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Robin Trower – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 11th April 2015

First tonight was Joanne Shaw Taylor, a performer who has headlined this venue herself just a few months ago, but tonight is supporting the legendary Robin Trower.  As a result she has a shorter set than usual and so the set contains less from her new album than normal and …

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U.D.O – Academy 2, Sheffield – 2nd April 2015

Tonight’s gig was the start of the first UK tour for U.D.O in many years – in fact I can’t even remember when they last came to the UK.  Happily though former Accept vocalist Udo Dirkschneider has managed to bring his band to the UK, and he’s brought a couple …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat Four – Belfast, Limelight 2 04//04/2015

When the line-up for this, the fourth of the five opening heats in the first ever Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held in li’l ol’ Norn Iron was announced, it was generally considered that it would be by far the tightest yet… and so it proves to …

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Lordi – The Classic Grand, Glasgow – 27/03/2015

Friday night and Finnish monsters Lordi are in town. There were several reasons to go to this gig. One of them – curiosity. I admit, that was my reason, too. Who else if not them will definitely promise the hell of the show and pleasure for your eyes, in combination …

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Metal 2 The Masses Ireland – Heat 6, 27/03/2015 – Summary & Interviews

Saturday night brought to a close this year’s first round of heats at the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses franchise in Ireland. It was an interesting evening that had a few line up changes in the preceding week with replacement band Minor Glitch (ironically) withdrawing the day before.  This left …

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Cadaver Club – Enniskillen, Charlie’s Bar 27/03/2015

This past Friday evening, Cadaver Club returned to their old haunting ground of Enniskillen to reacquaint the locals with their unique brand of funeral punk.  They were joined on this occasion by Attack The Day and Phil ‘Philthy’ Cassidy who coincidently was performing double duty on the night. The venue lights dim …

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Sinocence – Belfast, Limelight 2 28/03/2014

For any artist, the launch of a new work is a special occasion.  For Norn Iron’s premier heavyweights, Sinocence, the unveiling of their new EP – the second instalment in their ‘No Gods, No Masters’ triptych – called for that something a little extra special.  And so the band assembled …

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Of Mice and Men – O2 Academy Bristol, 27/03/15

Music is subjective to an individual’s taste – nobody is going to like every single genre or artist that’s ever existed. What’s most frustrating, however, is those who associate a band or artist with a particular style, image or fan demographic and immediately discredit them as substandard and not ‘worthy’ of …

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Rival Sons, O2 Academy Glasgow, 30/3/15

Last night Rival Sons returned to Glasgow, only three months after their last gig here.  Back in December they played to a full O2 ABC, and this time around they made the step up to the bigger O2 Academy.  It was a typical miserable day, freezing wind, torrential rain and …

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Ensiferum – Islington Academy, London – 24th March 2015

Normally when you have a midweek gig in London, the first band plays to a half empty venue, but when the doors are an hour earlier than usual then its usually an almost completely empty venue, so it was a surprise tonight to arrive at the venue to find a …

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Blazefest V – Belfast, Empire Music Hall 21/03/2015

The rock and metal community, perhaps more than any other in the field of music, always has been known for its generosity of spirit and support for worthy causes.  For the community in Northern Ireland, few are more special or better supported than Blaze’s Appeal, which raises funds for the …

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Furyon – Glasgow, Audio 24/03/2015

After being given the opportunity to review Furyon‘s awesome second album, I was over the moon when they announced Glasgow was one of the stops on the UK tour to promote it. I have to admit to being very worried about a Tuesday night in Glasgow too, for all Audio …

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Ian Siegal – Jazz Cafe, London – 28th March 2015

The support act tonight was Niall Kelly and his band.  Nially Kelly plays guitar and sings and is backed by his wife on violin and vocals plus a guitarist, bassist and drummer.  By the time they start, not long after the doors open, the venue is already fairly busy and …

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Amaranthe – Nottingham Rescue Rooms – 21st March 2014

Situated off the beaten track, the courtyard outside the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham is certainly one of the few places I don’t mind queueing to get into a show. With a few benches, umbrellas with patio heaters and the public bar everything adds up for a relaxed atmosphere leading up …

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Angel Witch – Belfast, Limelight 2 14/03/2015

On a freezing cold Mother’s Day this hard rocking mama took a little time out from her family celebrations to head out and catch a few bands – led by NWOBHM legends Angel Witch, fresh from their appearance just across the Irish Sea at Hammerfest just two days earlier and …

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Vader – Audio, Glasgow – 19/03/2015

Tuesday, the 19 of March at Audio club in Glasgow seemed to be Polish metalhead invasion checkpoint – both on stage and in the audience. Under the ‘Blitz! Europe In Fire 2015 Tour’ flag Vader, together with Hate and Shredhead are going through the Europe and brought solid and neck …

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Bad Touch – Sheffield Corporation, 21st March 2015

I saw Bad Touch about eighteen months ago when they supported The Quireboys at Club Academy, Manchester (reviewed here). They have been out on tour supporting The Answer on their ‘Raise A Little Hell Tour’ and I caught the gig at Sheffield Corporation last night. Mark Ashby for PlanetMosh reviewed …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor 14/01/2015

The third day of Hard Rock Hell dawned just as the previous one had for Team PM – early, cold and with an early trip down to the sports hall which this weekend was serving as the cavernous media sanctuary for another busy round of interviews.  Unfortunately, scheduling of the latter meant …

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