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I’ve lost count of the amount of outdoor festivals I’ve attended over the years and although there has been some most memorable ones including the Knebworth Fayre 85, countless Monsters Of Rock fests at Castle Donington, the days when Reading rocked plus the numerous European jaunts I’ve been on including …

Jack Bruce talks to Pippa Lang about his first album for a decade, the star-spangled ‘Silver Rails’. The conversation turns to many things including the Delta Blues, the gorbals, Maggie Thatcher, restlessness, the postponed tour and, inevitably, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker… Pippa Lang It’s the tangible things that are …

WEAPON UK ‘Rising From The Ashes’ Worldwide Release Date: April 23rd 2014 Words: Roger Berzerk Fauske Those of us of a certain vintage are old enough to remember the NWOBHM movement when it first came about. Since those heady days, there have been a few bands who made it in …

ARKONA ‘Yav’ (Napalm Records) Release Date: May 5th 2014 Gary ‘Rockulus’ Clarke Back in 2002 these Russian Pagan Folk Metal maestros unveiled their demo called ‘Rus” and have been building on it ever since. From their debut studio album ‘Vozrozhdeniye’ (translated means ‘Revival’) released back in 2004 and five other …

Hailing from Coventry, Beholder are steadily making a name for themselves since they emerged (as a covers band) back in 2007. Johnny Main Unusually for such a young band they are self managed and self promoting, placing their destiny in their own hands. As a result of the freedom this …

Pennsylvania rockers Halestorm might well be the hardest working band in the business right now. The current line up is nearly 10 years old and averages over 200 gigs a year, an insane work ethic. Ian Sutherland All these gigs have honed them into a lean, mean live act and …

MetalTalk can this morning exclusively reveal that Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris is teaming up with Chas Hodges of Cockney duo Chas N’ Dave for an eponymous album called ‘Any Old Iron’ which will be released in the late summer. The music is very much in Chas N’ Dave’s unique musical …

I’ve heard some very high standards regarding albums during these first few months of 2014. One of these really emotive collections arrived wrapped in some striking artwork and went by the name of ‘Argia’. It is the third studio album by Spanish Gothic Metal merchants Diabulus In Musica and when …

Ian Sutherland Daughtry, for anyone who isn’t aware, are a US rock band formed by Chris Daughtry who came to public attention by coming fifth in American Idol almost ten years ago. They have become a great success, selling 20 million albums worldwide with their sub-Nickelback radio friendly rock style, …

After the success of their short UK tour in December, UK thrash Metal legends Xentrix are about the hit the road once again as support for American thrashers Overkill in what promises to be an unforgettable night. I caught up with Xentrix main man Chris Astley for a chat ahead …