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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…

Andrew O'Neill - Heavy Metal: A History

9 Aug 20144 stars

Huge connection with a subculture results in massive pay-off for those in the know

From the black clad hordes, sporting Mastodon t-shirts and Mohawks, waiting in line you know Andrew O'Neill is preaching to the converted. The clue is in the title if the thought of anything heavier than Coldplay brings you out in a cold sweat steer…

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…

UK metal festival round-up: From Hammerfest to Bloodstock

18 Feb 2015

We take a closer look at 2015's line-ups, which feature the likes of Metallica, Kiss and Slipknot

Henry Northmore As Godflesh, Onslaught and Conan join the latest announcements for this year’s Bloodstock it’s the perfect time to check out the line-ups rocking some of the best metal events across this year’s festival season. Hammerfest…

Live Review: Mastodon, O2 Academy, Glasgow, Wed 26 Nov

12 Dec 20144 stars

As good as billed, metal's biggest act drop the motherload on Glasgow

2014 may well be the year that finally validated those ‘biggest metal band in the world, ever!’ comments that have followed Mastodon for the past few albums, though tonight showed that, even at their most stadium-rocktastic, there’s still plenty of what…

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Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

16 Oct 20144 stars

New album marks the next chapter in the history of one of the world's most successful metal bands

Masked nine-piece Slipknot are one of the biggest metal bands in the world but.5: The Gray Chapter finds them in a state of flux. A few years ago even the idea of a fifth Slipknot album seemed unlikely. After bassist and founder member Paul Gray's death…

Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused

8 Oct 20143 stars

Experimental metal record at times fails to strike balance between two distinguished musicians

The pairing of hallowed avant-gardist Scott Walker with subterranean metal overlords Sunn O))) was first mooted when the former was asked to appear on the latter’s Monoliths & Dimensions. This tantalising prospect did not materialise at the time, but…

DragonForce - The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Wed 17 Sep 2014

19 Sep 20143 stars

Ridiculous but unapologetic virtuoso speed-metal hampered by technical gremlins

Like an over-amped 80s metal band, DragonForce play with power, speed and intensity. Why settle on one guitar solo when you can have five? The 'Force sound like every Iron Maiden album ever recorded all playing at once, on double speed, so it’s…

Opeth - Pale Communion

19 Aug 20145 stars

Inventive songwriting and fusion-led chops lead 11th album from ambitious Swedish metallers

Opeth and their principal songwriter Mikael Akerfeldt have balls. Big balls. When your calling card is crunching metal and death growls, turning the distortion dial down and going almost 70s prog is pretty risky. But this band had the chutzpah to do…

Linkin Park announce UK dates for November 2014

9 Jul 2014

Tickets for the dates, in support of new album The Hunting Party, go on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Linkin Park have announced they'll be playing The O2, London on Sun 23 Nov in support of latest album The Hunting Party. In writing the album, multi-instrumentalist and singer Mike Shinoda was inspired by a blog post titled ‘Rock Sucks Right Now and its…

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Metal titans Mastodon announce UK and Ireland tour dates for winter 2014

9 Jul 2014

Tickets for the tour go on sale from Fri 11 Jul

Metal titans Mastodon have announced a UK and Ireland tour for November and December, in support of their sixth studio album Once More ‘Round The Sun, released last month. The tour will come off the back of an intensive batch of shows around the US…

Boris - Noise

20 Jun 20143 stars

19th studio album tries to cover too many concepts ensuring it only sporadically hits bullseye

Boris’ 19th studio album (yes 19th!) and they’ve thrown a dash of everything into the casserole for Noise – which sporadically hits the bullseye on a number of jams throughout. The Japanese trio are renowned for their ecstatic and eclectic approach to…

Steel Panther announce UK tour for March 2015

18 Jun 2014

Tickets for the hair metal gigs will go on sale from 9am on Friday 20 June

Steel Panther have announced a UK-wide tour to take place in March 2015. The American hair metallers, having just played a set at Download festival this weekend, will return to the UK next year for huge shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Wolverhampton…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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.

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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…

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…

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…

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…