Album Review: Battle Beast – Circus of Doom

Finland's power metal powerhouse returns with sixth album Circus of Doom. The opening title track "Circus of Doom" serves as an absolutely perfect introduction to the album, lyrically accurate with a commanding riff throughout and immediately catchy chorus - I've missed this band! Where do I even begin with "Wings of Light"? Well, it's my … Continue reading Album Review: Battle Beast – Circus of Doom

Gig review: Battle Beast / Cyhra – Club Academy, Manchester (28 November 2019)

Tonight, I am at the Club Academy in Manchester, part of the University Students Union building and my first time here. Down in the basement, it’s a little smaller than I expected, but its dark and dungeonesque feel is perhaps very suited for tonight’s show of power metal. A supergroup formed in 2017 with the … Continue reading Gig review: Battle Beast / Cyhra – Club Academy, Manchester (28 November 2019)

Festival Review: Wacken XXX Day 4

All good things must come to an end and as we hit the final day of Wacken XXX, Mark and I decided to go for broke and hit a few more bands than we'd managed so far. We finally had the lay of the land, and there was a lot to pick from. Having said … Continue reading Festival Review: Wacken XXX Day 4

Sabaton Open Air 2018 – Day 3 Review

Exhausted after a crap night's sleep (I hate camping!), The Boy and I had a quick round of crazy golf before heading for the arena for the final day. Leading the charge are Sweden's own Stormburst. Formed in 2014, they're a relatively young band and one of the lighter acts of the festival, with a melodic … Continue reading Sabaton Open Air 2018 – Day 3 Review

Festival Review: Tons of Rock 2018 – Day 1

Last week I headed to Norway’s biggest rock and metal open-air festival - Tons of Rock – which celebrated its five year anniversary this year. Located in the spectacular Fredriksten Fortress in Halden the festival featured two stages this year and a fantastic line-up of not only Scandinavian rock and metal, but also some big … Continue reading Festival Review: Tons of Rock 2018 – Day 1

Bloodstock 2017 “The Day Before the Madness”

Whilst it may only be Thursday, the loyal hordes descended upon Catton Hall for what would prove to be a varied yet enjoyable evening. With this being the first year that Bloodstock has sold out, the level of anticipation and excitement amongst the crowd was electrifying. First up and having the non enviable task of … Continue reading Bloodstock 2017 “The Day Before the Madness”