Live Reviews

BROFEST 2020

BROFEST 2020

As if to celebrate the return of Brofest, back for its sixth outing after a two-year lay-off, the festivities started earlier than usual this time around with the launch of the ‘Heavier! Faster! Louder!’ podcast series on Thursday evening. - Read More

DELAIN, Cyhra, Anson Rooms, Bristol, 8 February 2020

DELAIN, Cyhra, Anson Rooms, Bristol, 8 February 2020

Like fellow Dutch band Epica, Delain know how to stage a gig and make it feel like a party. Or maybe they just throw one hell of a party that feels like a gig. - Read More

BEYOND THE BLACK, Mister Misery, Exchange, Bristol, 29 October 2019

BEYOND THE BLACK, Mister Misery, Exchange, Bristol, 29 October 2019

With three albums now under their belts Beyond The Black had a wealth of material to choose from, and delivered an hour-and-three-quarter-long set with a wealth of energy and passion. - Read More

WISHBONE ASH, Exeter Phoenix, 27 October 2019

WISHBONE ASH, Exeter Phoenix, 27 October 2019

They may have had their ups and downs over the years, but Wishbone Ash are tight, exciting and a joy to watch. - Read More

CRADLE OF FILTH, London Palladium, 19 October 2019

CRADLE OF FILTH, London Palladium, 19 October 2019

The object of the exercise was to showcase ‘Cruelty And The Beast’ in its entirety, and, with the lights dimming at 8:15, the next hour was solely focussed on a perfect rendition backed by a stunning light show and enough flamethrowers to recreate the Great Fire of London. - Read More

STONEDEAF FESTIVAL, Newark Showground, 24 August 2019

STONEDEAF FESTIVAL, Newark Showground, 24 August 2019

The Newark Showground features a good site to host bands, everyone’s friendly, the weather held and ‘Krusher’ Joule (a man who appears to be cryogenically frozen at the end of each year’s festival season) was on hand to introduce the bands. - Read More

SAXON, Portsmouth Guildhall, 20 October 2018

SAXON, Portsmouth Guildhall, 20 October 2018

How can you argue with a band that pulls off encores of ‘The Eagle Has Landed’, ‘Heavy Metal Thunder’, ‘Wheels Of Steel’ and ‘Denim And Leather’? Answer? You can’t. - Read More

SAXON, Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, Great Hall, Cardiff, 23 February 2018

SAXON, Diamond Head and Rock Goddess, Great Hall, Cardiff, 23 February 2018

Saxon are of course consummate professionals but like a wounded bear are often more dangerous when they have a brand new album to promote and Cardiff saw them road-testing six cuts from their ‘Thunderbolt’ album for the first time. - Read More

BROFEST 2017

BROFEST 2017

For the fifth annual Brofest the format reverted to that of the original 2013 festival with one full day’s entertainment on the Saturday preceded by an evening’s worth of bands on the Friday night. - Read More

BROFEST 2016:Day Three

BROFEST 2016:Day Three

If Saturday started with a party, Sunday kicked off with a bang, as the reformed SATAN’S EMPIRE took Brofest by the scruff of its neck - Read More