Rob Thompson

Hello and thanks for taking the time to read my bio. I’m Rob Thompson and I used to be about the size of a baby in 1970. Over the years I grew very, very slowly in Wallsend, a town in the North East of England, now I’m roughly as big as a man.

During this time I was a stone’s throw away from the legendary Neat Records were I saw many of great metal bands of the time cutting some vinyl: Venom, RavenBlitzkrieg and Jaguar, all of who are acknowledged as major influences on a host of major American thrash metal bands such as MetallicaMegadeth and Anthrax.

Inevitably gigs followed, my first being Venom, Exodus and Chariot at Newcastle City Hall on 03 October 1985. Then Metallica (including Cliff) at Newcastle Mayfair, Slayer on their Reign in Blood tour and many, many more. In fact, that particular Slayer gig was so vicious and brutal that I needed several years off metal to recover.

I subsequently started to listen to bands like Ultravox, New Order and Kraftwerk: this was my electronic phase, which then evolved into my New Wave period and which lots of other genres followed (obviously I draw the line at Country and Western or R&B). I don’t know everything there is to know about music but after attending hundreds of gigs and spending countless hours listening to tunes I think I know enough to at least give a semi-informed opinion on what sounds reasonable and what would induce your ears to vomit. I’ve always enjoyed writing so linking my love of music together with this seemed like a logical thing to do. I’m grateful to the Echoes team for allowing me to join their squad. Now, stop reading and get listening!

Articles by Rob Thompson

Iron Void – Doomsday

What’s more festive than a massive slice of doom? – By Rob Thompson

Kylesa – Exhausting Fire

So in summary I couldn’t help feeling slightly underwhelmed. I wonder if this would have been better if the five strongest tracks had been released as an EP? Maybe? It doesn’t pack much of a punch and it was more like Exhausted Fire as opposed to ‘Exhausting Fire’. Lets hope they can regroup and fan the spark with their next album without burning themselves out entirely. – By Rob Thompson

Iron Kingdom – Ride For Glory

Hail a long forgotten sound, with crash of steel and bass drum pound! – By Rob Thompson

Helloween – My God-Given Right

Full speed ahead into Helloween’s 30th anniversary year! – By Rob Thompson

Black Talon – Endless Realities

Recommended for fans of head banging and people who like to wear neck braces. – By Rob Thompson

Mirror Queen – Scaffolds of the Sky

A contemporary collection of tight well played tunes that manage to carry the listener across many musical landscapes. – By Rob Thompson

Tygers Of Pan Tang – Tygers Sessions: The First Wave

Tygers Of Pan Tang re-record 11 NWOBHM classics: an essential purchase. – By Rob Thompson

Trial – Vessel

With ‘Vessel’, Trial have released their best retro-metal album to date. – By Rob Thompson

Space Vacation – Cosmic Vanguard

Cosmic Vanguard is dripping with melodic old school metal of the finest vintage as hook after hook of powerful melodies and shredding guitar delight the ears. – By Rob Thompson

Orange Goblin – Back From The Abyss

Back From The Abyss is yet another terrific album from Orange Goblin. Each of the tracks puts out a clear invitation to bang you head, pump your fists in the air, slurp beer and make a general nuisance of yourself. – By Rob Thompson

Wolf – Devil Seed

Wolf are back with an album which would be a crime against metal to ignore. – By Rob Thompson

Accept – Blind Rage

With Blind Rage Accept are more than acceptable, they’re damn good. – By Rob Thompson

Karma To Burn – Arch Stantion

Karma To Burn are back with one of the best bong rattling ass kicking instrumental records of 2014. – By Rob Thompson

Interview: Julien of Colossus of Destiny

Rob Thompson asked guitarist Julien of French sludgecore band Colossus of Destiny some questions regarding their latest release In Lesser Brightness.

Moab – Billow

Like Baroness bludgeoning High on Fire into submission down a dark back alley. – By Rob Thompson

Kaine – The Waystone

If you love traditional English metal then you’ll love Kaine’s The Waystone. – By Rob Thompson

Uriah Heep – Outsider

Heep are back with a hard rocking classic sound. – By Rob Thompson

Colossus of Destiny – In Lesser Brightness

Colossus Of Destiny: a band on the verge of making it big. – By Rob Thompson

Amoral – Fallen Leaves & Dead Sparrows

Packed full of creativity and talent, the fact that so many genres are present makes this a demanding album. – By Rob Thompson

Avi Rosenfeld – Very Heepy Very Purple

Avi Rosenfeld has taken classic rock and multiplied it by itself. – By Rob Thompson

High Spirits – You Are Here

The abundant, inviting melody is balanced by raw heavy metal energy. – By Rob Thompson

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