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Of Spire and Throne - Toll of the Wound

23 Apr 20144 stars

Expertly crafted and highly satisfying slab o’ sludge from Edinburgh doom trio

Following last year’s split release with Groningen sludgelords Ortega, Edinburgh-spawned doom trio Of Spire and Throne return with a limited edition EP on cassette, CD and black or red vinyl. With bleak cover art and a tracklist that promises three…

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More to play British Summer Time Festival 2014

1 Apr 2014

Presale tickets available from Wed 2 Apr; general sale available from Fri 4 Apr

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Faith No More are the latest names to be added to the British Summer Time series of gigs set to take place in Hyde Park this July. The metal titans will head up a line-up that also features Motorhead, Soulfly, Wolfmother…

Deftones, Frank Turner and Reel Big Fish added to line-up for Sonisphere 2014

12 Feb 2014

The bands join Metallica, Iron Maiden, The Prodigy and Limp Bizkit at the rock and metal fest

Deftones, Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and Reel Big Fish are three of the latest additions to the Sonisphere 2014 line-up. Protest The Hero, Alestorm, Truckfighters, Kerbdog, Only Crime, Blitz Kids, Itch, Max Raptor and Hounds were also added to a…

Black Sabbath - SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Mon 16 Dec 2013

19 Dec 20135 stars

The (mostly) original line-up reunite to perform a set of pure heavy metal ecstasy

There’s always a slight fear when a band comes out of retirement and heads back on the touring circuit that they’ll never recapture past glories. For many fans it’ll be their last and only chance to catch an act they know and love in the live arena, so…

Top 5 ex-wrestlers

19 Apr 2013

The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Chris Jericho are among those who have attempted non-wrestling careers

With the dust from Wrestlemania XXIX still settling, and wrestler-turned-writer Mick Foley coming to Edinburgh on April 24 to try out his new persona as a stand-up story teller, The List looks at the top 5 wrestlers who tired of being beaten up for a…

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As The Palaces Burn

27 Feb 20144 stars

Fascinating documentary about Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe's trial for manslaughter

Lamb of God are a seriously heavy rock band from Richmond, Virginia, who alongside Machine Head, Trivium and Shadows Fall helped revive the sound of thrash for a new generation of metal heads. They’ve sold a shit load of records; picked up multiple…

Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Gojira, Karnivool, Mastodon and Slayer added to Sonisphere 2014 lineup

6 Jan 2014

The new acts join headliners The Prodigy, Metallica and Iron Maiden at the rock and metal fest

UPDATE: Airbourne, Alice In Chains, Ghost, Gojira, Karnivool, Mastodon and Slayer have been added to the line-up for Sonisphere 2014, which will take place at Knebworth Park on Fri 4–Sun 6 July 2014.

Black Sabbath: 13

6 Jun 20132 stars

Latest album falls short of expectations with pretentiousl lyrics and overdriven sound

‘Wow, a new Black Sabbath record: this should be really good!’ involuntarily blurts out your brain before it has time to digest the relevant information: just about everything Ozzy Osbourne has done with his career since the 1970s. Press play. Courtesy…

Pure Love - Electric Circus, Edinburgh, Fri 8 Feb 2013

12 Feb 20135 stars

High energy live show from former Gallows frontman Frank Carter and co

Gallows had built up a reputation for intense, fearsome live shows. They were the leaders of the UK’s hardcore scene leaving a trail of trashed venues in their wake. Each gig an explosion of feral punk rock, flailing bodies, blood and gore. Picked up by…

Divorce - Divorce

17 Aug 20124 stars

Uncompromising and underpinned by deceptively skilled post-punk rhythms

Hail Divorce, femme-metal overlords (overladies?) of every stage they’ve ever desecrated with their racket. In fairness, this debut album from a Glasgow quartet who have been around the houses with some of the best labels in town could only ever be a…

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Interview: Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland

29 Jan 2014

The commercial-metal man chats about his art school past and love of dark electronic music

The annual Kerrang! tour is a snap shot of the state of heavy rock. And 2014 finds us in a dark and disturbing place featuring the monstrous riffage of Nottingham’s Baby Godzilla famed for their explosive live shows; the power meets thrash of…

Lamb of God - O2 Academy, Glasgow, Thu 16 Jan 2014

22 Jan 20144 stars

Randy Blythe and co return to the live arena following Blythe's acquittal of manslaughter charges

Lamb of God’s return to Glasgow marked their first Scottish date since vocalist Randy Blythe was acquitted last year of manslaughter charges following the death of a young fan at a concert in the Czech Republic. Blythe has since wasted no time reminding…

Limp Bizkit, Anthrax and The Sisters of Mercy added to Sonisphere 2014 line-up

21 Jan 2014

Carnifex, Silverstein, Dropkick Murphys, The Virginmarys and Devin Townsend also added

Several new names have been added to the line-up for rock and metal fest Sonisphere, which will take place at Knebworth Park on Fri 4–Sun 6 Jul 2014. Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Carnifex, Chas & Dave, Silverstein, Dropkick Murphys, The Sisters of Mercy, The…

Alice in Chains - O2 Academy, Glasgow, Thu 14 Nov 2013

22 Nov 20134 stars

Come With the Fall's William DuVall delivers a fitting tribute to deceased frontman Layne Staley

Few bands recover from the death of their lead singer. Most implode or just cannot face the thought of carrying on (a few very rare cases, like AC/DC, go onto unlikely world domination). An important factor is who actually writes the majority of the…

Alice in Chains announce UK tour

9 Jul 2013

The tour will call in at London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds and Newport

Rock giants Alice in Chains have announced a six date UK arena tour this November. The tour, in support of newest album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, will be the biggest the band has ever done on these shores, and follows selected worldwide summer…

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New Scottish band Akord bring hard rock from the Granite City

1 May 2013

Zealous Aberdeen-bred band sweeping competition ahead of debut EP release

On the cusp of securing top spot at their third competition in as many months, the Granite City's noiseniks Akord have been rapidly attracting major attention from both sides of the border; all of which has been impressively amassed prior to the release…

Ghost, Gojira and The Defiled - O2 Academy, Glasgow, Tue 19 Mar, 2013

28 Mar 20134 stars

Thundering triple bill of industrial, thrash prog and classic metal

It’s easy to be cynical about sponsored gigs, but Jägermeister have nailed their colours to the mast: they love and support metal. And when they are providing line-ups this solid at just £5 in, you can forget all the corporate bullshit and admit it’s…

Saint Vitus - The Cathouse, Glasgow, Thu 14 Mar 2013

25 Mar 20134 stars

First Scottish date for the LA doom metal band is immaculately executed

LA doom metallers Saint Vitus never really got the dues they deserved throughout their various incarnations over the last few decades. Despite their ties to the legendary 80s SST label during the height of Black Flag’s fame and countless name checking…

Moss - Horrible Night

15 Mar 20134 stars

Riff-based, melodic material from unreconstructed stoner metal band

(Rise Above Records) Regarded as one of the starkest and most suffocating English doom bands of the last ten years, the return of Southampton’s Moss is another step into the void. Horrible Night sees them distance themselves from their guttural and…

Deftones - Barrowland, Glasgow, Fri 15 Feb 2013

21 Feb 20134 stars

Alt-rockers' refreshing approach and inspiring outlook makes for great live spectacle

The Sacramento based heavy alt-rockers are most definitely a resilient bunch. Seemingly unfazed by the changing landscape of the music industry, having been unfairly lumped in with the numb-skull nu-metal genre that plagued the early noughties, Deftones…

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Om - Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 28 Sep

18 Oct 20123 stars

The meditative metal group deliver faithful unsatisfactorily short Stereo set

Meditative metal Om Stereo, Glasgow, Fri 28 Sep Om’s new direction and rhythm section has polarised some older heads inclined towards the more Sleep-heavy vibes found on earlier releases. There’s an obvious difference in the live amalgamation of Om…

Neurosis - Honor Found in Decay

18 Oct 20123 stars

Ten albums in, Neurosis continue to evolve. Kicking off with the uncharacteristically forthright riff ‘We All Rage in Gold’, Honor Found in Decay occupies a space between their more contemplative, work and the confrontational style of 2007’s Given to…

Interview: Alice Cooper

17 Oct 2012

Halloween, horror and Jim Morrison

Alice Cooper is a shock rock legend he practically invented the excessive stage shows names like Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie now employ. However it’s not just about the monsters, the costumes and the onstage executions, ‘School’s Out…

Linkin Park - Living Things

25 Jul 20123 stars

Crisp, clean rock from the nu metal survivors

Linkin Park became the poster boys for the entire nu metal movement. Their (relative) good looks and young age meant they were many a tweenager’s gateway drug to the hard stuff (we’re talking Slipknot and Slayer, not skag). Hoary old metal purists hated…

Sleep, The Arches, Glasgow, Sun 22 May

27 Jun 20124 stars

Stoner metal from the Bay Area brings transcendent heaviness

The live Sleep experience could only ever function with obscene amounts of volume. Obviously the sticky green stuff might also be advisable to punters - depending on one’s propensity for light narcotics - but tonight it's about decibels. And low end.