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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.

Black State Highway – Hard Rock Hell, 15/11/14

I was lucky enough to speak to all five of Black State Highway at Hard Rock Hell this year after their set, discussing large audiences, touring with other bands that have B and S as their initials and what you wouldn’t expect on their iPods…

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Eluveitie – Bierkeller, Bristol, 16/11/14

Until very recently, the only time Iceland, Russia and Switzerland joined forces was to ensure the United Kingdom continued their miserable run of form in the Eurovision Song Contest; tonight is a different matter entirely. No politics, no international relations on the line, just a good old fashioned three band-bill on the …

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KISS confirmed as third Download 2015 headliner

KISS have finally been officially confirmed as the final headliner for Download 2015. After the rumours and leaked posters from bassist Gene Simmons, the ‘hottest band in the world’ have finally taken their place on the bill as Sunday night headliners alongside Slipknot and Muse. It’s the band’s first UK festival …

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Muse announced as second headliners for Download 2015

Muse have been confirmed as the second headliners at Download Festival next year, topping the bill on the Saturday night. It is the rock trio’s debut appearance at the festival and naturally they’re looking forward to playing, saying “We’re really looking forward to Download. We’ve never played the festival before so it’s …

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Slipknot to headline Download 2015

Here we go again: the mighty cogs of Europe’s biggest rock and metal music festival are turning and the production line of epic live performances is thundering into life once more. Download 2015 is underway. And what a Friday headliner it has produced… The biggest, angriest monster of a metal …

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Babymetal – O2 Academy Brixton, London, 08/11/14

It’s wet in London tonight – very wet. And whilst a number of the fans queuing outside Brixton Academy tonight have brought umbrellas it’s still cold and miserable, especially for this reviewer who managed to take a wrong turn on the way to the venue and ended up running through …

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Bury Tomorrow – Bierkeller, Bristol, 22/10/14

I have frequented the Bierkeller in Bristol on many occasions for both their club nights and their theatre productions, but I had never been to a gig there until this particular night in question. I was also very aware of how hot it could get inside the venue itself, but …

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Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter

The words ‘comeback album’ are very often banded around the music industry for a number of quite trivial reasons. Hindsight generally plays a big role in this, particularly if it’s a case of the artist or band merely needing to sell more copies of the album than the previous release …

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Electric Wizard – Time to Die

If there’s one thing you can give credit to Electric Wizard for, it’s sticking to their guns. Time to Die, their eighth studio album released at the end of last month, continues that trend. Throughout their now 21 year history, they’ve never swayed to the mainstream, never gone along with …

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Darkest Hour – Darkest Hour

If festival slots were awarded on the basis of commitment to the cause, Darkest Hour would have been headliners for years. As it is, they’re fast approaching 20 years as a band having slipped under a lot of people’s radars. That might be about to change, however. Released at the …

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Eluveitie – Origins

Sometimes it’s amazing how far a studio project can take you. Eluveitie is a great example of this. Initially formed in 2002 by leading man Chrigel Glanzmann as just that, the band have gone on to release five studio albums (four of which have been via Nuclear Blast), have more band …

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Hellfest Open Air, Part 3 – Sunday, 22nd June 2014

It appeared that someone from on high looked down with a smile on the second day of Hellfest – because the beginning of the third and final day was cloud cover and a drop in the temperature, with even a small amount of rainfall during the morning as well. It quickly transpired …

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Hellfest Open Air, Part 2 – Saturday, June 21st 2014

>The morning after the night before, and there were some very hungover faces walking through the campsite and the odd couple who looked like they hadn’t gone to bed yet. They probably hadn’t either. Still, Day 2 of Hellfest was upon us, the sun was shining again and there were …

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Hellfest Open Air – Friday, 20th June 2014

With an estimated 138,000 people passing through the gates this year across the weekend, it’s clear that Hellfest is bigger than ever. Planetmosh took a trip across the pond to get a taste of the ‘ooh-la-laAAARGH’ at France’s biggest rock festival… With six stages operating a ‘three on, three off’ …

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Download Festival 2014 – Sunday 15th June 2014

And so, the final day of Download 2014. And this time it’s overcast. The rain has not been hard but it’s definitely a lot cloudier than before – a welcome relief for many of the punters. Elliott and Ant give their opinions on this final day. For me the day …

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Download Festival 2014 – Saturday 14th June 2014

Elliot and Ant give their opinions of the second day at this years Download festival.. The first band of the day for me was South Wales rockers The Dirty Youth [8] who put in a great set.  Singer Danni Monroe was sporting a natural hair colour for the first time …

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Download Festival 2014 – Aerosmith

Avenged Sevenfold brought the pyros. Linkin Park brought the classic album. And Aerosmith? They brought the film crew for a live recording that will hopefully surface as a live DVD in the near future. One thing is certain though – they filmed on the right night. Starting off with a …

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