REVIEW: Annihilator – Archer Nation: Live at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton

A former car factory, KK’s Steel Mill sits at the heart of industrial Wolverhampton and is owned, as the name suggests, by former Judas Priest guitarist and general all-round local legend KK Downing. This latest West Midlands rock venue opened its doors last year and, apart from the impressively sized stage area and the massive wall banner showing the artwork to Priest’s 1986 album Turbo, looks to have changed very little from when it was built back in 1903.Continue reading

Lizzy Borden – My Midnight Things

Life after the eighties has proved difficult for Los Angeles based shock rockers Lizzy Borden. Right from their inception in 1983, the act were casually lumped in with the burgeoning LA Glam scene, but in reality owed just as much to Thrash and US Power Metal as anything else. So when over-the-top stage theatrics and bewilderingly big hair suddenly became passé, and the aforementioned genres were effectively wiped out due to the onset of grunge and the alternative scene, the band eventually succumbed and joined many others like them, and in 1996, laid down their axes for what appeared to be for the final time.Continue reading

Visigoth – Conqueror’s Oath

I love Heavy Metal.

Ah, let’s try that again. I love Heavy Metal.

That unplanned, unstoppable euphoric feeling that rises through from the gut, that creates an extra pump to your heartbeat, that puts an involuntary grin on your face, that makes you propel a fist, or add an extra bounce to your step. Or gurn. Or do the oranges. Or the claw. Or however, it is that you express that feeling of “YES!” when it gets you. Continue reading

Wildestarr – Beyond The Rain

The third album from Texas based husband and wife act Wildestarr has quite a sad background in that the project was born from the tragic suicide of singer London Wilde‘s brother, Gary, in 2012. Married for over fifteen years, Wilde and husband/guitarist/bassist Dave Starr formed the band in 2003, with the current line-up completed by drummer Josh Foster who joined for the band’s previous album, A Tell Tale Heart (Scarlet) in 2012.Continue reading