Duran Duran guitarist Dom Brown has used his enforced downtime to get to work on a new solo set, one which has been informed, for the most part, by the lockdown. Roping in a brace of his co-Duran collaborators, ‘In My Bones’ is “a journey”; both lyrically and musically, perusing the avenues of pop, soul, blues and gospel.
Three albums into their Super Deluxe reissue campaign, and the Black Sabbath catalogue continues on its leapfrogging trajectory, with album number six, 1975’s ‘Sabotage’ getting a newly remastered and extended lick of paint.
Four years in the making, Toto man Joseph Williams 'Denzien Tenant' has been a long time coming, but the results have been well worth the wait. Bolstered by collaborations with family and friends, as well as adding a choice brace of cover songs, it's perhaps his most personal collection yet.
Toto’s mainstay maestro Steve Lukather sets out to record an album in a week, and succeeds with an accomplished, tight but loose set. A set of breezy pop rock that belies the technical genius of the musician's musician.
Like the band themselves during its' famously snowblind creation, Black Sabbath's Vol 4 lines up for the full treatment. Featuring outtakes, alternative versions, and a full live recording from 1973, the 4-CD and 5-LP 'Super Deluxe' versions offer the ultimate Vol 4 package.
From ‘Plastic Planet’ to ‘Ohmwork’ via ‘Black Science’, Geezer Butler’s solo catalogue gets a welcome rerelease. Eamon O’Neill revisits the hand of Doom’s work outside of Black Sabbath, and finds contemporary '90s metal with Sabbath sludge.
Black Sabbath's defining set gets the full expanded box set treatment, five decades after opening metal's door to the masses. Eamon O'Neill reassesses the album, in 'Super Deluxe' form.
Arriving with as much commotion and unbridled power as (but infinitely more welcome than) Storm Dennis, Mongolian Hunnu rock phenomenon The Hu arrived at Belfast’s The Limelight on Saturday night (15th February 2020), bringing a unique blend of head-banging tunes and traditional throat music.
A staggering five decades since its' tolling bell ushered in what is generally considered to be the birth of heavy metal, and Black Sabbath's first album was celebrated with an intimate playback in London's Number 10, Hackney. Taking place, appropriately 'in the dark' on the 50th Anniversary of its' release (13th February 2020), it was an evening as atmospheric as the album itself.
With the festive season on the horizon, The Darkness played the middle show (After Cork and before Dublin) of their brief Irish run, at Belfast's Limelight on Tuesday 26th November. Part of their ‘Easter Is Cancelled’ tour, the band played to a sold-out crowd, providing a show of two halves.