Interview: Nathan Sadd – Shrapnel guitarist

People cannot deny the influence that thrash metal had on the scene in the mid- to late 80s and being of the age where I appreciated thrash, I got fully immersed in it myself. I think the last time I was ever moved by thrash metal was at the Clash of the Titans tour in … Continue reading Interview: Nathan Sadd – Shrapnel guitarist

Album Review: Shrapnel – Palace For The Insane

Palace for the Insane marks the first recording for Shrapnel's downsized lineup. With the departure of bassist Cai Beschorner and vocalist Jae Hadley, the band found a one-man replacement for both in Aarran Jacky Tucker. Like Metallica, Anthrax and many other thrash bands before them, Shrapnel open their album with something far distant from their … Continue reading Album Review: Shrapnel – Palace For The Insane

UK thrashers Shrapnel announce new album

UK thrashers Shrapnel will release their third full length album Palace For The Insane on 15th May via Candlelight Records. Preorders are now available (grab it on Amazon to support this site), and you can stream the new single "Salt The Earth" right now, too. Palace For The Insane lives up to its title with … Continue reading UK thrashers Shrapnel announce new album

Gig Review: HRH Hammerfest XI – Day 2 (22 March 2019)

It's Friday morning and I’m raring to go, very much looking forward to the eclectic mix of metal, doom, sludge, and thrash on offer here today at Hammerfest XI. I head down early so I don't miss anything and spend some time looking round the wares at the merch stalls. Plenty of choice with almost … Continue reading Gig Review: HRH Hammerfest XI – Day 2 (22 March 2019)

We’ll Be There: Heaps of Metal Festival – The County Music Bar, Chesterfield (8th-9th June 2019)

What started off as a dream is now starting to come to fruition for Chris Heap and his team. June 8th - 9th will see more than twenty local and UK bands hit the stage with the aim of the Heaps of Metal festival to raise awareness of the charity CALM. CALM are the Campaign … Continue reading We’ll Be There: Heaps of Metal Festival – The County Music Bar, Chesterfield (8th-9th June 2019)

Gig Review: Wolf (SWE) / Primitai / Shrapnel – Manchester Academy 3 (24th March 2019)

"This is a bit of a case of Deja Vu" I thought as I entered into Manchester's Academy 3 on a wet and windy Sunday night. I had seen the exact same lineup (excluding Shrapnel) nigh on four years ago back in Glasgow in what I described at the time as "nothing short of astounding … Continue reading Gig Review: Wolf (SWE) / Primitai / Shrapnel – Manchester Academy 3 (24th March 2019)