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The Answer – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 19 December 2015

Some people would go to any lengths for a great party… and, by this, I don’t just mean those of us who regularly board the Beer Bus for the regular trips to the best little rock club in the country:  no, I mean some of the determined folk who have …

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Tremonti – O2 Academy, Bristol, 15/12/15

It’s staggering how different gigs can be from one night to next. On Sunday, people were still queueing round the corner for The Darkness a full 30-45 minutes after doors opened. Fifteen minutes before entry here and there’s barely fifty in line. Interestingly, it’s much the same audience demographic; from the …

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Ghost, O2 ABC Glasgow, 18/12/15

Deciding to drive into Glasgow city centre on the last Friday night before Christmas probably wasn’t my best idea ever.  As I circled the blocks for what seemed like forever before finally squeezing my tiny car into half a space behind a Ferrari who’s arse of a driver apparently needs …

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Fear Factory – London Forum – 13/12/15

Tonight was a night I was so excited about, Fear Factory celebrating 20 years since the release of Demanufacture. I was 8 years old when this album came out, I was lucky enough to be raised on a diet of copious amounts of metal very early on; as I got …

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Trucker Diablo – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock City – 12 December 2015

It’s two weeks before Christmas, and the dreaded party season is in full swing.  Bars in the centre of Belfast – in common with those in most towns and cities – are filled with what in these parts refer, rather disdainfully, to as “oncers”:  those people who only get out …

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Accept – Forum, London – 7th December 2015

First tonight is British band Hell.  I’ve seen them live several times and they always put on a fantastic show. Since the band was resurrected a few years ago when Andy Sneap teamed up with them, they’ve released two great albums and tonight’s set includes songs from both of those …

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Deep Purple – O2 arena, London – 3rd December 2015

Tonight was a gig I’d been looking forward to for some time – Deep Purple’s only UK date.   As the band that many years ago started my love of rock and metal music I’ve been a fan ever since, and while they aren’t the same live as they were years …

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Orange Goblin, Rescue Rooms Nottingham, 10/12/15

Opening for Orange Goblin tonight were local lads Line of Fire.  Unfortunately as luck would have it, work restraints meant they were playing their final song as I got there. Noticing the lead singer was sporting an Incinery t-shirt I noticed they had also stolen their drummer too. Warming the stage up preceding …

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Fozzy, Rescue Rooms Nottingham, 04/12/15.

Arriving at the Rescue Rooms tonight to see Fozzy I must admit I had never heard of the opening band Sumo Cyco.  Upon hearing lead female vocalist Sever’s powerful vocal and personality however, I instantly liked this band. Disregard any images of a dainty, shy lead vocalist.  This lady has industrial strength balls …

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Dead Daisies, Colour of Noise, Wild Lies – Rescue Rooms Nottingham, 6/12/15.

For those unfamiliar to Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms I should point out that the venue is a smaller scale Rock City. On a Sunday school night the crowd for the opening band Wild Lies was quite small.  Unaffected by the lack of audience, the London rockers tried their very best to bait …

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The Jack Tars – Club Academy, Manchester: 3rd December 2015

On a wet and breezy day at the beginning of December a pirate ship bearing the Jolly Roger insignia sailed up Oxford Road and deposited The Captain (Sensible of The Damned) and his crew of brigands, Slim Jim Phantom (of Stray Cats), Chris Cheney (of The Living End) and Mike …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses 2016 Belfast launch – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 5 December 2015

And so it is almost upon us again… the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, with it’s reward being the much coveted and desired chance to play the New Blood stage at Britain’s favourite bespoke metalfest alongside the likes of Slayer, Mastodon, Twisted Sister, Venom and a host of …

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Apocalyptica – O2 Academy, Bristol, 29/11/15

‘Oh the weather outside is frightful…’ Alright, so we might only be three days into December, but the opening line from ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow’ is pretty damn apt this evening in Bristol. The wind and the rain has been disruptive for the whole day, …

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Doro – Garage, London – 22nd November 2015

First up were Archer – a metal band from Santa Cruz, California.  This three piece had plenty of enthusiasm but to be brutally honest I found them dull and mediocre with nothing at all to make them stand out from the sort of bands you can see playing gigs in …

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Slayer, Anthrax, Kvelertak – 02 Academy, Birmingham – 27/11/2015

With a society very much stuck in the epic nature of the now, tonight’s Slayer/Anthrax/Kvelertak show has been labelled as the metal event of the year by many. In a 2015 where we have already been blessed with a Slipknot/Korn tour, a Megadeth/Lamb Of God Tour and a host of …

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Mondo Generator – Belfast, Voodoo – 25 November 2015

When Nick Oliveri left the stage of this very venue a little more than four months ago, he confidently predicted that the next time he appeared in Belfast it would be with Mondo Generator… little did most of those present realize that the touring schedule was already locked in and the …

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Ceaseless Blight – Belfast, The Bar With No Name – 20 November 2015

Sometimes, you really should do your homework before going to a gig!  On this occasion, I was familiar with three of the five acts beforehand, and was particularly looking forward to seeing the two heavy acts bookending the bill – especially as one was unveiling a new line up and …

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Clutch – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 21 November 2015

With many of their US counterparts cancelling, postponing or cutting short their European tours in the wake of the atrocities in Paris earlier this month and the subsequent security concerns across much of Europe – just hours before the doors opened this evening, Brussels went into a state of lock …

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Nightwish – Heineken music hall, Amsterdam – 19th November 2015

I arrived at the venue for tonight’s show to find a huge queue despite the doors having opened some time ago.  The reason soon became apparent – coming not long after the tragic events in Paris, security had been stepped up for tonight’s show with everyone being thoroughly frisked and …

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Periphery – Koko – London – 19/11/15

It’s a freezing cold afternoon in November which reflects the darkness falling across the metal community currently with the horrific tragedy and loss, with recent events weighing heavily on our hearts.  I know a lot of us are still anxious about going to gigs and I applaud the venue staff …

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