the time, “Everybody seems to think we’re splitting …

Strings. It’s all a big mystery isn’t it? Every guitar hero and bass god has them, they make the sound that we rock to but what are strings? Words: Chris Dale How are they made? Why are some thick and some thin? What gauge strings do AC/DC use? Can I …