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Kobra & the Lotus, Praying Mantis and Triaxis at the Barfly 26.06.2011

A very hot Sunday afternoon in Camden whilst still recovering from the previous nights indulgences and I am about to watch three bands that I personally think made up a fantastic triple bill. First act of the night hailing from South Wales are the excellent female fronted five piece Triaxis, …

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Anvil – Nottingham Rescue Rooms, 25/06/2011

Written by Dennis Jarman , photos by Sean Larkin Hot on the heels of a sold out Canadian tour and the release of their stunning new album Juggernaut Of Justice,the mighty Anvil returned to the UK last week.I caught their show in Manchester last Wednesday and it was their best …

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Achren, The Classic Grand, Glasgow 24/06/2011 (GIG)

This was Achren only local gig before the guys head off and tear up Metalcamp and Wacken, then back to Blighty for Bloodstock over the next few months so we decided to go see the guys before they headed off on their European travels. We arrived at the CG and …

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L.A Guns, The Classic Grand, Glasgow 21/06/2011 (GIG)

After a slight line up change, opening tonight’s gig where local lads, Tragic City Thieves. I had heard of them however never seen them live and the guys did a great set. Def worth checking out, especially if you like the Glam meets Deathpunk style music. Next up were Venrez …

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Kampfar – The Underworld, Camden – 31/5/2011

Having just met Dolk and Thomas in their rather black shiny tourbus for an interview. I must admit I was a bit taken aback as the lights dimmed and the band prowled on to the stage. These calm, well spoken, cheery lads I had spent half an hour or so …

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Heavens Basement – Central Station, Wrexham 15/05/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Central Station presenting Heavens Basement Opening up tonight’s proceedings are up and coming Chester whippersnappers Violent Karma. Playing an indie fused rock edged set, these youngsters put on a spirited performance with a great seemingly virtuoso performance by guitarist Retro Johannson. Highlight of the set: Creature of Fire …

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Blood Red Throne – The Liverpool Masque 03/05/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presenting Blood Red Throne Opening up tonight’s proceedings London based metalers Oblivionized. Obliterating the arriving crowd with a heavy, almost industrial brand of Technical Death Grind. With vocalist Zac Broughton seeming to grow in stature with each guttural blistering song, Oblivionized start tonight’s proceedings off with …

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Black Stone Cherry at Apollo 23/Rock Radio 96.3: Glasgow 26/05/11

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry recently graced the shores of the UK to promote the latest album ‘Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea’. The band played secret acoustic shows courtesy of Rock Radio, I was lucky enough to catch them up at the Glasgow session, held at the …

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ATTICA RAGE – D’MELTING POT CHESTER 20/05/11 (GIG)

This triple bill showcased the launch of the Hard Rock Hell Chester Chapter’s planned monthly gig nights and first up were North Wales based 4-piece Zebedy who powered through a 5 song set with buckets of enthusiasm and obvious talent as well with tracks like ‘The Fallen’ and set closer …

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AC/DC HAMMERSMITH LONDON 06/05/11 (GIG)

There aren’t many Rock bands in the world that can stage a World Premiere DVD launch with no promise of a live set and get away with it but not only do AC/DC do that but they still manage to command a 2000 strong crowd outside to cheer them into …

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Delain – Cathouse Glasgow – 01/05/2011 (Gig)

Female fronted Dutch symphonic rockers ‘Delain’ delivered a powerful performance Glasgows’ iconic venue, The Cathouse. Compared to Within Temptation and Lacuna Coil, Delain are one of the newest talents to emerge into the symphonic music scene and do well with the mixture of classical vocals contrasting with heavy guitar riffs …

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Rock For Funds – Ivory Blacks Glasgow – 01/05/2011 (Gig)

Rock For Funds was set up to raise much needed funds for Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Foundation. There were 2 different venues being used Pivo Pivo and Ivory Blacks. The main event featuring 12 bands was at Ivory Blacks hosted by Rock Radio’s Father Ted. For further information regarding the event …

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Ginger – Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff – 02/05/2011 (Gig)

Ginger Live At Clwb Ifor Bach Cardiff Jackdaw 4  Jackdaw 4 is a pop rock but for this tour it’s only Willie Dowling and John Steel as it’s an acoustic tour. Saying that, due to both being full of the lurg, they have brought in Givvi Flynn for the …

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15 Times Dead – Ivory Blacks Glasgow – 30/04/2011 (Gig)

15 Times Dead along with Dirty Rose should have been supporting Blaze Bayley tonight however since Blaze postponed the tour both bands went ahead and arranged the gig instead of letting their fans down. The night started off with a local cover band Jamie Barnes and Cochise. Unfortunately we missed …

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Extreme Overload Part II – Milkwood Jam Swansea – 30/04/2011 (Gig)

Extreme Overload Part II This is only the second time I’ve been to this venue since it changed from an illegal all night drinking club (before they had 24 hour licences). It’s fairly small but it has a good PA system. They are usually known for their blues and open …

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Winterfylleth Live – The Liverpool Masque – 12/04/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Winterfylleth. Having the unenviable task of opening up tonight’s proceedings are Huddersfield based black metalers Sanhedrin. Fresh from the launch of their debut album Salvation Under Sin (available from their website), they set about playing a dark, symphonic inspired set which was well received by …

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Aeon – Brixton Mass – 25/04/2011 (Gig)

After chatting to the lads prior to their set and finding out Tommy, the vocalist had not long been to the doctor with some form of polyps on his vocal chords, that were causing him horrible pain, I wasnt expecting the best of performances. Luckily I was wrong. The guys …

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Putrefy – The Liverpool Masque – 06/04/2011 (Gig)

Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presents Putrefy Opening up the show are Xenophobic Misogynist. Whenever one man appears on stage on his own (minus a band) armed only with a guitar and an Ipod you cant help but wonder what the fcuk is going on…. It takes guts to do some …

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Michael Monroe – The Garage Glasgow -15/04/2011 (Gig)

I have never experienced Mr M live before so tonight I was looking forward to seeing him along with his current band members Wildhearts frontman Ginger, ex-New York Doll Steve Conte on guitar, former Hanoi Rocks bass player Sam Yaffa and drummer Karl Rosqvist. I had heard great reports from …

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