Delain return with Apocalypse & Chill that sees them upping their game once more in their unstoppable rise to the premier league of melodic and symphonic heavy rock.
Mike has been photographing and writing about bands going back many years. Editor on Louder Than War, he also contributes to the LTW magazine, Powerplay Rock & Metal mag, Fireworks and FATEA as well as freelancing for PROG, Record Collector, Sonic Bandwagon and local press in Bury and Congleton.
Fourth album from Eyelids – The Accidental Falls on Decor Records – combines the lush with the loud noise of refined rock and roll.
Finnish folksters Frigg commemorate twenty years of music-making with a celebratory set of exuberant and evocative tunes.
Four track EP of stage favourites from Welsh thrash merchants Helldown.
Beat Hotel deliver an ‘almost’ album of songs of “love, near-death and the worst aspects of ourselves.”
Prog rock veterans Nektar return for a new decade with The Other Side that celebrates both their past and the present.
One of those ‘lost classic’ albums, this time featuring the combined talents of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman which has been re-created by British singer/songwriter, Steve Hogg, some 50 years after its release.
Steve Harris puts his day job aside for a while and gets back to basics with his ‘up close and personal’ side project British Lion.
Martyn Joseph turns his attention to the songs of Phil Ochs on Days Of Decision on Pipe Records.
Six years on from IX, Texan art-rock punk mothertruckers And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, come back with a vengeance on their tenth.
Mike Ainscoe looks back at his first ever gig – an encounter with thin Lizzy at Manchester Apollo in 1979.
A monster set from a particularly prolific period for Glenn Hughes. To be fair, the voice of rock has never shied away from being anything less than active.
Seen recently rocking out with Leprous on their amazing Pitfalls tour, we discover that there’s more to Canadian cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne than meets the eye.
The power trio format takes an interesting turn with Benji Kirkpatrick’s latest offering.
We reckoned Gary Numan’s show at Manchester Albert Hall was one of our gigs of the year. Now we return to to Manchester’s grand Bridgewater Hall and an equally majestic and frankly monumental recording of his orchestral tour.