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Pieni’s highlights of 2017

Posted in Editorial/Opinionated with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 1st January 2018 by Pieni

2017 was quite the roller-coaster, hence my somewhat absence. But that doesn’t mean I’ve paid less attention. My live highlights this past year were:


  1. W.A.S.P. at O2 Forum Kentish Town (London)
  2. Infraktor at Metalpoint (Porto)
  3. Equaleft at Hard Club (Porto)
  4. Ugly Kid Joe at AgitÁgueda (Águeda)
  5. Hills Have Eyes at River Stone (Penafiel)

In terms of records I might have been a bit careless, but these titles are awesome nevertheless:


  1. “Heartless Oppressor” by Primal Attack
  2. “1755” by Moonspell
  3. “Infinite Shadows Of Memories” by The End Of Grace
  4. “Hegemony” by Samael
  5. “Medusa” by Paradise Lost

Top-5 videos:

  1. “In Tremor Dei” by Moonspell
  2. “Never Quit” by Hills Have Eyes
  3. “Like Orpheus” by Orphaned Land
  4. “Blood And Chaos” by Paradise Lost
  5. “Black Flag” by Iced Earth

And expectations/anticipations for 2018:


  1. The release of “Exhaust”, Infraktor‘s debut album!
  2. After the single “Never Quit” blowing my mind away, can’t wait to see what Hills Have Eyes will deliver next.
  3. The release of “Dropout”, Breaking Today’s debut EP, and how it will turn out live (pretty dynamic, I’m sure).
  4. Crashdïet have a new singer, Gabriel Keyes, and judging by the first single featuring him, “We Are The Legion”, I foresee a bright future for the Swedes.
  5. Just a few days ago, in what I’ve considered one of their best live shows ever, Equaleft played two new songs, two powerful new songs. Hoping to listen to the rest of this upcoming second full-length album in 2018.

Happy New Year folks!

Renata “Pieni” Lino

Skid Row w/ Ugly Kid Joe @ Electric Ballroom, London

Posted in Live with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19th November 2013 by Pieni

Dead City Ruins, Ugly Kid Joe, Skid Row
Electric Ballroom, Camden Town, London
5th November 2013

There was another reason to celebrate the November 5th in London besides being Guy Fawkes Night – the RoJo Rage Tour hit Camden Town. Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe, the finest “youth gone wild” and “least wanted” of America, were about to set their own brand of fireworks on the Electric Ballroom stage.

Australian rockers Dead City Ruins completed the package, warming up the crowd for half an hour. Loud guitars, sharp beats, high-pitched cries and long curls waving fiercely back and forth… Sadly I only caught the name of two songs, “Broken Bones” and “Damn My Eyes” but I can tell you they were all 110% rock’n’roll attitude. Not exactly something new or extraordinary, but good enough.

It wasn’t their first time there and they surely had a handful of fans screaming along. “Help us out coming back by buying anything on the merch stand”, incited Jake Wiffen close to the end. Not sure if that plea worked out, but I believe many would like to see them again. (4/5)

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The kings of “cheese metal” proved being much alive after all these years – especially singer Whit Crane, who seemed incapable of standing still, and (live session) guitarist Sonny Mayo, with his incredible high jumps.

Split for 13 years, Ugly Kid Joe reunited in 2010 and have just released the EP “Stairway To Hell” ever since, in 2012 (re-released last month with three acoustic bonus tracks), meaning that the approximately 75 minutes of show were a parade of classics. And even “Devil’s Paradise”, “No One Survives” and “I’m Alright”, the songs they played from the aforementioned latest EP, were very welcomed and sung along by the majority of the sold-out venue.

It’s kind of hard to say which moments were the highest, as the whole concert broke the charts, but I’ll drop a few titles such as “Neighbor”, “So Damn Cool”, “Cats In The Cradle” (the Harry Chapin song that Whit used to listen to with his sister when he was a kid), “Milkman’s Son” and “Goddamn Devil”, as I believe the screams of the crowd were slightly louder.

“Now let’s pretend that we went backstage and you guys will scream for us to come back”. We were happy to do so and obvious choice for “the encore” was “Everything About You” – where Whit replaced the last “you” by the name of a woman. I think it was Madeleine Porter, but I honestly can’t say for sure, as the roar of the crowd muffled his words.

But they still had an ace up their sleeves – literally. Showing their appreciation for the British metal, Ugly Kid Joe said good night to London with an amazing cover of Motörhead’s “Ace Of Spades”. (5 / 5)

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I had seen Ugly Kid Joe in 1995, when they opened for Van Halen and Bon Jovi, but Skid Row was a first. And since they were one of the first bands to hit the favourite list when I was a kid, it was literally a dream come true. Yes, of course that back then Sebastian Bach was the singer and that when he left I felt it wasn’t the same anymore. But that was 17 years ago, I had plenty of time to grow up and overcome it. Johnny Solinger is an awesome singer and I’m more than grateful for the emotion with which he brought all those songs to life.

“Let’s Go”, from their recent EP “United World Rebellion: Chapter One”, was the opening song and so we went. Oh how we went! “Thick Is The Skin” and “Kings Of Demolition” showed us how their 21st century stuff is just as great, but the classics have a whole baggage that entitles them a much warmer response from the crowd. Like the rumble we produced when the first chords of “18 And Life” echoed, for instance.

Johnny left the stage when Rachel Bolan got hold of the mike to sing Ramone’s “Psycho Therapy”, and when he came back he had his cellphone in his hand saying something like “when this band started cellphones didn’t exist yet. It was still disk and handle. And now here I am tweeting about how much fun we’re having here in London. ‘Cause we want to remember you”. Yes, “I Remember You” came next.

“Quicksand Jesus” opened the encore, and after “Slave To The Grind” Dave Sabo thanked London once again and said how happy and proud he was that 24 years later, we still sang along to every word. “And no matter how old we are we will always be the YOUTH GONE WILD – three little words that everyone screamed at the top of their lungs at the same time the guitarist said them. Epic! (5 / 5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino


Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe to co-headline European tour

Posted in News with tags , , , , on 20th September 2013 by Pieni

Having sold millions of albums between them, North-American rock bands Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe are about to tour the Old Continent, in a sum of 29 cities through 13 countries. Both bands will play full sets with all the hits they’re famous for, plus the more recent works.

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Skid Row released a new EP in April, “United World Rebellion, Chapter 1”, so one can expect to listen to “This Is Killing Me” or “Kings Of Demolition” among classics such as “Youth Gone Wild” and “Monkey Business”.

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As for Ugly Kid Joe, who have been on a festival tour this Summer, they will make sure to put up a “rad” show (to use singer Whitfield Crane‘s own word) with oldies such as “Everything About You” and “Neighbor” mixed with tracks from last year’s EP “Stairway To Hell”.

The dates are as follows:
Tues 22 Oct Southampton, ENGLAND Mo’Club
Wed 23 Oct Rugby, ENGLAND The Vault
Thurs 24 Oct Manchester, ENGLAND NQ Live
Fri 25 Oct Nottingham, ENGLAND Rock City
Sat 26 Oct Wrexhan, WALES Central Station
Mon 28 Oct Glasgow, SCOTLAND The Garage
Tues 29 Oct Belfast, N.IRELAND Limelight
Wed 30 Oct Dublin, IRELAND Button Factory
Fri 01 Nov Exeter, ENGLAND Lemon Grove
Sat 02 Nov Wolverhampton, ENGLAND Wulfrun
Sun 03 Nov Reading, ENGLAND Sub 89
Mon 04 Nov Brighton, ENGLAND Concorde 2
Tues 05 Nov London, ENGLAND Electric Ballroom
Thurs 07 Nov Norwich, ENGLAND Waterfront
Fri 08 Nov Enschede, NETHERLANDS Atak
Sat 09 Nov Bochum, GERMANY Matrix
Sun 10 Nov Cologne, GERMANY Essigfabrik
Mon 11 Nov Copenhagen, DENMARK Lions & Barrels
Wed 13 Nov Gothenberg, SWEDEN Sticky Fingers
Thurs 14 Nov Oslo, NORWAY Klubscena
Fri 15 Nov Borlange, SWEDEN Liljan
Sat 16 Nov Upplands Vasby, SWEDEN Messingen
Mon 18 Nov Manheim, GERMANY Alte Seilerei
Tues 19 Nov Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS Melkweg
Thurs 21 Nov Ludwigsburg, GERMANY Rockfabirk
Fri 22 Nov Saarbrucken, GERMANY Garage
Sat 23 Nov Vaureal, FRANCE Le Forum
Sun 24 Nov Lucerne, SWITZERLAND Schuur
Tues 26 Nov Vienna, AUSTRIA Szene Wien

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