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Headless Kross – Belfast, Voodoo – 30 July 2016

For Glaswegian doom mongers Headless Kross, their annual trips to the island of Ireland have become something of a pilgrimage. This evening their latest visit is well-rewarded, as, despite the gig’s early hour, Voodoo’s intimate upstairs club is rammed almost to capacity with those who enjoy their rock at the …

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Rabid Bitch Of The North/Risen Prophecy – Belfast, Voodoo – 28 July 2016

The first leg of the ‘Rabies Is Rising’ tour, featuring Northern Ireland’s Rabid Bitch Of The North and Sunderland classic metallers Risen Prophecy, had battered its way through Scotland and the north of England at the beginning of the month. Now, as July prepares to fade into oblivion, the English …

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Hey! Hello! – Steelhouse Festival – 24 July 2016

PlanetMosh caught up with The Rev and Toshi backstage at this past weekend’s Steelhouse festival to get all the latest buzzness (sic) from the Hey! Hello! camp, including the inside scoop on the re-recording of their ‘Hey! Hello! Too!’ album, following the spectacular walkout of their then lead vocalist on …

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Toseland – Steelhouse Festival – 24 July 2016

PlanetMosh caught up motorcycling champion-turned-rock singer James Toseland following his performance at this past weekend’s Steelhouse Festival to chat about the latest events in his musical career – including his playing a certain PM interviewer’s recent 50th birthday party (which, of course, he strategically tried to gloss over…):

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Steelhouse Festival – Hafod-y-Dafal, Ebbw Vale – 24 July 2016

The second day of Steelhouse dawned with an incessant mizzle in the air.  Not the sort of torrential downpour which had turned the mountain top site into a quagmire last year, but a constant enough drizzle to make itself known it was there, and at times annoying in its persistence. …

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Vega (Nick Workman) – Steelhouse Festival – 23 July 2016

PlanetMosh caught up with Vega frontman Nick Workman following the band’s performance at this past weekend’s Steelhouse festival to talk about music and various other assorted things… Ah, just click the ‘Play’ arrow thingy to find out for yourselves…

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Steelhouse Festival – Hafod-y-Dafal, Ebbw Vale – 23 July 2016

The weather can invariably play an important role in the enjoyment of a festival – just look at the experiences of many at this year’s Drownload!  The first day of last year’s Steelhouse had been preceded by one of torrential rain, meaning that the mountain top site was already a …

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Blackfoot – ‘Southern Native’

To be brutally honest, as I sit down to write this review, I am struggling to know where to begin…after all, Blackfoot is one of the bands who, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, turned me on to the energy of loud rock ‘n’ roll.  They also were the …

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The Dead Daisies – Limelight 1, Belfast – 21 July 2016

It’s not every day that you see history made, but tonight it happened.  While it may not have been a record-breaking number of appearances at the venue, The Dead Daisies bassist Marco Mendoza became the first artist to take to this hallowed stage on four separate occasions with four different …

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Sinocence – 15 Years Of Banging Heads

Things have changed a lot on the Northern Ireland heavy metal scene over the last 15 years or so.  At the tail end of the 1990s, the musical landscape was a lot different than it is today.  Local metallians often had to wait for the occasional big name touring band …

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Van Zant – ‘Red White & Blue (Live)’

The name Van Zant is synonymous with the development of American southern rock.  The oldest of three brothers who make up what has been described as the south’s “first family” was, of course, the late Ronnie Van Zant, frontman of the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd – the band who singularly put …

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Blues Pills – ‘Lady In Gold’

The self-titled debut album by psyched-out retro blues rockers Blues Pills understandably made a huge impact on its release two years ago.  Not only was it one of the few albums of its kind to genuinely coalesce all its constituent elements into a strong, powerful and cohesive manner which did …

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The Dead Daisies – Marco Mendoza – PlanetMosh Exclusive

Hard rock super group The Dead Daisies are preparing to release their third album, ‘Make Some Noise’.  Before that, they return to the UK and Ireland for some live action, starting in Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday 20 July) with a combination of four headline shows and three festival appearances over the …

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Raging Speedhorn – ‘Lost Ritual’

It could be argued that, for a while, Raging Speedhorn could have been regarded as one of the “also rans” of the heavy metal scene.  Breaking ground with their use of two vocalists – a combination extremely hard to work effectively effectively, especially in the hardcore subgenre – the band …

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Vivaldi Metal Project – ‘The Four Seasons’

If nothing else, Italian keyboard player Mistheria – real name Giuseppe Iampieri, who has included collaborations with the likes of Bruce Dickinson and Rob Rock in an 18-year career that has also seen him release a series of movie soundtrack-based albums – possesses a sense of the ambitious and the …

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Four By Fate – ‘Relentless’

It’s hard, if not downright impossible, to fault the musical pedigree of the group of musicians who, over the past couple of years, have come together to create the entity that is known as Four By Fate.  Between them, they have played with a list of bands that you’d probably …

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Bella D – ‘The Crystal Ceiling’

Life is inevitable in its conclusion. No matter how we battle against it, it has only one end result.  It is how we meet that end that matters.  Do we go gently into the night?  Or do we face up to the light and ultimately face our fate with dignity …

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Buffalo Summer to ‘warm up’ Steelhouse revellers

Buffalo Summer will headline the Steelhouse Festival‘s warm up show, which takes place on Friday 22 July. They will be joined by Those Damn Crows and the winners of a Battle Of The Bands being held at Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff on Sunday 3 July.  Admission to the warm …

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Tremonti – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 14 June 2016

Gigs staged in the shadow of a festival often can be hit and miss affairs.  And with a lot of the Northern Ireland metallians returning from D(r)ownload turning left virtually as soon as they docked and heading straight down the motorway to Dublin for Slayer and Anthrax, you could have …

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