Author: James Schmidt

SUZI QUATRO + Supports, Sandstone Point Tavern, Brible Island, 10th February 2018

The Red Hot Summer Tour has been travelling around Australia for the last six weekends playing to sold out audiences at every stop! Now that’s something pretty incredible considering the line-up and their veteran status. However it seems that the creators have hit on just the right market at the right time. Looking around at the crowd, these are (by and large) people who were there the first time round for bands like The Angels and Suzi Quatro and probably caught the very start of bands like The Screaming Jets and The Baby Animals. These are the people who...

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Review: Tankard – Hymns For The Drunk

Tankard are true survivors of the German thrash scene and deserve to be mentioned in the same discussions as Destruction, Sodom and Kreator, BUT unlike the afore mentioned bands these guys (for the most part) are all about fun! Since their first album (1986’s Zombie Attack) Tankard have continued to produce true thrash metal with no apologies (and very little variation). Lyrical themes rarely stray far from 1. Beer, 2. Drinking Beer, 3. Finding beer to drink, 4. Why don’t I have a beer to drink, 5. I don’t have any beer … better find something else to drink!...

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Review: Audrey Horne – Blackout

Ok, Full disclosure here, I’m a massive Audrey Horne fan. I was put on to these guys over 10 years ago by a few mates who were going on about this Norwegian Super group made up of members of a number of Norwegian extreme metal bands (Enslaved and Gorgoroth). Being a fan of the genre I had to check them out, and to my surprise, they sound NOTHING like the afore mentioned bands. Rather Audrey Horne are a band that combine all the best parts of classic metal and stadium rock (bit different to chasing satan and hailing Viking...

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Review: White Wizzard – Infernal Overdrive

Whilst it has been bubbling away for a number of years in small pockets around the world, a resurgence of New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWBHM) style bands are finally starting to poke their heads into the more mainstream metal world.  White Wizzard from LA are leading the charge from an American perspective. Listening to Infernal Overdrive I’m pretty sure I won something, not sure what, but I have definitely won something!  Formed in 2007 by vocalist James Luna, Guitarist James LaRue, bassist Jon Leon and Drummer Tyler Meahl as a reaction to an over saturation of trendy...

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Review: Nocturnall – 9

Made up by members of Brazilian melodic metal heroes Angra and Shaman, Sao Paulo’s Nocturnall, provide hooks, big meaty catchy power metal hooks!  Nocturnall were formed in early 2017, this, their second album sees Nocturnall (who have already made a name for themselves in their home country) according to their bio, have set their sights on world domination.  From their bio Nocturnall sound like quite a sight to behold, “incorporating all kinds of zombies interacting with the audience” which would make for a gig well and truly out of the ordinary. Whilst what Nocturnall are doing is nothing new...

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