Reviews Department

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Matthew Brooks

Reviewer


Ever since I was 12 I’ve been in love with all things fast and heavy. The music of Evile changed my life in a way that lead to a burgeoning love of thrash metal. As time has passed I’ve developed my tastes further and now I’m immersing myself in the world of hardcore. If it makes me feel like I can headbutt down a brick wall chances are I’ll love it. Trap Them and Every Time I Die are recent favourites, but I’ll always carry a flame for Machine Head

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Jon E Smoke

Reviewer


John E Smoke should have been born in Wolverhampton but was instead born in Stone which, if you think about it, is a kind of rock. He is proud of his family’s black country roots in the home of heavy metal. Like a lot of people, his first taste of the heavy stuff came from watching top of the pops as a child. The band in question was Iron Maiden and John’s eyes and ears were opened to the world of heavy. His first proper gig was The Almighty in Wolverhampton, quickly followed by Sepultura.

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David Steed

Reviewer


Growing up in a house where the likes of Deep Purple and Rainbow were played regularly, it would be unusual if I hadn’t become a huge fan of rock music! I enjoy everything from across the rock and metal spectrum, but my heart lies with the riffs and melodies produced by the likes of Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge and Trivium (to name but a few). I am always excited by new music and am here to give my penny’s worth on the latest the rock/metal scene has to offer.

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Kevin McDonald

Reviewer


Midlands born, Merseyside based. Music is a big part of my life. Discovering new bands, working through discographies, revisiting old gems, going to gigs… all very exciting. I grew up in the glory days of nu metal and pop punk, and from there my tastes broadened as the years went by. Heavy/traditional/power is my preference, although I think there’s probably something of value in every sub-genre (that goes for non metal as well). Liverpool FC fan. I enjoy writing, even if no one is reading.


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Rachel Sandford

Admin


I'm Rachel. Rock and metal music was something I got into as soon as I heard it at about 11 years old. This led to my entire teen years being spent at shows (bless my mother for coming with me when I was too young to go), and at pigeon park and teenculture (my fellow brummies will hopefully understand me here). I've seen everything from Lamb Of God, to Nightwish, to All Time Low, to Nickelback, and I love it all

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Ellie Roberts

Reviewer


My love for music has been existent from the very moment that I was conceived at Glastonbury Festival in 1992. I repeatedly sang Sally MacLennane by The Pogues as my favourite song at nursery despite the shocked faces looking back at me; I spent most of secondary school googling Counting Crows lyrics; and I can’t remember a hardship that I’ve been through that blink-182 couldn’t remedy. The rest of my heart belongs to writing

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Stephanie Ingram

Reviewer / Admin


My Influences always date back to my childhood,Mainly being Led Zeppelin,Trex and Black Sabbath.My life has always been revolved around music,gig's,watching my family play in bands and supporting the local music scene.I have done promoting in the past putting on gigs in Wolverhampton and Birmingham.I love gigs,festivals and nothing more than kicking back with a good vinyl and a drink with friends

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Amy Lawrence

Reviewer


My passion for Metal and Rock was ignited when I discovered Motörhead in 2011, a band that will rigidly remain as my favourite for eternity. Since then, Metal has formed an indelible part of my identity, as I love to listen and research bands of all genres and sizes. Although I do have a tendency to lean towards heavy metal and thrash! To me, there is no other feeling that quite matches the sensation of losing yourself in an album or witnessing the sheer power of a bands live performance.


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Diane Davies

Reviewer


From an early age it was Rock that spun on my turntable mainly Sabbath , Zeppelin and Purple . As my Album collection grew , so did the urge to see my favourite Bands in concert , before long I was attending gigs far and wide ( I still do !) This led me to writing reviews as Dee Dee for Fanzines in the 1990s , including Ruff Diamond , Splitting Headache and Smokin Dragon and contributing to Brum Beat occasionally . After a long hiatus , just like vinyl , I’m returning to something I love doing !

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Charlie Mace

Admin / Reviewer


Charlie has loved rock since her teens when she used to come home from school and secretly listen to AC/DC, Skid Row and Guns and Roses rather than Bros or A-Ha! Now she still listens to those guys but her horizons have broadened slightly to include southern rock and even some bands that are still together!!