LIVE ALBUM – DVD REVIEW: Tesseract – P O R T A L S


It is quite outstanding when we sit down to realize how human nature can easily adapt (for better or worst) to its surroundings and environment. Particular historic examples in the music industry like the shift of the typical major label model, to music piracy, to streamings platform era, and some more social events, like a pandemic, are some of the major challenges that musicians have had to deal with through history. How some musicians have been able to, somehow, stay on their feet and continue to deliver quality products to their fans it’s simply remarkable. Some bands have been able to release some formidable production, and an example of this is Tesseract’s latest livestream event P O R T A L S (Kscope Records), released in December 2020. Continue reading


The UK Rejected a Post-Brexit Plan to Allow Musicians to Perform “Visa Free” from the EU


Despite the global pandemic destroying the livelihoods of millions of musicians and crew, the UK has rejected a proposal to allow artists to perform without paying the typically high work Visa fees. According to a report from The Independent. the policy is a direct result of Brexit and new policies springing up as a result. Many in the beleaguered music industry has fired back is calling this a “devastating blow” of them requiring permits.

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The United Kingdom Will Allow Concerts to Resume This August


According to a published report (see below) The United Kingdom will begin allowing indoor performances with socially distanced audiences next month. British prime minister Boris Johnson said at a press conference on Friday: “From 1 August, we will restart live indoor performances to a live audience subject to the success of pilots, and we will pilot larger gatherings, with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn… From October, we intend to bring back audiences in stadia and to allow conferences and other business events to recommence. These changes have to be made in a covid-secure way subject to pilots.”Continue reading


FESTIVAL REVIEW: Badgerfest 2019 Live at The Breadshed, Manchester


2019 see’s the third installment of what’s becoming an important event in the calendar for the discerning Heavy Metal connoisseur, BadgerFest. The brainchild of the undeniably hardest working man in the Manchester metal scene John Badger, If any qualification of that were needed, aside from it being reiterated by every band of the weekend, as well as their gratitude as to the smooth running, he’s also running the Drumming up Change in November whereby he’ll be playing the drums for the full sets of all ten bands. There’s hard-working and then there’s John Badger. Continue reading


Polar – Nova


Polar have been a staple part of the Metalcore underground scene, touring with the best that the genres have to offer, like Stray From The Path. “We want this to be the next big step up” claimed guitarist, Fabian Lomas. “Nova is basically going to elevate us.” With a newly claimed maturity and direction to their sound and the expectations set by the band, Nova (Arising Empire) is set to be the big-hitting Metalcore album of the year.Continue reading


Quantum Pig – Songs Of Industry And Sunshine


If there is one thing that recent Progressive Rock acts have done, it is once and for all putting to bed the notion of the genre being predominantly style over substance, with a reliance on over-playing as opposed to having heart. A completely unfair assessment from day one of course; even just a cursory listen to the contemporary Prog Rock leaders such as Riverside, Steven Wilson, and The Pineapple Thief shows both an unwavering sense of emotion and a balance of challenging yet accessible song structuring.Continue reading


Machine Head Announce “Catharsis” Tour Dates For Europe And The United Kingdom


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Machine Head already announced the North American leg of their 2018 “Catharsis” world tour, and today they’ve revealed the dates for Europe and the UK. Continue reading