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Ant May

I spend half my life at gigs or festivals and the other half writing the reviews and editing photos, and somehow find time for a full time job too. Who needs sleep - I've got coffee.

Teksti-TV 666 – Aidattu Tulevaisuus

Finnish punk band Teksti-TV 666 aim to prove that you can never have too many guitars, so to that end, this seven member band have 5 guitars (on some songs it’s even more at six). That’s a lot of guitars, but does it work? Well yes and no. Having so …

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Epica – Beyond the Matrix – the Battle (feat. Metropole Orkest)

Epica’s latest release is something a bit different (and tha’s an understatement). It started out normal enough – in the summer of 2017 the band won a vote held by the Metropole orkest. This award winning Dutch orchestra were going to record with the winners. Given Epica’s use of orchestras …

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Cauldron and Primitai -The Black Heart, London – 20th September 2018

Thursday night in the heart of Camden and the masses are descending to the Black Heart to see a long promised heavy metal concert and bang their heads with an early start for the weekend. The heavy metal ritual would commence at 8, with UK based Primitai on stage, promising …

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Europe – Institute, Birmingham – 19th September 2018

Tonight’s opening act is Scottish blues rock band King King. They’re a great choice given the bluesy nature of recent Europe albums, and the fact that King King are a great live band. That fact was evident from the fact that the hardcore Europe fans who had been queuing outside …

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HRH CROWS 2018 – Sunday

Stonewire were first to play in the VIP sessions and it was a great start to the day – Sky has a great voice and the acoustic set showed off the gentler side of her vocals whereas the later main stage set showed off the power she’s got in her …

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HRH CROWS 2018 – Saturday

This was the first day of the first HRH Crows – Country Rock, Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock. Held in the O2 Academy in Sheffield there was a fairly diverse lineup to look forward to over the weekend. Before the main event started, there were two bands doing acoustic sets …

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MaYaN – De Helling, Utrecht – 22nd September 2018

For tonight’s album launch show, MaYaN have two suport acts. First up was Carthagods from Tunisia. Despite being Tunisian, they do have one familiar band member – Delain guitarist, Timo Somers. He’s played with them before for some live shows in Tunisia, but this is the first time the band …

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Rolling Stones to release Voodoo Lounge uncut

The Rolling Stones today announced release details of an archive concert film, Voodoo Lounge Uncut. Filmed in Miami on the world tour supporting the Voodoo Lounge album, this restored, remixed and remastered film contains ten previously unreleased performances. Featuring guest appearances from Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray and Bo Diddley, this …

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Amplified festival announce first headliner for 2019

Gloucestershire based AMPLIFIED FESTIVAL makes their first announcement, and it’s a statement of intent as Ohio based Multi-Million selling MUSHROOMHEAD are confirmed to headline the Saturday Main Stage. Formed in 1993 the band is known for their unique sound. A not-so delicate blend of Heavy Metal and Industrial Rock their theatrical imagery features masks …

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Bloodstock announce first 2019 headliner – Sabaton

BLOODSTOCK are excited to announce their first headliner for 2019!  Swedish metal warriors, SABATON will headline Friday 9th August in what will be their only UK show in 2019!   Check out what they had to say about returning to Catton Park’s hallowed turf to headline the festival this time around …

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Evil Scarecrow – Chapter IV Antartarctica

Evil Scarecrow are back with a new album, and rather than making us wait five years like they did with “Galactic Hunt”, they’ve been hard at work and are releasing “Chapter IV Antartarctica” just two years after “Galactic hunt”. With most bands it would be safe to assume that a …

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Within Temptation release first single from new album “Resist”

WITHIN TEMPTATION – legendary leaders of dark anthemic music, with a career spanning two decades – have signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Germany, partnering with Spinefarm Records for North America and the UK. This joining of forces comes ahead of latest album Resist, scheduled for release on December …

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MaYaN – Dhyana

MaYaN are set to release their third album shortly. Founded by Epica guitarist Mark Jansen, this symphonic death metal band is heavier than Epica and as well as having released two great albums, their live shows are always fantastic. It’s more like an ensemble than a traditional band with different …

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Joe Bonamassa – Redemption

Joe Bonamassa is back with a new album, Redemption. This is his thirteenth solo album (plus countless live albums, albums with Beth Hart, Black Country Communion albums, and albums from other side projects. It’s fair to say Joe Bonamassa’s output is prolific, but despite this, he never compromises on quality. …

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Saxon – Thunderbolt (Tour edition)

Back in February this year, Saxon released Thunderbolt, which has proven to be one of their best and most popular albums in recent years. Planetmosh reviewer Dennis Jarman certainly liked it – check out his review here. Now the band have decided to release a “Tour edition” version of the …

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L.A Guns – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 5th September 2018

First up tonight was Stone trigger from Dublin. They’re a great fit for the tour with their sleaze/hard rock sound. Despite being on quite early there’s already a good sized crowd before they start, and It got busier and busier as their set went on. It’s a sign of how …

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Levellers announce 30th Anniversary UK tour 

To celebrate their 30th anniversary, the Levellers have announced the One Way Of Life Tour, a 5 date full electric tour where they will be playing all the of the band’s greatest hits from their illustrious career such as ‘One Way’, ‘Hope Street’, ‘What A Beautiful Day’ and many more. …

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The Bad Flowers release video for new single ‘Who Needs A Soul’

Midlands based hard rock band, The Bad Flowers have today launched their official lyric video to promote their new single ‘Who Needs A Soul’. The single is released on Friday 14th September and coincides with their Planet Rocks Presents co-headline with Federal Charm starting at the Bristol Thekla on Wednesday …

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Blackberry Smoke announce support for November UK tour

Atlanta’s southern rock sons, BLACKBERRY SMOKE have confirmed that THE QUAKER CITY NIGHTHAWKS will be joining them as support on their November UK dates. BLACKBERRY SMOKE‘s frontman Charlie Starr tells us “We are excited to bring The QCNH’s with us on the U.K / European leg of the Find A …

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OPETH unveil ‘Demon of the Fall’ live video from Red Rocks

Swedish progressive metal legends OPETH have revealed another live video taken from their upcoming Moderbolaget Records / Nuclear Blast release, Garden of the Titans: Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater set for release on 2nd November.  Check out the clip for Demon of the Fall here… This historic show in the band’s …

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