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Review: Monsterfest, Inverness – Saturday


After a brief early morning jog to shake off the cobwebs (yeah..right), it was out of the daylight and into the darkness of the Ironworks for a full day of top quality rock ‘n’ roll. First up, and putting the “why aren’t you playing in my back garden” moaners to …

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Review: Monsterfest Inverness – Friday


One of the highlights of the ever-increasing Winter indoor festival circuit is Monsterfest in Inverness. Set in the rather splendid Scottish highlands, it’s a bit of a jaunt for most bands, especially as the last few hours of the journey will be on unforgiving A-roads. Sadly a cloud hangs over …

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Review: Lacuna Coil/Eluveitie – Glasgow

Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil are bucking the current trend where bands are dropping the heavier vibe in order to reach new audiences, instead, the Italian metal legends are going in the opposite direction and turning the “heavy” way up. Current album, ‘Black Anima’, continues in the heavier vein that began with ‘Delirium’ …

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Review: Stadium Rocks – Cwmbran Stadium

A mini festival at a stadium in October? Must be mad! It will be freezing (and, as it is Wales, wet!). That was my first thought when I heard about Skindred headlining a mini festival – ‘Stadium Rocks’, at Cwmbran Stadium at the end of October. It turned out that …

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Review: Michael Monroe – G2, Glasgow

Michael Monroe

It’s rather fitting that on November 5th, the most explosive fireworks on display in Glasgow were provided by Michael Monroe and his incredible band. After a quick change in halls at The Garage (the main room was being readied for a night of pissed up debauchery on a bouncy castle …

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Review: Opeth – SWG3, Glasgow


Having just recently released their 13th studio album, “In Cauda Venenum”, Opeth make a welcome return to Glasgow to support their latest critically acclaimed prog opus. I have to admit that I’m one of those fans that prefers the earlier growlier and more death metal sounding albums. The high point …

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Review: Royal Republic – Bristol

Royal Republic

It takes something a bit special after the year I have had, to come out of a gig thinking “That was the best gig I have seen all year”, but that was exactly how I felt leaving Trinity Arts in Bristol after Royal Republic left me smiling, soaked in sweat …

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Review: Inglorious – Exeter Phoenix


My third gig in five days and thankfully this one just needed a quick blast down the A38 as it was on home ground at the Exeter Phoenix Theatre. This is now a “home game” for Nathan James and Inglorious since his relocation, so it was no surprise to see …

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