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Ensiferum / Metsatöll – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 21 February 2016

“And lo, the [heathen] hordes from the East did descend up the city at the mouth of the river called the Farset… and they did lay waste onto the same with their furious vengeance and the spilling of much ancestral blood.” OK, forgive the pastiche of sub-Biblical phraseology, but it …

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Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland – Heat Two Overview

The first heat of the 2016 round of the Metal 2 The Masses competition’s Northern Ireland leg was so tight it squeaked.  Just four points separated all four bands.  It couldn’t have been any closer.  Well, that’s what we thought until the second heat, when, at the end of the …

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City and Colour – Albert Hall, Manchester – Saturday, 20th February 2016

City and Colour are currently on tour across the UK and Ireland, part of which included the sold-out Manchester show on Saturday 20th February at the iconic Albert Hall with special guest, Lucy Rose. The latest tour comes in support of their latest studio album, If I Should Go Before …

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Kataklysm and Septicflesh – Audio, Glasgow – 16/2/16

Kataklysm, SepticFlesh and Aborted on one tour, sharing the same stage seems to be a perfect combination. Under the “Of the Ghosts and Gods Tour” flag, this team is invading Europe and the Glasgow gig happened just a few days ago. Glasgow welcomed the bands with cold, rainy weather and …

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The Distortion Project – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 13 February 2016

It started back on the cusp of the millennium, in the pub next door, when a group of like-minded friends came together and decided to put on a few metal shows of a Saturday afternoon.  Fifteen years later, those ‘RocKD’ sessions (they take their name from that of the bar, …

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Rockmantic 4 (Day 1), The Brickyard, Carlisle – 12th February 2016

Rockmantic now in it’s fouth year is an annual mini festival, hosted around Valentine’s Day (hence the name) by Raz White. It might be the fourth event but this was my third Rockmantic as I missed Rockmantic 2. Valentine’s Day 2016 fell on on a Sunday so this year’s event …

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Evil Scarecrow – Nottingham Rock City – 30th January 2016

Nottingham Rock City is the local mecca for bands, and headlining the mainstage of this iconic venue is a dream show for any midlands band. Evil Scarecrow have been building a local following for a number of years now with their off the wall stage show, and Planetmosh went along …

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Helloween – Forum, London – 3rd February 2016

First up were Crimes of Passion, or COP UK as they introduced themselves (apparently at the request of their label when they got signed).  I hadn’t had chance to check these guys out before the show, so wasn’t sure what to expect.  Opening bands can be a bit of a …

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The Temperance Movement – The Forum, London – 27 January 2016

At a time when the world seems rather saturated with bands and musicians who are trying to make something of themselves but get kicked back at almost every turn, it is a genuinely wonderful experience to see a band of accomplished musicians finally making a name for themselves. Getting the …

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Soulfly – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 3 February 2016

Max Cavalera certainly believes in keeping it in the family.  Or maybe it’s a case of keep your friends close but your family closer.  Whatever it may be, the last couple of Soulfly tours have gone out under the ‘Maximum Cavalera’ banner, with bands featuring both his sons and his …

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The Pat McManus Band – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 30 January 2016

Pat McManus gigs are always special.  So much so that many people go that extra little bit further to sit at the feet of the man affectionately known for a little more three decades now as ‘The Professor’ and bask in his talent.  On this occasion, your PlanetMosh team thought …

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Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland – Heat One Overview

It’s funny how little phrases stick with you… I remember spending many early Saturday evenings in my youth sat in front of my grandmother’s television, watching a bunch of grown men and women, who really should have known better, running round huge inflatable obstacle courses while other, invariably bigger, grown …

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The Winery Dogs – Forum, London – 31st January 2016

Tonight’s gig was originally due to be at Shepherds Bush Empire, but with major roof repairs there taking longer than expected it was moved to the larger Forum. By the time the opening act came on, the venue was pretty much full, so a great turnout. First up were British …

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The Cadillac Three, The Garage Glasgow, 30/01/16

Saturday night saw the arrival of the Night Life Religion tour, with Whiskey Myers and The Cadillac Three bringing a taste of the South to a freezing cold Glasgow.  I had the opportunity to chat to Whiskey Myers’ lead singer Cody Cannon before the show and you can listen to …

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FM, Clitheroe Grand Theatre 26 January 2016

Former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden had tonight’s support slot, he will also be opening up for FM in York, Stockton-on-Tees and Oxford. Other bands on the tour so far have included Romeo’s Daughter and The King Lot, with No Hot Ashes chosen for Sheffield. This was a simple acoustic set …

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Motionless In White – The Underworld London – 23/01/16

It’s another cold day in Camden but there is already a queue of fans around the block eagerly anticipating tonight’s Motionless In White show. Especially as it was due to originally take place at the end of last year; the tour was originally postponed in light of the tragic events …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Heat Two, 23/01/2016 – summary & interviews

With the buzz from last weekend’s electrifying night still raising hairs on the back of the neck, we descend on Fibber Magees for the second heat of Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Ireland. Tonight’s showcase features (once again) 5 acts from different ends of the metallic spectrum who are all …

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