James Matthew Atkinson

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24th July 2014 at Gretna Green

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I have never been a person to play an album on constant rotation. A few albums do stand out for me such as Black Sabbath’s first 6, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds, Iron Maiden’s Live after Death, Ghost’s Opus Eponymous and Cradle of Filth’s Live Bait for the Dead are just a few that spring to mind. An album was released recently that has really provided me with another that I can add to that list. It is Devilment’s The Great and Secret Show.



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Category: Music | Views: 1712 | Added by: James | Date: 16 December 2014 | Comments (3)

It is truly an understatement to say that the bible has many stories that have been adapted into various types of art. One of the more well known is the 17th century set of poems by the English poet John Milton. It is an epic twelve books of blank verse. It is based around the book of Genesis and Adam and Eve. It explains their creation and loss of place within the Garden of Eden. In effect the fall of man and Satan’s part in that downfall.

Category: Music | Views: 2940 | Added by: James | Date: 05 October 2014 | Comments (0)


I have discussed aspects of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) on past blog entries. Here I would like to draw your attention to a quite obscure moment in the history of this genre. I have always been a fan of the late guitarist Paul Samson. A very underrated player indeed, it is his early work with his band Samson that I have affection for the most. Formed in 1977, it was not until the album Head on in 1980 that the music started to gain its power. They had been an extremely hard touring band, putting in hundreds of shows all around Europe. Bruce ... Read more »
Category: Music | Views: 1374 | Added by: James | Date: 14 September 2014 | Comments (0)

Music is a great gift. It is also incredibly diverse. Some people love pop and others jazz. My main taste has always been hard rock, heavy metal and blues. Iron Maiden was one of the first bands I was wholeheartedly a fan of. I still am but it is mainly of the first eight albums. This is due to the fact they take me on a nostalgic high. Originally they heralded the new wave of British heavy metal. This is together with bands like Raven, Judas Priest, Hell, Venom and Samson to name but a few. Iron Maiden with original singer Paul DiAnno brought out the incredible Soundhouse tapes then an impressive debut album in Iron Maiden, followed by the equally prodigious album, Killers. When Bruce Dickinson joined the fold from fellow NWOBHM band Samson they notched up a gear and the world was shown how to create a supreme live p ... Read more »
Category: Music | Views: 9013 | Added by: James | Date: 23 August 2014 | Comments (0)

Rick Rubin is a legendary producer. Whether you like his style or not he has left his mark on the music industry. He set up Def Jam and American recordings and they released some classic albums by artists such as the Beastie Boys, The Cult, Public Enemy, Masters of Reality, Danzig, Metallica and one of my nostalgic greats by Wolfsbane. It is one of his most recently produced albums I want to bring to the readers attention though. He produced the Black Sabbath album 13.

Category: Music | Views: 784 | Added by: James | Date: 09 August 2014 | Comments (0)

Guitars and amps, I love the world. One of the aspects that I have an interest in is the signature series. Signature versions are there to sell the product first of all. If there were no guitar heroes you would probably not get the interest. Guitar heroes do exist and because of this we have the best adverts for the instrument. It is astounding how may different amplifiers and guitars that have been produced but it is just as astonishing how may are based on well-known players. Brian May has Vox ac30 amps with his red special, John Lennon and Fargen, Joe Satriani and his Marshall JVM410H together with the Ibanez JS2410, Kerry King and the Marshall 2203KK played with the BC Rich bearing his moniker! The list now goes on and on.

Category: Music | Views: 8374 | Added by: James | Date: 21 July 2014 | Comments (0)

This took my fancy. I thought the info-graphic was splendid and for any guitar player like myself makes me chuckle.

When Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire, the guitar reached a near mythological level of cool in the world. In fact, the mystique surrounding the guitar and guitar players permeates throughout culture that seems to transcend the simple (yet quite enjoyable!) act of playing the guitar. With their recently published infographic Encore Music Lessons breaks down the vast depths of the guitar’s ‘cool.’

Category: Music | Views: 719 | Added by: James | Date: 15 July 2014 | Comments (0)

Doctor Tony Iommi, now that sounds good, and it is now fact. Black Sabbath has been the number one influence in my musical taste. The moment I heard the original albums was a revelation. I have never looked back. Tony has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Coventry University in recognition of his contribution to the world of popular music. That was in November 2013.

I was incredibly pleased he got the award. He ... Read more »

Category: Music | Views: 1051 | Added by: James | Date: 21 June 2014 | Comments (0)

I am sat here having a beer contemplating the last time I properly picked my guitar up. I am frustrated with myself for not making more of an effort. I blamed everything but myself! Now I am changing that. Firstly, it is my fault. I have concentrated on other aspects of learning software, not feeling like it and simply not finding the ‘moments’. It is time to go back to that love of playing again.

There is one music resource I always go back to. That is justinguitar.com. This is a site created by the talented Justin Sandercoe. It has been teaching since 2003 and is free. Justin di ... Read more »

Category: Music | Views: 969 | Added by: James | Date: 12 May 2014 | Comments (0)

This is about my long-standing love of music videos. Not about every music video, only those that are made with respect for the art. To me it does not have to be associated with the music I buy, but instead it should take you out of the now and directly into the artist’s vision for 5 minutes. You should come away emotionally changed.

This brings me to a video that comes from 1996. Directed by Nic Goffey and Dominic Hawley who together shaped a stylistic trend that continues today. I have to be blunt though and state that I feel that the majority of music videos, now more than ever, are watered down commercial drivel. This is harsh but was bound to happen as music became freely available on the Internet. Also it has to be iterated that throwing large quantities of cash at a music video does no ... Read more »

Category: Music | Views: 1209 | Added by: James | Date: 15 April 2014 | Comments (0)

Well I thought I had seen all the oddest performances known to man, that is until now. Please watch the video and make your own mind up but one thing is clear....that lead singer is one hell of a character.

The main component that bands lack is a lead singer that you simply can not take your eyes off. David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Ronnie James Dio and Bruce Dickinson are my picks in what is part of a small list. Every year it certainly gets smaller in the 'popular' music category. I put that down to the dirge that is X Factor, The Voice and that endless list of worldwide 'talent' shows. All creating the same honed clones.
This is where our friends on the video show how to cut out the clone and create a showstop ... Read more »
Category: Music | Views: 813 | Added by: James | Date: 04 March 2014


I've always been a fan of the band Ghost since their debut album Opus Eponymous. I find that the version of melodic rock and theatre they excrete creates an incredible ambience that is almost on a par with visualising a film. For some reason it reminds me of David Bowies Ziggy Stardust days. That enigma that is wrapped within pure rock...and heavy rock at that.

A great deal has been made about who is behind the masks and cloaks, some would say it is irrelevant. In my opinion it it is far from irrelevant, it is one of the reasons their live shows are incredible. Most fans know the brilliant songwriter ... Read more »
Category: Music | Views: 1856 | Added by: James | Date: 17 February 2014

I have never been the worlds biggest Bruce Springsteen fan, but I do respect him as an artist.
I noticed on Twitter that this video has been getting everyone excited.....I watched it and it got ME excited. Bruce cuts a great ACDC Highway to Hell. I am glad I watched it. Noticed Tom Morello there too. All done in Perth, where Bon Scott the original ACDC singer came from.....all very cool.
BTW Tom Morello is also known as The Nightwatchman (an alter ego to his work with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave)
See his website here

Category: Music | Views: 705 | Added by: James | Date: 08 February 2014 | Comments (0)

What a fantastic evening we all had at The Sun Inn at Pickering on 7th February 2014. This was Martin Heaton's launch event for his debut album 'The Last Chance'
Julia and I got there a few minutes late but Martin had waited so we didn't miss anything. We were grateful for that and must apologise to those that were there at the right time.

He started at just after 8pm and the music sounded superb!

There were around 50 people there, lots of Martin's fellow singer songwriters, all enjoying the fantastic music. He played the entire album 'The Last Chance', then there was a break for those that wanted to buy the CD and have nibbles, then Martin pl ... Read more »
Category: Music | Views: 956 | Added by: James | Date: 08 February 2014 | Comments (0)

It is an odd thing recently. I am starting to 'see the light' - Now I don't mean I am suddenly going to turn to religion. The problem I find myself in is that there is a potent of something. Maybe it is just the vast expanse of media we have at our disposal but everything I see makes me believe in some pure evil that emanates through the universe.

I am not a depressive personality and I am not going to let it rule my life. The Badger cull, Dolphin and Whale disregard is the last chase saloon. It was only a few years ago that we some testing thousands of nuclear explosions.

Nazis were the worst Humans can get.......let us not see it again.

I turn ... Read more »
Category: Music | Views: 686 | Added by: James | Date: 05 February 2014 | Comments (0)

Well I have completed a singer songwriters website using this template and adapting it. In the process I have entered his music onto 20 music platforms including iTunes and Amazon MP3. Please see the links below for the site and his news article about where to get hold of his new album. I am the administrator of it until I can teach him how to get the hang of updating the pages.

Here is the main page
New Release action and where to purchase his great music

Category: Music | Views: 672 | Added by: James | Date: 23 January 2014 | Comments (0)



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