Adopt the “Agent of Change” Principle

Adopt the “Agent of Change” Principle

The bedrock of the UK live music scene is under threat and we must stand against it’s destruction.

All across the country, live music venues being threatened with closure because of changes in planning laws designed to encourage more residents to move into town centres.

This change in policy was intended to address housing shortages.  It means that former offices, car parks and sundry other…

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KaiDekA - Honour Amongst Thieves DEMO VIDEO

KaiDekA – Honour Amongst Thieves DEMO VIDEO

This is a hot one!  A new demo video by underground band, KaiDekA, a taster of what’s to come on their forthcoming third album.

For those of you not in the know:

Formed in 2008, KaiDekA are one of the most prominent names in the UK UndergroundMetal Scene having over 250 shows to their name and gaining a reputation for tight, energetic live shows.  With two studio releases already under their belt,

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Blast In The Belgrave

Blast In The Belgrave

Blast At The Belgrave

In a musical genre traditionally dominated by the masculine, the feminine has, with a few notable exceptions, been side-lined.  Now, following a trail blazed by Doro Pesch, Sean Yseault and Angela Gossow, a new generation of women have finally begun to smash past the hegemony of male pre-eminence.

The Blast In The Belgrave is a celebration of the achievements of those pioneers in the field of He…

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IAMOMEGA, The Packhorse, Leeds; 29th August 2014

IAMOMEGA, The Packhorse, Leeds; 29th August 2014

I haven’t heard of IAMOMEGA before and struggled to find any info about them online. So this is quite unusual, to come at a band completely blind. It’s fun, actually. IAMOMEGA are a three piece comprising of a lead singer/guitarist on a gorgeous Washburn, a drummer and a bassist. We are surprised by powerful vocals, very clear and true. The drums are a bit loud in the mix, like they’ve been set…

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Fat Henry, The Packhorse, Leeds; 29th August

Fat Henry, The Packhorse, Leeds; 29th August

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Fat Henry have the task of livening up this damp and dreary Friday night. It’s not too busy upstairs in The Packhorse, but these guys are not put off at all. A strong and confident start, slightly proggy and melodic, then kicking into pure punk style vocals with grungy guitars. Nice, sharp percussive stops interspersed with sludgy guitar and a gut rumbling bass line.

‘We’re Fa’ ‘Enry!’ Announces…

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Thine, The Packhorse, Leeds; 29th August 2014

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Thine disappeared off the scene some years ago, but rocked back into our world this year with new album The Dead City Blue Print, which metalireland.com calls ‘a superb mix of dark accessible rock with amazing songwriting.’

Headlining at the Pack Horse this Friday night, expectations are high as the band have just come back from supporting the Devon Townsend Project at the Assemble in Leamington…

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Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCXC

Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCXC

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On this week’s Wyrd Ways Rock Show, which can be downloaded here, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the debut album by Judas PriestRocka Rolla by playing a few tracks from it.  It’s certainly different to what came after!

As for the rest of the show, if you like it slow, we’ve got new stuff from Craang and Snailking.  If you want something to wave your plastic sword aloft to, we’ve got…

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Want to help make a film?

Want to help make a film?

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The early ‘80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary.  It spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before their relocation to San Francisco). The new documentary, Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal, chronicles that entire scene.

Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, Inside Metal features…

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Wyrd Ways Rock Show CCLXXXIX

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In this week’s show, there’s something of a focus on well-known venue not so far from me.  The Snooty Fox in Wakefield.  It’s been threatened with closure, so the owner, Malc Shipman, has got an appeal going on GoFundMe at http://www.gofundme.com/d7x7s0.  Help out if you can.  The Snooty Fox is an important venue.  It can’t be allowed to close.

What else?  New stuff from Devilment (featuring Dan…

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Absolva Name New Bass Player

Absolva Name New Bass Player

Karl Schramm

British classic metallers Absolva are delighted to announce the appointment of new bassist Karl Schramm.  He will take up his new duties on a permanent basis from 25th October, following the completion of the current European Tour. Karl has been playing bass for around 10 years and graduated at Bristol Institute of Modern Music in 2013. Since that time he’s been playing in an Iron Maiden tribut…

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