Band of the Day

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Band of the Day: enkElenation

enkElenation (or Angel Nation for the English translation) are based in London, but were formed by (and are fronted by) Finnish singer Elina Siirala. Their debut album Tears of Lust has just appeared and the band wrote and asked for me to … read more


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Ensiferum start work on new album

Ensiferum have completed writing for their upcoming new album and Metal Blade Records debut. With pre-production out of the way, the band is prepared to begin recording. Work will begin on September 8th at Astia Studio in Lappeenranta in Finland … read more

Golden Oldies

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Golden Oldie: Poison – Open Up and Say… Ahh!

A quick name-change from “Oldie but Goldie” to the shorted “Golden Oldie” and the first under the new banner is a classic of glam rock. The reason I’ve plucked Poison‘s Open Up and Say… Ahh! out is after hearing a track or … read more

Gig Reviews

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“Gig” review – Rock of Ages, Glasgow King’s Theatre

OK, so it’s not a gig but it’s a musical and that music is rock. Plus, it was awesome, so it deserves a shout out. It’s on a current run at the Kings, and as far as I could see … read more

Classic Covers

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Classic Covers: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – Troldhaugen

Alestorm are a great band for many reasons, but one thing that puts them head and shoulders above most others is their support and promotion of the bands who open for them on tour. I’d say about half their current … read more


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Interview: Andrew W.K. – Glasgow Classic Grand

Who would pass up the chance to talk to the King of Party himself, Andrew W.K.? Not me, that’s for sure. Huge thanks to his management team back home and Blake, who was looking after things on the road (and … read more

Album Reviews

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100-Word Review: Aeon Zen – Ephemera

Out on September 1st, Ephemera is the fourth album from UK prog-metal group Aeon Zen. It apparently “…picks up, musically and thematically, where third album Enigma left off. Continuing on with the story, Ephemera closes the narrative loop with the all-encompassing tale … read more


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First two bands announced for Northern Symphony Festival

Northern Symphony Festival – The UK’s first ever symphonic metal festival – has announced the first two bands to be added to the bill. The festival is set to take place on Saturday 4th April 2015 at The Venue in … read more