A delayed review, for which I offer apologies. The return from SOS Fest clashed with my heading off on holiday and I've enjoyed a bit of time offline! However, it's time to throw buckets of credit at the bands who made up the entertainment for the duration of SOS Fest XIV... I begin with a … Continue reading Festival Review: SOS Festival XIV (Saturday’s Bands) – Whittles@tokyo, Oldham (July 1st 2023)
He may have shorn his locks, but multi-talented musician Luke Appleton shows no loss of strength with his latest EP, Forever Viking. Absolva’s rhythm guitarist, member of the Blaze Bayley band and over a decade in Iced Earth, Appleton has returned with a solid four-track release that those who saw him support Fury on their … Continue reading EP Review: Luke Appleton – Forever Viking
The fourth instalment of prog-metal band Aonia’s eponymous festival is ready to (rock and) roll! The stage is set for the festival’s return on the 25th of June, 2022 at the legendary Corporation, Sheffield. Tickets are available now! AoniaFest is known for hosting a wide variety of talented metal bands, appealing to metalheads with a … Continue reading AoniaFest IV – A Festival of Steel in the Steel City!
On Saturday I headed to The Asylum in Birmingham for Power Metal Quest Fest - an ever-expanding all-day festival celebrating some of the finest power, prog, viking and battle-infused heavy metal that the scene has to offer. After arriving from London and checking into my hotel, I headed straight to the venue, arriving with just … Continue reading Festival Review: Power Metal Quest Fest – The Asylum, Birmingham (18th September 2019)
Continuing our brief series of "it was shoved in my hands at a festival so I'm reviewing it" releases, is this 4-track offering from Luke Appleton. Many may know him from Iced Earth and Fury UK (he plays bass in both), and Absolva where he stretches to six strings, but Luke's had a side project … Continue reading EP Review: Luke Appleton – How Does It Feel To Be Alive?
As ever, we’re going to try and cover every single Jäger, New Blood and SOPHIE stage band before Bloodstock kicks off on August 9th. Your chance to check them out and start planning which bands to get there early for! Trust us when we tell you that this is bound to result in some frustrating … Continue reading #RoadToBOA2018 – Luke Appleton