Journalist (Tisbury, Wiltshire, England)
- I have been writing creatively for as long as I can remember; writing whimsical fantasies and cut-throat horror before I found my calling to review the wonderful world of music. I love all sorts of music - rock, metal, punk, country, jazz, even some 90s pop - and on my hard drive it is hard for others to contemplate such an eclectic collection all gathered together on digital media.
The whole of Steelfactory is a thrill ride almost from start to finish, clean cut and well-oiled – just like a steel factory should be. UDO’s new record drops via AFM Records.
Dee Snider’s first metal album is a lot of fun. Thought there are hard-hitting tracks and classic Dee vocals, overall it falls a little short of the mark.
Whilst this album does not quite hit an all-time high throughout, The Sacrament of Sin is still an enjoyable release from the German werewolves in Powerwolf. Out now on Napalm Records.
These guys have buckets of potential, and with gigs booked across the South of England, it is only a matter of time before DeadBlow becomes a name to remember on the underground circuit.
Sick N’ Beautiful brought their firecracker of a show to Southampton’s The 1865, with Lilith and the Knight and Kane’d in tow. An experience drawing from the greats like Alice Cooper and ... Katy Perry?
In the lush green mountains and historical cities of Italy, extraterrestrials crash-landed and formed the gruesome rock band Sick N’ Beautiful. We’ve got an exclusive interview about their origins, music and upcoming UK tour.
Everything Sexorcism has to offer is exactly what a seasoned Lordi fan has come to expect from the Finnish monsters, but did they go too far with their sexually-deviant subject matter?
Big Tings is yet another example of the Skindred’s rule-breaking output and a solid addition to their discography.
With a visual assault of strobe lights, Testament thundered into action on the “Brotherhood of the Snake” tour with Annihilator and Vader.
“Lifelong Tragedy”, the new single from Dead End Finland, reflects that the fourth studio album will represent a more musically diverse chapter for the band.
The song is truly interesting and shows that Silver Dust still have some new cards to bring to the metal world’s table.
Whether one is an avid fan of Axel Rudi Pell, or maybe just a big fan of heavy metal or power metal in general, it would be difficult to understand why any heavy metal fans would ignore Knight’s Call for any reason.
Auri is a stunning piece of composition from Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish) and co., and truly awakens a mystical energy inside oneself.
For an established Nightwish fan, Decades echoes established fans’ own personal playlist of favourites; for music fans not yet acquainted with this band, it would be a fine addition to their wish-list to learn about the band’s work and hopefully develop a taste for it.
As a release on its own, The Crimson Idol still stands the test of time just as well as when it first came out 26 years ago, and has not aged a day in its composition and production – it's still a sure-fire hit.
Joe Satriani's What Happens Next is like one humongous acid trip from the 80s, transporting the listener into a universe of Satriani's delectable guitar solos and otherworldly talent.
Even with the heavier and grungier edge of Vale, it still delivers for BVB fans and should still please general hard rock and heavy metal fans alike.
Gothic metal band Paradise Lost tore through Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth along with supporting acts King Goat and Outshine.