The biggest names in rock and metal descended on London last night for Kerrang! magazine’s annual awards, with British acts flying the flag in the capital by taking home some of the top gongs.
After performing a secret gig at last year's Reading and Leeds festivals rockers Green Day have been confirmed as the final headliners for this year's event.
Sooner or later, every prog-metal band feels the need to record a double-album, and the results invariably expose the paucity of their inspiration.
Extra police are to be deployed to help revellers leave at the end of the Isle of Wight Festival after heavy rains turned the site into a mudbath causing traffic chaos.
Seven countries in 10 days. "Exhausting" sums up following the world's only touring music festival, Sonisphere. So far I've travelled with it from Turkey, up through Eastern Europe, into Croatia and Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. I've clocked up 5,000km on the car, passed through four countries in one day and slept in a Swiss barn. I am on first name terms with border guards and a reluctant expert on Euro motorway cuisine.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was declared a God-like genius at the Shockwave NME awards and dedicated the prize to former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain.
Roger Daltrey plans to give up music to be an artist.
Biffy Clyro are trying to crack America for the second time.
Paul Weller, The xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae all make the 12-strong list.
"There is no such thing as a naked man," says shirtless frontman Simon Neil, as if quoting from some mysterious book of Biffy logic.
Storm Thorgerson, the designer of over 400 album covers, whose iconic artwork plotted the aesthetics of Pink Floyd, talks to Matilda Battersby about his creative journey.
Home-grown success in movie soundtracks is being given a business boost, reports Ian Burrell
The progress of Ayrshire prog-metal trio Biffy Clyro demonstrates again that, outside of the short-term imperatives of Cowellised talent-show pop, the best way for a proper rock band to develop is through faith and persistence, rather than coaching and consultancy. Together since 1995, they've persevered through years of solo gigs and well-chosen support slots, building up a solid fanbase which finally expanded to chart-bothering proportions in 2007 with their fourth album Puzzle. It's an object lesson in self-determination akin to the success of Muse, with whom they share an affection for pungent riffs and quirky lyrical themes. Biffy Clyro favour the kind of abstruse non sequiturs that leave one scratching one's head. But the drift is clear: Only Revolutions is packed with violent imagery – lots of hits, bruises, shots, burns and blood, and even a track titled "Booooom, Blast & Ruin". Elsewhere, big metaphors – God and Satan, mountains and oceans - abound, decked out in suitably grandiose, constantly gear-changing pomp-metal riffs, fattened in some case with fanfaring horns or underscored with strings. The exception is the oddly-titled "Many Of Horror", an understated love song and obvious single-in-waiting; but the standout track is surely "Bubbles", to which a guesting Josh Homme brings a touch of Queens Of The Stone Age.
Chris T-T and Frank Turner combine punk attitudes with the essence of folk
This Scottish duo aim to cram deep ideas into light-hearted pop songs. Is it possible to dance and think at the same time?