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Spotlight: Awaker

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments ()

Distance and death overcome for the Manchester prog rockers’ return


Spades pierced the boggy Mancuanian back in 2007 to lay the foundations of the band that would become Awaker, but only now do we see, e...

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Spotlight: Revival

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments ()

Bringing the spirit of metalcore into a contemporary setting...stylishly!

Sharp, punchy songs with a gritty, distorted punk backbone but an ear for a powerful melody atop the grinding riffs and pulsating drums: This is Revival.

A four piece metal / hard rock band, with two members from Stockport and two from Denton, they've...

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Spotlight: PIST

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments ()


Filthy, dirty riff mongrels



"The power of the riff compels me!" - Those are the immortal words hollered at the start of Do...

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Spotlight: Turbowolf

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 5:50 AM Comments comments ()

Turbowolf’s music is on another plain of existence entirely


It was in 2011 when I discovered possibly one of my favourite bands in recent memory. Turbowolf are an interesting psychedelic punk rock band, which is just the short hand way of saying they’re a punk band that make lots of we...

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A Heavy Metal Travel Guide - Kickstarter Campaign Launched

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 7:15 PM Comments comments ()


Phil Weller, Editor of the website Manchester Rocks and a freelance music and sports journalist has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his new book. The book, a heavy metal travel guide, will see Phil and an Australian photographer, Natasha travel across Europe for 3-4 months exploring the underground rock and metal scenes, finding the ...

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My 2014: Mick Birchall, Pixie Hollow & Brian Mclean

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments ()

Find out their top albums, gigs and discoveries of 2014 inside


Mick Birchall

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Preview: Empire Signal @ Academy 3 Jan 16th

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments ()

The band's hometown show should be a cracker!


Empire Signal are a rock & roll band from Manchester, England. They write soul bearing, melodic songs and play them heavy and deep. The songs are well crafted with driving guitars, harmonies, pounding drums, throbbing bass and layers of hammon...

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My 2014: Cai Dixon & Kat Hilton

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:45 PM Comments comments ()

Two more of our lovely team talk us through their musical highlights and lowlights of 2014


Cai Dixon




1. Arch Enemy - War Eternal...

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My 2014: Ben Armstrong

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments ()

Ben Armstrong talks us through his musical highs and lows of 2014

Albums – Metal


1. Behemoth – The Satanist. A colossal comeback rec...

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My 2014: Anthony Firmin

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 7:10 PM Comments comments ()

 Athony Firmin talks us through his musical highlights of 2014


1. Anathema – Distant Sate...

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