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The genres of hard rock and heavy metal have a certain allure to themselves. And in all honesty, they might not even be quite to the liking of many people. Even the best connoisseurs of music might find these genres hard to understand. There is darkness associated with these genres, …
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Following on from the success of his first lockdown live stream earlier in the week, Danny Vaughn has today announced a second event will be held this Thursday (2nd April). Having built up a great relationship with his supporters, who Danny has acknowledged have helped him overcome challenges and hardships in …
Tesla Album Cover

Ever since they popped my gig going cherry, I’ve always had an extremely soft spot for Tesla. That was on a hot sticky August night in Dublin in 1987 when the Sacramento Rockers opened for Def Leppard on the opening night of their Hysteria World Tour. Words: Brian Boyle The …
Rush - Permanent Waves album cover

The fascinating 40th anniversary series of the re-imagination of Rush’s album catalogue continues with the announcement of the May release of an expanded edition of ‘Permanent Waves’. The seventh studio album from Rush, ‘Permanent Waves’ was originally released in January 1980 and it marked a change of direction for the …
Photo from Putrid album cover

When I think of South American Extreme Metal, the most brutal, chaotic and intense sound is what comes to mind. It is the home of some of the most extreme music ever concocted and holding true to that tradition comes Peruvian Blackened Thrash Death Metal maniacs Putrid returning with their …

Tarja Turunen has announced she will be performing live from her home tonight, 28 March, as part of the ‘Together at Home’ initiative with Global Citizen.  The stream can be accessed from Instagram and is live from 8pm GMT, 9pm CET. Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are …
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 …
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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 …