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Black Cat Bones – Down To The River EP

This EP by Liverpool’s Black Cat Bones is not actually as new as it pretends to be. It was recorded last year and this is a re-release; this edition is being marketed, distributed and managed by the band themselves. I first encountered Black Cat Bones last year when I wandered …

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All Tied Up – Breaking Silence

Milton-Keynes based pop punksters All Tied Up have recently signed to a new label. Stack-in-a-box Records is an new kid on the Indie scene and this 5-track EP is scheduled to be one of their first releases. So what do All Tied Up actually sound like? Well they are pretty …

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SOS Festival X – Prestwich 14-16 July 2017

2017 is the tenth year of SOS Festival, an annual affair organised by the team behind Rocksector Records. They showcase not only their own label acts but also some European bands that you might otherwise not get to see and they also give a platform to a whole host of …

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Reckless Love with The Treatment – Rock City Nottingham 18/11/2016

The problem with gigs at Rock City on a Friday these days is that because they have a club night afterwards they are on an early-finish curfew so they tend to start early too. Reckless Love apparently had doors at 6pm. I don’t know, I was still facing the torture …

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Cats In Space – Manchester Academy 23/09/2016

Cats In Space – a new name to me so I really wasn’t sure what to expect to see. I was thinking probably a bunch of old hippies playing Hawkwind-inspired trippy psychadelia, but as you will see I couldn’t have been more wrong! The evening turned out to be a …

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Last Great Dreamers – Transmissions from Oblivion

Last Great Dreamers are a London-based band that date back to the early 90s, imploded after a couple of years and then reformed in 2014. They consist of Marc Valentine on lead vocals and guitar, Slyder on lead guitar and vocals, Steve Fielding on bass and Denley Slade on drums. …

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Hell’s Gazelles – Hell’s Gazelles EP

Hell’s Gazelles are a young band from Oxford. The members are Cole Bryant -Vocals, Nath Digman- Guitar, Dan Podbery – Bass and Luke Evans -Drums. This EP is their first recorded output. It blasts into your ears with the aural assault of Intro, a 45-second burst of drums and heavy …

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SOS Festival 2017 Announces First Bands

SOS Festival is thrilled to announce the first 9 bands for our 2017 edition, the 10th in our history. Headlining Friday we’re delighted to announce Kill II This. It’s great for us that another Manchester band has the kudos to headline, just as Absolva did us proud on our Friday …

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SOS Festival Day 3 17th July. The Longfield Suite, Prestwich

Sunday openers at SOS Festival were Hells Addiction, another band that have recently come up on my radar under the “one to watch” banner. Catchy classic rock with a big twin guitar sound and some fine vocals in the style of a Gillan or Plant give this band a growing …

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SOS Festival 2016 Day 2 16th July. The Longfield Suite, Prestwich

Saturday dawned hot and sunny for SOS festival day two and I made it back just in time to catch openers Soma Dark who were another thrash band with shouty vocals but also some melody. They powered through a short set that finished with what appeared to be a metal …

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Snake Oil and Harmony Tour 2016 – Live Rooms Chester 20/5/2016

Dan Reed and Danny Vaughn are both pretty much household names in the rock community and had been ships passing in the night in performance terms until a couple of years ago. They knew of each other, they had met, but they weren’t friends and they hadn’t played together. This …

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NLC “Rockin’ For The Children” Festival – The Maze, Nottingham. Day 2 Sun 1st May 2016

Sunday dawned sunny but cold as we all trooped back up the hill for the second day of this fine little festival. The Spangle Corps kicked things off, a young band playing in a sort of punk/rap/rock crossover style. There was a lot of energy and jumping up and down, …

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NLC “Rockin’ For The Children” Festival – The Maze, Nottingham. Day 1 Sat 30th April 2016

Now into its  fifth year the Noize Level Critical Festival has undergone a change of name to “Rockin For The Children”; this is due to organiser David Tonge (aka Big D from the Noize Level Critical radio show) adding a second very worthy charity to raise awareness and funds for. …

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BlackRain – Released

This is the fourth album from France’s BlackRain and it has been produced by Jack Douglas, a name that I’m sure will be familiar to PlanetMosh readers thanks to his work with such rock icons as Aerosmith and Cheap Trick. Due to his input the sound may be a little …

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BlackRain – Rebellion Manchester 18/3/2016

The night was opened by support band Damn Dice, a 5-piece outfit based in London, to a woefully small crowd. After a short intro they went into their first song – I didn’t catch the title but it was quite fast with good harmony vocals and reminded me a bit …

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Ginger Wildheart – Year of The Fanclub

I have to start this review by saying it was actually very hard for me to write. As a massive fan of Mr Wildheart I really wanted to be objective about this – after all if we all liked the same music you’d never argue with your friends or be …

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Rockmantic 4 (Day 2) – The Brickyard Carlisle, Sat 13th Feb 2016

This will be a co-review between myself and PlanetMosh stalwart Louise Swift, who unfortunately couldn’t make the afternoon sessions. Last year’s Rockmantic saw the Saturday afternoon given over to acoustic performances, this year it was the turn of the youngsters. First up we had Black Nevada, a five-piece alt.rock band …

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Def Leppard – ‘Def Leppard’

So after no studio output from Def Leppard since 2008, what does the new self-titled album have to offer? Something for everyone would be the first answer that comes to mind. As a long-time Leppard fan I have always managed to find at least part of their more recent output to satisfy …

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Backyard Babies – Four By Four

They’re back… Backyard Babies – Peder Carlsson, Johan Blomquist, Dregen and Nicke Borg, born same year, same town, Nässjö, southern Sweden – have returned to action after a five-year hiatus. Formed in 1989, and with half a dozen studio albums to their name, the line-up of the band has never …

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