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Atrexial  – Souverain

Atrexial – Souverain

Catalan crushers…

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Netherhall

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Netherhall

We’re off to Nether Netherland… Among a host of up and coming Midlands bands to perform at Bloodstock this year were Netherhall. Paul Castles spoke with the Birmingham Metal 2 The Masses winners prior to their set on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage. Netherhall are among a host of bands performing at Giff-Fest, this Sunday […]

Old James - Speak Volumes

Old James – Speak Volumes

Old school power trio shenanihgans

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Sentience

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Sentience

Life Sentience… London Metal 2 The Masses winners Sentience played on the final day of Bloodstock, just a few weeks after performing at UK Tech-Fest. Paul Castles caught up with the progressive tech metal outfit for a chat just before their storming set on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage. Sentience on Facebook    

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Overoth

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Overoth

The Grapes Overoth… Belfast death metal crew Overoth performed with distinction at Bloodstock last year. Guitarist Andrew Pennington enjoyed it so much that he was back at Catton Park this year to promote the band’s forthcoming debut album The Forgotten Tomb. Paul Castles caught up with him to hear all the latest news from the […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Ohhms

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Ohhms

Ohhms under the hammer… Ohhms took to the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock on the back of their stunning debut album release The Fool, earlier this year. Having turned in one of the most vibrant and dynamic sets of the entire festival, crowd-surfing guitarist Chainy Rabbit, drummer Max Newton and guitarist Dan Sargent spoke with Paul Castles. Ohhms […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Abhorrent Decimation

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Abhorrent Decimation

I beg your Pardoner… Brutal Death Metal quartet Abhorrent Decimation returned to Bloodstock this year, causing mayhem and destruction on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Paul Castles caught up with the band soon after their appearance to learn how things went and to get their views on new album, The Pardoner. Abhorrent Decimation on Facebook  Website Abhorrent […]

ATTIC – Sanctimonious

ATTIC – Sanctimonious

Definitely not pink and fluffy…

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Internal Conflict

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Internal Conflict

Conflict of interests… Leicester’s Internal Conflict were Metal 2 The Masses winners back in 2013, making their Bloodstock bow soon after. This year they returned to Bloodstock where they were elevated to the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Paul Castles spoke to them to find out how they got on and also heard about their new EP […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Black Moth

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Black Moth

Into the Mothpit!… Black Moth have played Download, Desertfest and Damnation. Now it’s time to tick Bloodstock off the list! Paul Castles spoke with Jim and Federica just prior to Black Moth’s scintillating performance on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Black Moth on Facebook Website

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Embodiment

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Embodiment

Bristol fashion … Bristol Metal 2 The Masses winners Embodiment were one of the first bands to play on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage at Bloodstock 2017. They barely had time to towel down before Paul Castles stopped the tech metal quartet in their tracks for a few words for Midlands Rocks. Embodiment on Facebook  […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Devil's Playground

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Devil’s Playground

Hell’s Bells… Winning the Coventry leg of Metal 2 The Masses secured a Bloodstock slot for Birmingham outfit Devil’s Playground. With a new single out called Unlost, plans are already under way for a debut album. Forthcoming gigs include a slot at Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham on September 1 alongside fellow Bloodstockers’ GraViL. Just prior to […]

Bad English - S/T (Remaster 2017)

Bad English – S/T (Remaster 2017)

A gathering of strays, remastered…

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Ashen Crown

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Ashen Crown

Crowning glory As always, Midlands bands were flowing like the beer taps at Bloodstock where Paul Castles did his utmost to speak with most of them. First to face the Midlands Rocks inquisition were Birmingham newcomers Ashen Crown. The death metal outfit secured their ticket to Catton Park in Derbyshire by winning the Wolverhampton leg of […]

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Amplified Festival – 21st to 23rd July 2017 – Day Three

Words & photos by Tony Gaskin and Rich Ward

Interpol – Our Love To Admire (10th Anniversary edition)

Interpol – Our Love To Admire (10th Anniversary edition)

A must-have for fans new and old…

Leprous – Malina

Leprous – Malina

Beauty and a haunting sadness, music that heightens emotions…

Cats In Space – Scarecrow

Cats In Space – Scarecrow

Songs that put a massive smile on your face

Eagles Of Death Metal - I Love You All The Time (Live At The Olympia In Paris) CD/DVD

Eagles Of Death Metal – I Love You All The Time (Live At The Olympia In Paris) CD/DVD

Much More Than Just A Show…

Jyrki 69 - Helsinki Vampire

Jyrki 69 – Helsinki Vampire

Be afraid…