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Zlatanera – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 27 February 2016

It always amazes me how certain social media channels are always filled with whinging, so called “rock fans” who complain that there are never any gigs on… I don’t know what sort of cloud cuckoo land they live in, because this, the official launch of Zlatanera‘s debut album, ‘Legerdemain‘, was …

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Exodus / Lost Society – Belfast, Limelight 2, 29 February 2016

It may have been just a relatively short six years since thrash legends Exodus last graced this very stage, but it has been a lot longer since the Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza fronted  incarnation was last in these parts… almost 27 years and 1989’s ‘Fabulous Disaster’ tour.  In fact, not one single member …

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Theory of a Deadman, O2 ABC Glasgow, 28/2/16

Arriving at the O2 ABC just before 6pm on Sunday for an interview with bass player Dean Back, I couldn’t help but notice that over an hour before doors there was already a queue forming down the street.  Theory of a Deadman fans are nothing if not keen.  You can …

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Wednesday 13 – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 26th February 2016

Tonight’s show was part of Wednesday 13’s acoustic tour.  Billed as “An evening with..” There is no support act, and instead fans get a two hour show from Wednesday 13.  It’s more than a straightforward acoustic gig though as rather than just playing songs, there is far more to it …

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Rockmantic 4 (Day 2) – The Brickyard Carlisle, Sat 13th Feb 2016

This will be a co-review between myself and PlanetMosh stalwart Louise Swift, who unfortunately couldn’t make the afternoon sessions. Last year’s Rockmantic saw the Saturday afternoon given over to acoustic performances, this year it was the turn of the youngsters. First up we had Black Nevada, a five-piece alt.rock band …

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Wilson – Broadcast, Glasgow, 26/2/16.

It’s just short of a year since Wilson played their first Scottish gigs as support for Halestorm.  Back then they played the legendary Barrowland Ballroom, so tonight’s gig at Broadcast was definitely a change of scenery.  The basement venue, underneath the street level bar, is a tiny hobbit hole of …

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Valorent / St. Hellfire / Thieves Of Ennui / Matty James – Hagues Bar, Lisburn – 25/02/2016

You know what they say, home is where the heart is; or in this case, home is where the music is. For me it has been a couple of years since I last entered the chess floorboard Hagues Bar situated in the centre of my home of Lisburn, Northern Ireland. …

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Thunder – Wembley arena, London – 20th February 2016

Tonight’s gig saw Thunder playing Wembley Arena in London.  On arriving it was clear the gig wasn’t sold out as the back part of the arena was curtained off, but I’d estimate around 7000 as the attendance which is more than enough to justify playing a venue of this size …

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Inglorious – Islington Assembly Hall, London – 21/02/16

Tucked away in the corner of stage left, guitar duo Curran sought to warm up the London crowd ahead of tonight’s headliners Inglorious, but despite the best efforts of Mark Curran, they struggle to motivate the apathetic crowd. Armed with the simplicity of acoustic guitars, they played some well written …

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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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