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ZW Band / Zonder Wehrkamp – If It’s Real – Album Review

Artist: ZW Band / Zonder Wehrkamp Album Title: If It’s Real Label: Independent Release Date of Release: 24 May 2019 I’m a huge fan of Shadow Gallery, so when I get a message from none other than Gary Wehrkamp, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with one of the best progressive metal acts to come from the US,  Continue Reading »

My most anticipated releases of 2017 – Part 6

Welcome to what I confidently predict will be the final part in this ever-expanding series where I look at those albums which will, should or might be released during 2017. I’ve already offered 25 releases that I’d be delighted to hear but the music keeps on coming to prove that heavy music is very much  Continue Reading »

Writing about music is a privilege & should never be abused

The recent news from Frontiers Records has got me thinking. And the thinking has made me quite cross. So, what better way to welcome in the weekend than with a bit of a rant? For the record, I am in no way angry at Frontiers Records or any other record label. My anger is vented  Continue Reading »

Pantommind – Searching For Eternity – Album Review

Artist: Pantommind Album Title: Searching For Eternity Label: Spectastral Records Year Of Release: 2015 691. That’s the current number of ‘likes’ that progressive metallers Pantommind have on Facebook. I know very well that social media is in no way the only measure of an artist’s success and neither should it be. But like it or  Continue Reading »

Unknown & Underrated – Shadow Gallery

Today sees another band take the spotlight in my ‘Unknown & Underrated’ series, in the hope that it brings with it a few more fans and a little more well-deserved success. If you are interested in reading previous entries in this series, they can be found via the following links: Redemption Wolverine Subsignal Omnium Gatherum  Continue Reading »

If Only Everyone In the Music Industry Did It Right

The work that I do for Powerplay Magazine and to a slightly lesser extent ThisIsNotAScene and Ghost Cult, I do for the love of the music. I don’t get paid for it. Whilst I’d love to be remunerated for it, the biggest payment I get is non-financial. It’s the buzz of seeing my name in  Continue Reading »

Interviewing My Musical Heroes – The Ups & Downs

There are many great things about writing for a music magazine. From getting to hear albums before their official release, to gaining entry to gigs on press passes and getting access to the photo pit, it’s all good. However, the one aspect that I both love and fear the most is the interview. Over the  Continue Reading »

Progpower Europe – the greatest festival ever?

The 2012 edition of Progpower Europe is right around the corner but, as a brand new Dad, I cannot attend for the third year in a row. I’m disappointed, but the adventure I have embarked upon at home makes up for the disappointment no end. Nevertheless, I shall not be travelling to Baarlo in the  Continue Reading »

The Internet, Heavy Metal & Me

Over the past few years, the music industry has changed almost beyond recognition thanks almost entirely to the rise of the Internet. You can bemoan this revolution, resent it as much as you want and even blame it for certain things. The demise of the independent record store (see previous blog) is one of the  Continue Reading »

My Top 5 Albums Of All Time

This has been a very hard blog to write. Even now, as you read this, I’m sure that I’ve already changed my mind a hundred times. However, as I write, these are what I currently consider to be my top 5 albums of all time. Many of you will agree, many more will disagree, perhaps  Continue Reading »

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