Mighty Oaks – Live Review – Montreux Jazz Festival 2022

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It is true. RMR lost track of Mighty Oaks somewhat. The freshness of their first full-length album, Howl, got that band firmly on our radar – initially. That’s the sound and the refreshing energy that we fancy from a Folk and Folk Rock band. Unfortunately, the thrill levels were less pronounced once Dreamers came online. And we were only marginally more impressed by the 2020 piece All Things Go.

So, increased metal urges and the belief that Mighty Oaks firmly went down pop lane made us ignore their 2021 piece Mexico. And that wasn’t the best call … [...] Click to raid more!

Sylosis – Live Review – Islington Assembly Hall 2020

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Discovering new music that deeply connects with you becomes rarer as you get older. At least for me.

When I was a teenager, discovering my love for rock/metal was effectively the first steps in becoming the person I am. That’s what being a teenager is about. Discovery.

So it sort of makes sense when you hit your late 20’s that you don’t fall in love with bands as hard as you used to, as your sense of self is far more developed. In theory. But I’m no psychology expert. I’ve just learnt myself that I haven’t … [...] Click to raid more!

Krokus – Live Review – Hallenstadion Zürich 2019

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Videos are a good thing. Usually. The music industry depends on them to promote their wares and to boost sales. Thanks to YouTube and their ilk.

It is also well known that you need to make the first 30 seconds of airplay or so count, or you will lose this finicky audience at once. You know, these suckers that should keep their eyes glued to YOUR clip, and then come back for seconds. Tons of clicks, conversions on fire, that kind of thing.

Well, the same goes for videos that bands project during live shows. Short, crisp, and like Thor’s … [...] Click to raid more!

Ghost – Live Review – Wembley Arena 2019

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If you’re not familiar with Ghost, it is quite difficult to explain what they bring to the table. Even their musical style is questioned. Some call them a metal band, others scoff at the mention of such an idea and call them a rock band.

The right answer is somewhere in the middle of those two opinions.

Ghost are very much a rock band that dips their fingers in all sorts of pies. Metal, pop, and classical elements are wrapped around a solid hard rock foundation that is both unique and compelling. And that’s before you even get onto … [...] Click to raid more!