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Mike LePond's Silent Assassins album cover

The Power Metal of Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins can be heard in its full glory, as today is new album ‘Whore Of Babylon’ release day (26 June). It is the third album from the band, lead by LePond, who is known worldwide as one of the foremost bass virtuosos in …
Photo of the band Ensiferum

The folk-inspired melodic Death Metal of Ensiferum is set to take a slightly different path on the bands upcoming eighth studio album, ‘Thalassic’, which will hit the shops 10 July 2020. ‘Thalassic’, taken from the ancient Greek as ‘of or relating to seas’, incorporates the traditional orchestrations and folk instrumentation, …
Photo of the band TerraDown

Dutch Melodic Death/Groove Metal outfit TerraDown may be a young band, but they have a very mature and heavy philosophical view, with their lyrics based around “a group of survivors in a broken world, where all the faults and mistakes of our present day society led to an apocalyptic event”. …
Photo of Arjen Lucassen, from Ayreon

The new Ayreon album, ‘Transitus’, has been announced today by Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Lucassen and it promises to be one of the most epic packages Ayreon have ever put together. ‘Transitus’ is built around a new story and, while not connected to the Ayreon universe, there are subtle links. The …
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Glasgow, 2017

Following on from a successful trio of live dates last year, Ritchie Blackmore has once again plugged in his Fender Stratocaster and reacquainted himself with the Deep Purple/Rainbow back catalogue to venture out on another clutch of dates. Words: Johnny Main, Pictures: Carlan Braid Blackmore’s tour itinerary this year included …
Photo of the band Sky Valley Mistress

People go mad in the desert, the relentless heat attacking body and brain until both are reduced to a gloopy stew. Sky Valley Mistress know this only too well as they travelled from their home in Blackburn to the hot and unforgiving otherworld of Southern California. To mis-quote Dorothy in …
Blue Oyster Cult, live

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of arguably their most famous album ‘Agents Of Fortune’, Blue Öyster Cult have chosen to take a slightly different approach. Instead of merely remastering the original album with added extras, Blue Öyster Cult chose to play the album from start to finish during an exclusive concert …
Gene Simmons, Kiss

Gene Simmons has seen sense and abandoned his trademark application on the ‘Devil’s Horns’ hand gesture that he originally filed on 9th June with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Simmons expressly abandoned the application on June 20th. In his original applciation the Kiss vocalist/bassist claimed the gesture was …
Photo of Sammy Hagar

Former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine and talked about everything from the pitfalls of success to his occasionally lavish spending habits, but it was no surprise when the conversation eventually turned to Van Halen. Sammy clearly has a very good relationship with Rolling Stone …
#saveourvenues T-shirts from Marshall Amplification

The iconic Marshall Amplification company have launched a special t-shirt as part of their support for the #SaveOurVenues campaign. The campaign is highlighting the problems of, and raising funds for, our grass roots music venues, most of whom are in dire need of help in these unprecedented times. All proceeds …