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March 25, 2013 1 Comment

Steff Metal reviews: Arc of Ascent – the Higher Key

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Have I told you guys about Arc of Ascent yet? No? Well, now I shall. Arc of Ascent consists of Craig Williamson, who sings, plays bass, keyboards, sitar and probably dances naked for your enjoyment. Sandy Schaare on guitar and John Strange rounds out the trio but, since he’s a drummer, […]

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February 4, 2013 1 Comment

Shenanigans with alestorm: Auckland concert review and Hobbiton adventures

I’m trying to recreate in words the awesomeness that was this weekend. I’m having a lot of trouble, probably because I’m not drunk enough. If you could go out to the liquor store, buy yourself a large bottle of gin, and sort of pour it down the screen of your […]

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January 18, 2013 2 Comments

Steff Metal Reviews: Nightwish live in Auckland, Studio K’rd, with Stormforge, Naquadah, Forsaken Age and Damnnation’s Day

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We often complain here in New Zealand that we don’t get any decent international acts. Which is not actually true. Thanks to hard-working promoters, I’ve been able to see some incredible shows over the years, from both big and small international bands. Metallica, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Inquisition, Nick Cave […]

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October 29, 2012 0 Comments

Steff Metal Reviews: Forsaken Age – Back from Extinction

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 Album release party Sat Nov 3, at the Thirsty Dog One of the side-effects of being a metal blogger is that all your mates want you to review their albums. I feel weird about it, because I’d hate to say something mean about music they’d worked so hard on, or […]

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October 15, 2012 1 Comment

Concert Review: Lord, Sonic Altar, Just One Fix, Stone Monarch and Stormforge

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Friday October 5, Kings Arms, Auckland Wollongong/Sydney power metal masters Lord last played on our shores in 2009. I missed them then – I think I might have been in Syria at the time – but this time I wasn’t going to be a piker. I must confess that I […]

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