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Epica – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 3rd February 2017

Tonight’s show is the penultimate date on the current Epica European tour.  It’s a co-headline tour with Powerwolf, with Powerwolf closing some shows and Epica closing others.  In London it’s Epica who is top of the bill which makes sense as they have a bigger fanbase here than Powerwolf (Epica …

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Metal 2 the Masses Bristol: Heat 1, 09/02/2017

Just as the Royal Rumble kickstarts the road to Wrestlemania, so Metal 2 the Masses begins the journey to Bloodstock. A microscopic Eurovision Song Contest of sorts, the competition to perform on the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Open Air has given exposure to some of the country’s hottest underground …

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Anthrax – O2 Institute, Birmingham – 9th February 2017

Tonight was the first night of Anthrax’s UK “Among the kings” tour.  The tour features Anthrax playing two sets, one of which is them playing the entire “Among the living” album in full and in order, with the other set being voted on by fans online. Before Anthrax though it …

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Evil Scarecrow – Thekla, Bristol, 04/02/17

It doesn’t matter how many times you attend, there’s something special about watching a gig in the belly of a boat. Bristol’s Thekla is one of the city’s most renowned venues and anticipation is high; it’s the last night of the headliner’s tour and sold out to boot. As the …

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Black Peaks – Moles, Bath, 03/02/17

So goes the age-old joke: “I wonder what it would be like to live in Bath…” “Well, probably rather wet.” Thing is, the city lives up to its name tonight as the South West is caught up in a sharp, heavy shower that leaves everything soggier than your favourite digestive when …

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Nashville Pussy – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 26th January 2017

First up on tonight’s varied bill was Long John and the killer blues collective.  As the name suggests, they’re a Blues act, and I have to say they’re a damn good one.  They’ve got good strong tunes and great vocals, so it’s a really good start to the night. Next …

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Glenn Hughes – Robin 2, Bilston – 23rd January 2017

Tonight’s gig is somewhat of a local affair.  Glenn Hughes may live in California these days but he was born just a couple of miles up the road in Cannock.  Supporting him tonight (and on the rest of his UK and European dates) is another local act, Stone Broken. I’ve …

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Rival Sons – Limelight Belfast 21/01/17

Rival Sons’ Belfast debut comes eight years into their career. Playing their own headline shows in between support slots with Black Sabbath, tonight it’s Belfast’s turn. Its an early show with no support, presumably for logistical reasons as they are due in Manchester the following day. The venue is a …

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Meshuggah – O2 Academy, Bristol, 12/01/2017

Colder than a polar bear’s backside, the threat of snow overnight and more than a little bit damp – it can only be UK gigs in January. It’s the first concert of the year for Bristol’s O2 Academy, the first date of the headliner’s UK tour and whilst it’s not …

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Clutch – Great Hall, Cardiff, 17/12/2016

Away from the German market, the temporary ice rink and the giant ferris wheel, the queue outside Cardiff University’s Great Hall snakes around the corner without a hint of Christmas in sight apart from the odd heavy metal ugly sweater – oh, and the brass band who are successfully irritating …

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Love Zombies – Water Rats, London – 7th December 2016

This was a busy night for gigs in London – there were 4 in total I wanted to be at, but sadly its not possible to attend them all, but due to the different stage times I was able to attend a gig in soho before racing across London to …

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Delain – Paradiso, Amsterdam – 10th December 2016

Tonight’s show was a special show from Delain to mark 10 years as a band.  The setting for the show was the beautiful and legendary Paradiso venue in the heart of Amsterdam.  An old church it’s a great venue with two balconies and raised areas near the bar which mean …

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Airbourne – O2 Ritz, Manchester: 26th November 2016

On a frosty winter’s day in Manchester, three bands from three different continents Europe, North America and Australia descended upon the O2 Ritz for a sell-out show. First up at 6:20 pm, and a little too early for many revellers, came ‘all girl garage group’ The Franklys, although they’re based …

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Black Stone Cherry – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 5th December 2016

Tonight was my first time at Shepherds Bush Empire since it recently reopened following its year-long closure for major repairs.  The occasion was Black Stone Cherry doing a special tour. Rather than having a support act they chose to play two sets, one acoustic and one electric, which sounded like …

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King King at Chester Live Rooms. November 26th

There are some nights that might fall a bit flat due to the anticipation they are afforded. Not a chance of that though when either King King or Broken Witt Rebels are in town. Get both on the same bill and what results is musical dynamite. Both bands quite simply …

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Airbourne – O2 Institute, Birmingham – 21st November 2016

Tonight’s lineup looked pretty damn good – Airbourne with support from Crobot.  It then got better with the addition of The Franklys, a band I hadn’t seen live before, but I’ve heard the EP and really like it, so I was looking forward to all three bands on the bill.  …

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Lordi, London Islington Academy, 20/11/16

Any of you who have seen Lordi in concert before know that you are in for a show full of theatrics and riffs to challenge hell itself and last night didn’t disappoint in the slightest…. The lights were dimmed, background music cut out and attention of the crowd was drawn …

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