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Shinedown to prove ‘Threat To Survival’ in September

Shinedown will release their new album, ‘Threat To Survival‘, via Atlantic Records on September 18.   Shinedown are currently touring the USA and will bring the previously-announced ‘Carnival of Madness’ tour, with Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm to the UK in early 2016: Thursday January 28 – Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena Friday January 29 – …

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The Sword – ‘High Country’

‘High Country’ could, quite possibly, be described as The Sword‘s “happy album”.  And that’s no mere throwaway descriptive on our part, but a summarization of frontman John Cronise’s take on the opus:  as he explains, when he started to write the songs for ‘High Country’, he found himself at something of …

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Oncology – ‘The Metastasis’ EP

Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of tumours – and particularly cancerous ones – while a metastasis is a secondary growth of a malignant tumour, separate from the primary one.  However, PM is a music website not a medical one, and therefore the particular branch …

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The Irontown Diehards – Interview with Andrew Baxter

Formed at the tail end of last year, Belfast’s The Irontown Diehards quickly made an impression on local rock audiences, with their hard-hitting live shows and their distinctive image. The band are currently in the studio recording their debut album, but guitarist Andrew Baxter (pictured right) recently took time out …

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Monsters Of Rot V – Letterbreen, 01/08/2015

The dawning of August can mean only one thing in these parts – the annual celebration of all that is best about the Irish metal scene (and, on this occasion, that from slightly further afield) that is the latest instalment of the Monsters Of Rot one-day festival of madness, mayhem …

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Xerath – Belfast, Voodoo 02/08/2015

It had been a busy weekend for PM’s Northern Ireland team, having already caught 12 bands over the previous 48 hours, including our annual pilgrimage to the depths of Fermanagh countryside for the annual Monsters Of Rot extreme metal extravaganza.  But, the pace was showing no sign of relenting as …

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Stormzone – Interview with John ‘Harv’ Harbinson and Steve Moore

Northern Ireland’s premier heavy metallians Stormzone today (Monday August 3) release their latest, and arguably most ambitious, album – the conceptual ‘Seven Sins’. PlanetMosh recently met up with vocalist John ‘Harv’ Harbinson and guitarist Steve Moore (pictured right with the interviewer) in a busy Belfast café to talk about the …

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Blues Pills/RavenEye – Belfast, Limelight 2, 31/07/2015

It may be the last day of July, but already it is a typical Belfast “summer” evening – the temperature is plummeting into the lower reaches of single figures and the rain isn’t taking its time to belt it down as the PM team duck from the adjacent pub and …

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Million Dollar Reload – World Exclusive Interview

Earlier this year, Northern Irish hard rockers Million Dollar Reload announced a one-off summer headline show at Belfast’s historic Empire Music Hall.  However, very shortly afterwards, the band also announced that this would, in fact, be their last ever live show… Needless to say, confusion reigned both here in little old …

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Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra releases new album

Current Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra is to release a new album in October. ‘Dying To Live’ will be released by his side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, via Frontiers Music on Friday October. The new album features an guest appearances from Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and more. Hoekstra, who also has worked with …

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Steelhouse Festival – Ebbw Vale, 25-26 July 2015

Now in it’s fifth year, the Steelhouse Festival is one of the UK’s more remote festivals.  Although only four miles from the nearest town, Ebbw Vale, Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm’s mountain top location means it is not the most accessible – especially in a weekend dominated, in both the build up to …

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Last minute change to Monsters Of Rot V line up

There has been a last minute change to the line-up of this weekend’s PlanetMosh-backed Monsters Of Rot V extreme metal fest. Dublin death metallers Guttrench and hardcore troops Hollow Truth both have unfortunately had pull out.  They have been replaced by Xerosun, who will be performing their first gig with new …

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Doro – PMTV Exclusive

PMTV had the great privilege of meeting up with the ‘Queen Of Metal’, the one and only Doro, immediately following her rain-drenched but triumphant performance at the Steelhouse Festival this past weekend. With the petite singer having barely had time to dry out, she granted our team exclusive backstage access …

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DiMino – ‘Old Habits Die Hard’

Frank DiMino is best known to rockers of a certain vintage as the frontman of US glamsters Angel, the band discovered by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons playing in a New York nightclub and subsequently signed to the band’s Casablanca label, for whom they recorded a series of acclaimed albums in …

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Cave Of Swimmers – ‘Reflection’

Florida-based power duo Cave Of Swimmers trace their roots to an early friendship developed in 1999 by Guillermo “GE” Perez and Arturo “Toro” Garcia when they were both only 15 and still in fourth grade in their native Caracas, Venezuala.   The duo relocated to Miami in the early 2000s and continued …

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Perverting The Innocent line up completed

The last acts taking part in this year’s Perverting The Innocent – which takes place on Saturday September 12 and now has been upgraded to Dublin’s Voodoo Lounge – have been confirmed. They are German progressive death metallers Alkaloid Louth sludgers Raum Kingdom and Dublin death industrialists Axial Symmetry They join …

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No Hot Ashes – Eamon Nancarrow

In the mid- to late-Eighties, an melodic rock band tried to break out of the confines of their native Northern Ireland and onto the world stage – but, various circumstances conspired against them and they never quite made it and went their separate ways…  One of them did fulfill the …

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Okus – Monsters Of Rot V preview

For the second successive year, PlanetMosh is delighted to be the main media partner, and main stage sponsor, for Monsters Of Rot V, the annual celebration of the best in the extreme Irish metal scene.  As part of our continuing build up to the August 1 event, we today turn the spotlight …

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Nick Oliveri ‘Death Acoustic’ – Belfast, Voodoo 14/07/2014

Belfast had been in virtual lockdown for the long weekend which marked the cornerstone of Northern Ireland’s marching season, the Twelfth.  Bars, restaurants and shops kept their doors firmly shut for most of the duration, leaving those who dared to venture into the practically abandoned city centre with little to …

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Paganland – ‘Вітчизна (Fatherland)’

Hailing from the city of Lviv in revolution-ridden Ukraine, Paganland certainly wear their nationalism on their sleeves, dedicating this, their second album, to “all Patriots fighting against Russian aggression.  The band, who trace their roots back almost two decades, describe themselves as “a group of people holding the same views, who …

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