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HARD ROCK HELL V Pontins, Prestatyn 2nd/4th December 2011 Mark Taylor Hard Rock Hell is rightly gaining a reputation for being the finest heavy rock festival known to mankind. Now in it’s fifth year, the fourth to be held here at sunny Prestatyn in North Wales, we thought it was …

Thanks to Dutch Michaels, Sam Hill and Pikey B for the shots…

The Getaway summer festival in Gävle, Sweden which Manowar are scheduled to headline in 2012, is engulfed in a scandal and Joey DeMaio is about to fly to Stockholm to sort it. “Nobody fucks with our fans!” Joey is clearly upset and worried about how the staff and the fans …

CHRIS CORNELL ‘Songbook’ (Universal) Released: 21st November 2011 Johnny Main You would think that being part of the recently reformed Soundgarden would keep you busy – not so for Chris Cornell, who toured the US acoustically from March to May. This is the document of some of the many different …

You may not have heard much about The Slide yet, but I can pretty much guarantee that over the next year, you will. ‘The Slide’ EP Self-released: 4th November 2011 Judith Fisher                   Hailing from Sweden but London-based and with very much …

Austrian extremists Cadaverous Condition have been extant for over twenty years now, in that time releasing a half dozen ‘proper’ full-lengthers along with a multitude of other releases. Yet your reviewer is ashamed to admit that he’s never heard a note of the band’s music until ‘Burn Brightly Alone’ turned …

Alloy… it’s a substance made up of two or more metals… See where this is going? ‘Alloy’ is also the latest offering from Amanda Somerville, the hugely talented American singer-songwriter, best known for her collaborations with Metal bands including Avantasia and Epica. Frontiers Records Release date: November 4th 2011 Kate …

DUB TRIO ‘IV’ (ROIR) Released: 25th October 2011 Jeff Kent Don’t be fooled or misled by the name. Dub Trio is every bit as heavy as your traditionally named Metal band. As drummer Joe Tomino points out, it’s “dub as a concept and less as a genre synonymous to reggae, …

The year was 1986. It was a different time. CD players were still new and exotic… and I didn’t have one yet; that meant I did all my listening on cassette tape. They were handy little things that you could carry in your pocket and play just about anywhere, but …

Arch/Matheos… I suppose for some of you these are just two names on an album cover. For others they evoke goose bump causing memories and flashes of musical brilliance from 25 years ago. If you get excited as I do when seeing these names then you’re either old like me …