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Photo from the Epica Omega Alive performance

Dutch symphonic Metallers Epica have always taken the band name seriously. They can bring it down when they want to, but overblown, epic, huge, mind-blowing, these are all epithets you can apply to much of their back catalogue and globe-trotting tours. Epica – Omega Alive Words: Ian Sutherland Singer Simone …
Blind River, at Leo's Red Lion

Before Boris shut us down last year, my last gig was at Leo’s Red Lion, and that is where I’ve picked up again, this time for the ever-rising Blind River, who have this warm-up show before setting out on a UK tour with King Creature the very next day. Blind …
The Pineapple Thief, live show

Neo-prog stalwarts The Pineapple Thief played a very special online show to make up for their tour cancellation due to “that pandemic.” The Pineapple Thief – Versions Of The Truth Online Show Words: Robert Adams September 2020 saw The Pineapple Thief release album number 13, ‘Versions Of The Truth’ to …
Photo of Joe Bonamassa

If this past year has taught us anything, it is that we should never take a live gig for granted again, and that does not just mean the performance. The whole experience before, during and after is something that should be cherished a lot more from here on in. Joe …
Photo of the band Goatwhore

The first time I saw Goatwhore live was 12 May 2012, in support of their ‘Blood for the Master’ album alongside Havok, Angelus Apatrida and Three Inches of Blood. I remember it vividly as it was only the second live gig I had reviewed for MetalTalk, but more importantly because …
Photo of the band Evanescence

To say that the global pandemic has been problematic for the music industry is possibly the understatement of the year. Words: Paul Monkhouse Bands have had to reschedule and rethink their whole existences, facing huge challenges as how to continue being creative and able to communicate their music to the …
Frank Turner, The Troubadour. Photo: Eric Duvet/MetalTalk

Last Thursday (3 December) saw the return of live music to London’s legendary Troubadour Cafe with a blazing set by Frank Turner, accompanied by a blistering display of Mandolin dexterity by Matt Nasir. Words: Ian Williamson Photography: Eric Duvet The show was in support of the Music Venue Trust’s Red …

When you find yourself before absolute rock’n’roll royalty, with a group that can be defined as ‘super’ in every acception of the term, you realise that you are experiencing a totally different league altogether. Words: Dany Jones Pictures: Steve Ritchie With a pedigree as kingly as Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, …

On a dark Sunday night at KK’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton the faithful gathered at the temple of the MegaPriest to witness a truly unique night of Heavy Metal. Beyond The Realms Of Deth Words: Johnny Churchill, Pictures: Steve Ritchie KK Downing, David Ellefson, Les Binks, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and …
Revival Black, live at Leo’s Red Lion

Firstly, big props must go to the ‘Rock Co-operative’ for organising and successfully putting on a run of gigs at Leos Red Lion in Gravesend during these challenging times. They are allowing live music addicts to get back into the swing of things, even if Boris and his slimy sycophants …