Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy

Sadly in the days of Phil Lynott I had not yet drawn a breathe so I can’t fairly comment or compare the new line-up with Ricky Warwick to the original. Yes I can watch a million videos on YouTube and DVD. But that’s not quite the same as seeing it in person. We start a bitterly cold Glasgow evening off with the opening act, Triggerfinger. Truth be told I wasn’t a huge fan of what they did. Their songs didn’t resonate with me, they didn’t make me want to hear more. If anything they all sounded kind of samey. I Read more »

Remembering Dimebag Darrell

Remembering Dimebag Darrell

8 years ago today in Columbus, Ohio a lone gunman by the name of Nathan Gale inexplicably took to the stage during a Damageplan gig and shot and killed Dimebag Darrell Abbott. The band’s head of security Jeff Thompson also died during the incident attempting to subdue Gale as well as a member of the audience attempting to save the lives of both Dimebag and Thompson. With numerous casualties including Damageplan’s tour manager and drum tech, John Brooks. Brooks was taken as a hostage by the gunman by being put in a headlock. It was the bravery of Officer James Niggemeyer Read more »

Afterlife – Alpha

Afterlife – Alpha

“This is where we hold them. This is where we fight. This is where they die!” Gerard Butler’s epic words in 300 as the Spartan’s go head first into battle. It is one of the greatest movie quotes in modern cinema history there is no doubt about it, and it is used to incredible effect as a way to open an EP. Ladies and gentlemen, Alpha has arrived. And as much as I’d love to believe King Leonidas is somewhere in the Elysian fields, right now this is the only Afterlife I care about. With a mighty riff in the Read more »

The Darkness – “Hot Cakes”

The Darkness – “Hot Cakes”

The Darkness is a name you might remember, but they split up ages ago right? Well you would be right… but they are back, and they mean business.  Hot Cakes is the comeback from this once great band, and what a comeback it is.  Full of catchy riffs, solid drumming and the falsetto voice of Justin Hawkins that you would expect from these guys. The album opens with Every Inch Of You a catchy little number, with lyrics that are personal to the band and Justin’s life growing up, that just about every budding musician will be able to relate Read more »

Neverworld – “Welcome To…”

Neverworld – “Welcome To…”

  Do you like chewing bubblegum and kicking ass? Yes? Good! Because Neverworld do too! From the opening notes, the harmonic pinches of a squealing guitar to the power metal scream of a god you know what follows is going to be badass! It’ll take less that one minute to make your mind up on Neverworld, you’re either going to love it, or you’re going to hate it. I’m firmly in the camp of loving it! It brings a smile to my face knowing that in this day of X-Factor wannabe’s and people wanting to take the quick route to Read more »

Holly Drummond – “Cloud Nine”

Holly Drummond – “Cloud Nine”

You know it’s not often the singer / songwriter genre catches my attention. But there’s something special about Holly Drummond that made me take notice. I’m not sure if it’s her song writing, (that’s developed far beyond her years), whether it’s her sweet, soothing voice or the fact that she’s just got that “it” factor that so many people lack. After stumbling across a Facebook post promoting the release of the brand new EP Cloud Nine, I decided for some unknown reason to click the link. I’m glad I did, because I love every second Cloud Nine has to offer. Read more »