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Elliot Leaver

PlanetMosh's resident Iron Maiden fanboy and Mr. Babymetal. Also appreciates the music of Pink Floyd, Rammstein, Nightwish, Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot and many others. Writing to continue to enjoy life away from the stresses of full-time employment.

Abracadabra – Ulan Bator

Quite why a French duo decided to name themselves after the capital of Mongolia is anyone’s guess, but over twenty years later Ulan Bator are still going strong, even if founding bass player Olivier Manchion left at the turn of the milennium. Remaining member Amaury Cambuzat has valiantly continued on …

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The Black Dahlia Murder – The Fleece, Bristol, 16th January 2016

Tonight’s gig might as well be at the Freeze as opposed to the Fleece – the cold snap is finally upon us and biting savagely. Critics might say this is the reason why Venom Prison (8) attract a a sizeable portion of the crowd tonight as punters hop inside to get warm, …

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The 20 greatest Iron Maiden songs. The PlanetMosh Playlist series

On Christmas Day in 1975, a young man from London by the name of Stephen Percival Harris decided to form his own band. That band was Iron Maiden. Four decades, sixteen studio albums, numerous critically acclaimed tours and one specialist beer later, he must wonder what he’d let himself in …

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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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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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Crobot – Exchange, Bristol, 15/11/15

Given the horrendous events that unfolded in Paris on Friday night, you’d be forgiven for expecting that all gigs in the UK for a period of time would have smaller audiences, earlier finishing times and filled with a certain air of unease. However, in a true tip of the hat …

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Skindred – O2 Academy, Bristol, 12/11/15

Tonight is about respect. Not just for each other – which we’ll get to later – but also between band and punter. It’s well known to frontmen and women that if you can earn the respect of a crowd, they’ll be putty in your hands and do pretty much anything you …

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Epica – O2 Academy, Bristol, 11/11/15

The guys behind the sound desk at Bristol Academy deserve medals. Every venue is prone to issues with mixes at one point or another, but tonight it’s spot-on for every single band that plays which means there’s a buzz in the air not felt for a long time. We even …

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Enter Shikari – The Mindsweep: Hospitalised

There aren’t many bands around who can claim to have as diverse a following as Enter Shikari. From punks to metalheads, scene kids to techno lovers, the St. Albans quartet have appealed to them all over the last eleven years. The latter half of this career has seen the band …

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Babymetal – LIVE AT BUDOKAN – Red Night & Black Night Apocalypse & LIVE IN LONDON: Babymetal World Tour 2014

No matter how hard you try, you just can’t get away from Babymetal right now, especially in the UK. We’ve seen them destroy audiences, draw tens of thousands of people at festivals, split opinions across the board and next April they’ll take on Wembley Arena, in what will be only their seventh …

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Delain – Marble Factory, Bristol, 22/10/15

It doesn’t matter how many times you attend, the Marble Factory in Bristol is a very odd venue, even more so when people don’t usually start turning up for a gig until about fifteen minutes before doors open – and that’s taking into account them opening late as well. Nevertheless, …

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Michael Monroe – Blackout States

You can’t fault Michael Monroe for trying. The former frontman of glam rock legends Hanoi Rocks has been in the music business for well over three decades now and built a huge reputation in the process, yet he shows no signs of resting on his laurels and continues to write and record new …

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Iron Maiden – The Book Of Souls

Since the turn of the millennium, everything Iron Maiden have done has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. If a band gets a second bite at the cherry of the success, it’s very rare for it to pay off, yet Maiden not only took that opportunity but also watched themselves grow …

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Shihad – FVEY

When people think of heavy music from the continent of Oceania, the first three names on their lips will (more often than not) be AC/DC, Airbourne and Parkway Drive. It’s actually a shame, because New Zealand’s Shihad should be in with a shout every single time. Formed almost thirty years ago in …

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Disturbed – Immortalized

When news broke earlier this year of the return of Chicago metallers Disturbed, it was greeted with excitement and anticipation. Having gone on hiatus in 2011 amid rumours of internal conflicts and after a series of less-than-acclaimed live performances, the band secretly reformed in the January of 2014 and began …

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Iron Maiden: ‘Speed Of Light’ review

Iron Maiden’s new song ‘Speed of Light’ from the upcoming album ‘The Book Of Souls’ was released this morning, and Planet Mosh’s Elliot Leaver gives us his views on the track via his freelance page The Food of Love. He apologises for the quiet audio, however he was trying to ensure …

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Lamb of God – VII: Sturm und Drang

Three years ago, the fate of Lamb of God very much hung in the balance. The much-publicized arrest and imprisonment of singer Randy Blythe on manslaughter charges caused shockwaves across the metal world, with his subsequent acquittal bringing relief, celebrations and a stunning documentary in the form of As the Palaces Burn. …

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Dragonforce – In the Line of Fire…Larger Than Live

If band positions on festivals were awarded based on soldiering on in the face of adversity, Dragonforce would have headlined Download moons ago. Loved and hated in equal measures across the UK, they’ve battled through lineup changes, the wrath of Machine Head and Trivium fans on 2007’s ‘Black Crusade’ tour and …

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Opinion: The Top 5 Albums of the Year…So Far!

Earlier this year, PlanetMosh’s Elliot Leaver began his own independent music blog, the Food of Love. Today, with the grace of the powers that be, he is able to share his own rants and reviews via the Food of Love with PM for the first time. This is his Top …

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