How To Create An Awesome Band Promo Shot

I'm about to provide you with a failsafe checklist for creating your band's promo shot.  You know the one that people will look at and judge you and your music by in 30 seconds?  Yeah.  That one.  Read and learn... Wardrobe.  Make sure you're wearing black, or denim, or even black denim.  Leather is also … Continue reading How To Create An Awesome Band Promo Shot

An Open Letter to Live Music Venues

I'm lucky enough to live in Bury, a town with numerous music venues, two dedicated pretty much solely to rock and metal, and close to Manchester which also has an abundance of live music venues.  Alas this abundance of live music venues is fast declining and not just in my neck of the woods.  I … Continue reading An Open Letter to Live Music Venues

Rocket and the Ghost – Self titled EP (EP Review for The Ripple Effect)

   "If Thunderclap Newman had decided to have more than one hit (ten points if you can get it without googling), and jammed with Radiohead, you’re probably getting close to the sound of Rocket and the Ghost" To read the rest of my review of Rocket and the Ghost's self titled EP, head over to … Continue reading Rocket and the Ghost – Self titled EP (EP Review for The Ripple Effect)

Metal Night at The Towler with Fire in the Empire, A Ritual Spirit and Eternal Fear (Live Review for Manchester Rocks)

"Whilst many folk on a Sunday night are preparing to go back to work on Monday with a dose of Downton Abbey or, shock horror, the X Factor results, a select few like to go out and catch a live band or two. That was certainly the case on Sunday where The Towler had an … Continue reading Metal Night at The Towler with Fire in the Empire, A Ritual Spirit and Eternal Fear (Live Review for Manchester Rocks)

Triaxis Interview (Manchester Rocks)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_QUnRpZo2Q I caught up with Triaxis at SOS Festival to talk about the difference between playing acoustic and plugged in, as well as what it's like being a woman in metal

My Wooden Pillow Interview (Manchester Rocks)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNLkzO-2k_w I interviewed My Wooden Pillow before their set at SOS Festival 2013 to talk about their music, warm up routine and randomly...cake.

Absolva – Flames of Justice (Album Review For TBFM)

"All in all, Flames of Justice is a solid debut, dragging the glory days of metal back to the fore whilst paying homage to the classic NWOBHM bands of yesteryear." Check out the full review of Absolva's latest album Flames of Justice and find out what I scored it out of 5 on TBFM’s website here

5 reasons why Cliff Richard is metal*

I was having a chat with a friend earlier on and jokingly said that Cliff Richard was the original metalhead.  Then I started thinking about this a bit more.  He actually is metal.  Let's look at the evidence... His name.  Cliff Richard was born "Harry Webb" but later changed it to Cliff .  Cliff as in cliff face, which suggested "rock".  This … Continue reading 5 reasons why Cliff Richard is metal*