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Photo of Metallica at Download 2004

On 5 June 2004, 100,000 fans filled Donington Park for the annual Download Festival. Being the biggest summer music festival in England for Metal and Rock fans, the festival has attracted some of the biggest acts in history. Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and many others have all graced the …
Rush - Permanent Waves album cover

Starting with with one of the greatest opening tracks of all time, ‘The Spirit Of Radio’, there is little to be said about the six tracks on the original album that has not already been discussed at length by in rock literature and documentaries. Rush – Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary …
Photo of the band The Sword

Texan Heavy Rockers The Sword have today (19 June) released two staggering packages which cover their 17 year career over 82 songs. Released via Craft Recordings, ‘Chronology 2006–2018’ details their complete discography over 52 tracks (12 previously unreleased), while ‘Conquest of Kingdoms’ covers 30 tracks (16 previously unreleased) of rarities …
Photo of Riff, in 1995

‘Replenish’, the debut album from Reef, was released 19 June 1995 and it is set to be reissued in September. The album went on to chart at number nine and featured in Kerrangs albums of the year (number 10).  The album included the hits ‘Naked’ and ‘Good Feeling’ and it propelled …
Photo of the band Nemesium

From the deep dark recesses of Geelong, Australia, comes Blackened Death Metal five-piece ‘Nemesium’ with their debut full length ‘Continua’. “A series of tales about torturous struggle, transition into a new age and the decimation of the world as it currently exists”, it is unnervingly current and all set to …
Image of Tuk Smith

Tuk Smith, of Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts was due to be on the road with Mötley Crüe as I write this review. Like every other aspect of life as we know it, it has been put on hold and postponed until 2021. In an effort to keep up …
Photo of Crown Lands. Image by Travis Shinn

Crown Lands are a Canadian psychedelic blues-rock duo comprised of drummer and vocalist Cody Bowles, and guitarist Kevin Comeau. Formed roughly six years ago, the band has gone from strength to strength, opening for acts like Jack White, Primus, and Rival Sons. Due to support Larkin Poe across Europe before …
Photo of the German Metal band Beyond The Black

The Symphonic Metal band from Mannheim, Beyond the Black, have certainly endured some tribulations. A rapid rise in the public eye of German Metal saw them quickly chart and a couple of years packed with several tours, appearances, two albums and a spot at the legendary Wacken Open Air followed, …
Photo of Bad Touch from the recording studio

The reality of lockdown and restrictions has well and truly bitten and the despondency from lack of live music and particularly festivals is severe. Thankfully there is some solace in the new releases. Bad Touch: Kiss The Sky Release: 19 June 2020, Marshall Records Words: Liz Medhurst Enter Bad Touch …
Vivian Campbell at Download

With ‘Hits Vegas Live At Planet Hollywood’, Def Leppard win big in Vegas with a thrilling, surprise filled set. And, as far as lockdown releases have gone, Def Leppard sure know how to keep their fans happy. Words: Kahmel Farahani Photos: Aggie Anthimidou Just released as part of their ‘London …