No joke – new reviews!

That wasn’t even click-bait. Because I have actually got some lovely new reviews for you, which are live now exclusively at

Because music is no joke. Serious business yeah? Well at least these releases aren’t laughable.


Mount Salem – Endless (Lovely lady sung Sabbath/doom stuff to space out to)

Overkill – The Killing Kind (Ok so this isn’t so new, but that’s how these guys become legends, by having a big back catalogue)

Volume IV – Long In The Tooth (Yeah so you should probably give these guys a listen. Because you know stoner/sludge/doom/blues/groove is good for you)

Live: Grand Magus @ The Underworld, London (16/03/2014)

“Above ground talk is of shamrocks and Guinness, this being St Patrick’s Day and all, but below, in the bowels of The Underworld is where something interesting is happening. Where the sounds are of steel being sharpened and axes being restrung. For tonight Grand Magus will lead another army of followers into battle. Maybe they’ll even claim an iron throne.”

Follow the riff – read the full review exclusively at The Independent Voice ezine

Live/Chat: Overkill @ O2 Islington Academy, London

The other week not only did I review the mighty Overkill on their brief UK jaunt but I also grabbed some time with super nice guy frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth who had some great insights into pie, as well as the industry today and the Overkill way.

Your only question should be which to read first! whilst you decide, wrap your brain around a taster of each:

“No doubt in part because in Overkill’s case you truly feel like you are part of something, just by being here tonight you’re part of something and connected to each and every other person in the room.”

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“We were born to seize opportunity and I think that’s what really a band is about. You know take that chance and if you can and succeed more times than fail you can string days into years and into decades, so who knows? Hopefully we’ll be back but you never know.”

Read the whole interview exclusively at

Live: Crowbar @ The Garage, London (04/03/2014)

Listen to Crowbar. I did.

Here’s a snippet: “Thing about Crowbar is they make the up-tempo and down-tempo work together; different sides of the coin as one. Only you’re never sure which side you want it to land on – slow and brooding or fast and driving. Better to just let it keep spinning on its end.”

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Live: Black Stone Cherry @ Koko, London (28/02/2014)

You wanna spend an evening with Black Stone Cherry? Well let me set the scene for you – ‘“Have you guys seen a Black Stone Cherry show before?” asks Robertson noting a few raised hands from the crowd. “You haven’t? You been missing out your whole life, well at least the last six years. Don’t worry everyone’s first time is the best.” Well the subsequent times aren’t too bad either.’

Now go read the full review exclusively at, pretend you were there, and don’t say I never give you anything 🙂