Mark Ashby

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Stormzone – ‘Seven Sins’

It’s been a little over two years since Northern Ireland metal champions Stormzone released what was regarded by many critics and fans alike as arguably their best album to date, the titanic ‘Three Kings‘ – an opus which cemented their position as the region’s premier exponents of their art.  Now, with …

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High On Fire – ‘Luminiferous’

Three years after their last offering, ‘De Vermis Mysteriis’, California power trio High On Fire have returned to the fray with their truly gargantuan seventh album, the appropriately titled ‘Luminiferous’. Everything about this album exudes the word “heavy”, from the huge ball-tingling bass lines to the humungous riffs which drive with …

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Attack The Day – 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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Seminal Neurosis albums to be re-issued in September

As the next chapter in Relapse Records’ ongoing 25th anniversary commemoration, Neurosis will have two of their most revered and long out-of-print titles reissued on super deluxe 180-gram double vinyl on September 4. ‘Through Silver in Blood’, which was first released in1996, has not been printed on vinyl in ten years, while ‘Times of …

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Guttrench – 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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Abaddon Incarnate – 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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Ironheart – ‘Revolution Calls’

So, there I was:  standing minding my own business, propping up the bar in my local when I get a tap on my leather-jacket clad shoulder.  “Shaun said to make sure you get this,” a voice says as a package is thrust into the hand which is not holding a …

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Altus – 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, 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 on …

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VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC – 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, the annual celebration of the best in the extreme Irish metal scene.  Now in its fifth cycle, the festival is expanding its horizons, with the first continental European …

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Mastodon – Belfast, Ulster Hall, 28/06/2015

“I told you we’d be fucking back!”  It may be somewhat unusual to start a review at the end, but drummer Brann Dailor’s closing remarks to the audience are important for contextualizing what had happened over the previous hour-and-a-half or so.  You see, it had only been a little more than …

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Diamond Head – Belfast, Limelight 2, 27/06/2015

It could be argued that, although they hail from the Midlands of England, Diamond Head share an affinity with Belfast:  after all, it was they who helped shape the sound of the nascent Metallica – a place in history they share with a band from this neck of the woods, …

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The Pat McManus Band – Belfast, McHugh’s Bar, 26/07/2015

The venue for this evening’s long-awaited return to Belfast by Pat McManus – it has been almost exactly a year since ‘The Professor’ last graced a stage here – is the basement of a pub situated in Belfast’s oldest known building, McHugh’s Bar.  Built back in the 17th century it, like …

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Diamond Head – Brian Tatler – Belfast 27/06/2015

PlanetMosh caught up guitarist Brian Tatler from Diamond Head during the band’s visit to Belfast this weekend.  We chatted to him about the band’s NWOBHM heritage, their relationship with Metallica, the recruitment of new singer Rasmus Bom Anderson, their imminent return to the studio to record the first album in …

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Eyehategod – Belfast, Limelight 2 24/06/2015

Ah well, here we are… it’s a Wednesday night here in Belfast and it’s officially the start of the week;  well, as far as Team PM is concerned anyway, with the prospect of six gigs over the course of the next five nights, starting with tonight’s long overdue return to …

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Gasoline Outlaws – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 20/06/2015

It hardly seems like less than six months ago that the Gasoline Outlaws came roaring out of nowhere and propelled themselves on to the Northern Ireland rock scene with furious intent.  A series of increasingly impressive live shows later, the quartet have now released their debut album, the massive sounding …

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Jim Peterik – PlanetMosh exclusive interview

Recently I had the great pleasure of reviewing ‘Risk Everything‘, the latest album from songwriting legend Jim Peterik and – despite the pair initially meeting almost 40 years ago – his first collaboration with singer Marc Scherer. It was an even greater pleasure to be offered the chance to chat …

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Lindemann release debut album

Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann is to release ‘Skills In Pills’, the debut album from his self-titled side project, this coming Friday (June 19). It will be available in standard, special, ‘super deluxe‘ and vinyl editions.

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Metal Allegiance to release debut album in September

After the recent announcement that the all-star Metal Allegiance project will be releasing an album of original material, it has been confirmed that the self-titled album is scheduled to be released worldwide on September 18 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Brought together by principal partner Mark Menghi, ‘Metal Allegiance’ features appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, …

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More acts confirmed for Bloodstock

With Download over for another year, things are just ramping up for Bloodstock, which opens its gates in just seven weekends time!  With the ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals well under way and racking up record attendances, including numerous sell-out events, the next batch of winning bands to grab their …

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Cathedral to re-issue debut ‘In Memoriam’ album

Rise Above Records is to re-issue ‘In Memorium’, the debut album from legendary doom pioneers Cathedral, on July 17. ‘In Memoriam’ was recorded and originally distributed in late 1990, prior to the seminal band writing their debut full length, ‘Forest of Equilibrium’. The original version of the demo was self-released on cassette with photocopied …

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