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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 …
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 …
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 …

Having toured and worked together for many years it makes perfect sense for the Norwegian Black Metal outfits ‘Taake’, masterminded by Hoest and duo ‘Whoredom Rife’ to do a split release. Aptly named ‘Pakt’, it was a decision made and a name decided, whilst touring together in South America. Words: …
Desolation Angels Album Cover

To any self respecting Rock/Metal lover, the emergence of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement will always be regarded as one of the greatest feats in the history of mankind. Words: Brian Boyle The birth of heavyweights like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon and Motorhead sent a warning …
Band photo of Satans Empire

Today sees the release of ‘Hail The Empire’, the second album from Satan’s Empire and it’s a gem of a historic NWOBHM style that marks triumph over adversity. Recently the band held auditions in an attempt to find a replacement for vocalist Derek Lyon, who had to stand aside due …
Iron Maiden Tour Poster

You know things are getting extremely serious when Iron Maiden cancel tour dates and that’s exactly what’s happened this morning as the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ Australia and New Zealand dates scheduled for May 1st to 13th have now inevitably fallen, due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation and recent Government …

David Ellefson, the acclaimed Megadeth bassist and patron of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, has tonight announced details of his ‘SCHOOL’S OUT’ initiative to provide one to one mentoring sessions to students unable to school during the current crisis. Featuring a host of major Rock and Metal artists, this …