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Album: Slash – Apocalyptic Love

May 24th, 2012

Slash
Apocalyptic Love
Roadrunner Records
22 May 2012

by David Keevil

Slash carries a name, and an image, that has become synonymous with rock music; from the iconic opening blast of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’, through to his bolshy groove-ridden tenure for Velvet Revolver, this is a man who’s been an ambassador for hard rock ever since the late-80s heyday of Guns N’ Roses. It’s down to being such an enduring masthead of rock music – even if his cultural zenith peaked twenty years ago – that every new Slash record must drag the weight of his much more prosperous days behind him.

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Live: Alter Bridge @ London Wembley Arena – 29 November 2011

December 2nd, 2011

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It can’t have been easy for Alter Bridge when Myles Kennedy hooked up with Slash for a world tour, especially with the threat of Velvet Revolver still looking for a singer. But Myles stayed true to his main band who are now playing much bigger venues that VR ever did. We thought we’d head down to Wembley Arena and see if Alter Bridge could pull it off.

Six things we found out when we saw Alter Bridge play in London:

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Thrash in the Attic: BBC2 circa 1989

May 29th, 2009

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Over the Bank Holiday weekend, we kept ourselves entertained thanks to a heads up from MetalSucks.net that the entire of Penelope Spheeris’ classic documentary on 80s metal, The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, was streaming in its entirety. Its US-centric viewpoint got us thinking – surely there must be some more UK-centric metal documentaries out there? Little did we know that the results of just a little bite of searching would be crammed so full of awesomeness.

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2008 into 2009: Five Finger Death Punch

December 29th, 2008

Is nu-metal making a comeback? Well, if the 250,000 copies of Five Finger Death Punch’s debut album that America bought this year are anything to go by, then it’s certainly giving it a go. We caught up with Hungary-born guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, and found out just how much damage you can do to your bandmates with a paintball gun…

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What was your highlight of 2008?
The Rockstar Mayhem Festival http://www.mayhemfest.com/ was all-metal, which for the US is pretty awesome. Having almost 10,000 people in front of the stage for 3 months, that was pretty amazing for us.

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2008 into 2009: Evita

December 28th, 2008

Bristol metallers, Evita, are currently off recording their debut album in preparation for touring their balls off in 2009. We caught up with guitarist, Daniel Cranney, to see how 2008 was for them.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
It was a really good year in general; we had a lot of fun and met some great people. It amazing signing to Basick Records, going on tour in Europe in August, and going into the studio to record our debut album.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
We bought a new van (called Hamish), and in died within 2 months, so it was a pretty massive waste of money. Also, we were driving back from Leeds in our mate’s car and the wheel came off on the motorway when we were going 70mph. That was pretty scary. [Read more →]

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2008 into 2009: Architects

December 22nd, 2008

So many bands we’ve been speaking to have been tipping Architects to have a massive year in 2009 with their third album, Hollow Crown. We speak to guitarist, Tom Searle about 2008.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Signing to Century Media, finishing our new album and touring Europe on the Never Say Die tour – especially the London date at the Forum, which was the best show we’ve ever played as a band!

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
There’s been some pretty rough times this year, but I’d have to say that the trailer park we stayed in one night in nowheresville, USA was a particular low point.

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2008 into 2009: Your Demise

December 22nd, 2008

Hertfordshire, UK is quite the hardcore hotbed, don’t ya know. We got Sikth, Cry For Silence, Gallows AND Enter Shikari. Now we have Your Demise as well. We had a chat with vocalist, George Noble.

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Touring with Comeback Kid and Shai Hulud with a week’s notice was outrageous.

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
It’s been a pretty good year to be honest.

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2008 into 2009: The Defiled

December 22nd, 2008

London metallers The Defiled have been trawling the circuits for a while now, piling up legions of fans in the process. We had a little chat with bassist, Drex Exel about what and WHO he wants for Christmas…

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What was your highlight of 2008?
Kiss at Download. Any show that has a 50-year-old man flying across the audience on a zip-wire is good in my books!

What’s the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
Breaking my bass in half whilst supporting Malefice at The Underworld – rest in pieces Frank.

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