Gig Review: Blaze Bayley / Absolva – The Patriot, Crumlin (9th March 2023)

There’s something reassuringly British about tonight’s bill. Stalwarts of the UK metal scene, both artists are honest, hard-working, and epitomise all that is good about heavy metal today. That they are grouped in the traditional or classic heavy metal bracket is an irrelevance, for both cross the ludicrous boundaries that we seem so keen to … Continue reading Gig Review: Blaze Bayley / Absolva – The Patriot, Crumlin (9th March 2023)

Gig Review: Wolfsbane / Bastyon – Bannermans, Edinburgh (8th June 2022)

Here we are back at Bannermans, Edinburgh, again for a band I've been following from the beginning. Led from the front by the fabulous Blaze Bayley they are the one and only Wolfsbane, but first up are local Hard Rock Fife boys Bastyon. They open with the 2021 single "Wrong Inside" from their forthcoming new album. The … Continue reading Gig Review: Wolfsbane / Bastyon – Bannermans, Edinburgh (8th June 2022)

Gig Review: Blaze Bayley / Vice – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (10th April 2019)

I don't head out to many gigs these days, but after being absolutely blown away by Blaze's performance at Sabaton Open Air last year, I wasn't going to miss out on a full headlining show. As a bonus, Manchester's Vice were opening (the support band varies across the tour) and I've also enjoyed seeing them … Continue reading Gig Review: Blaze Bayley / Vice – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (10th April 2019)

We’ll Be There: Rock the Coast Festival (14th-15th June)

It’s that time of year when we are all getting excited about the festival announcements for Download, Bloodstock and many of the others based here in the UK. I have a different plan, while many of you are packing your waterproofs and heading for Download, I will be breaking out my pasty legs in the … Continue reading We’ll Be There: Rock the Coast Festival (14th-15th June)

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

Blaze Bayley / Damaj / Midnight Force – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (1st March 2017)

Here we are back at Glasgow’s Ivory Blacks which seems to be Blaze Bayley’s venue of choice in Scotland these days, this time on his “Endure and Survive” tour. This is the second album in his ongoing trilogy, the first being last year's excellent Infinite Entanglement. But before we get to Blaze, we have two very … Continue reading Blaze Bayley / Damaj / Midnight Force – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow (1st March 2017)