Mark Ashby

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Stormzone to release concept album

Northern Ireland power metallers Stormzone are to release their fifth album, ‘Seven Sins’, via Metal Nations on August 3. Recorded at FireMachine studios and produced by guitarist Steve Moore, ‘Seven Sins’ is a concept album.  Set in the 18th century, the album tells the story of the mysterious Dr Dealer, his travelling …

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Gasoline Outlaws – ‘No Rules No Laws No Regrets’

Gasoline Outlaws emerged on to the Northern Ireland rock scene at the turn of this year, when former Black Freeway/Last Known Addiction singer Matt Fitzsimons, freshly returned from a sojourn down under, re-united with his brother Chris and in turn teamed up with former Yellow Sam guitarist Adam Parkin and …

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Dennis Churchill Dries – ‘I’

Dennis Churchill Dries will be best remembered to rockers of a certain vintage as the singer and bass player with White Sister and, latterly and (almost) simultaneously, Tattoo Rodeo.  The former’s self-titled 1984 debut, produced by Gregg Giuffria, is one of the most under-rated and overlooked classic albums of it’s generation, although …

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Diamond Head working on new album

Stourbridge metal legends Diamond Head (pictured right, in rehearsal) have revealed that they are currently midway through writing a new album. They hit the studio on July 6 to begin recording the, as yet untitled, album which is expected to be released later in 2015.  It will be the first Diamond Head …

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Jobseekers – Enniskillen, Charlie’s Bar 22/05/2015

This evening, Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen plays host to a cross border punk and rock assault, the likes that the town has not seen in quite some time, organised by Henchman Promotions, a local promotional company who are contributing to the continued growth of the Enniskillen music scene. Sense Deficiency …

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Soulfly to release new album in August

Soulfly will release their tenth studio album, ‘Archangel’, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on August 14.  It will feature guest performances from Todd Jones of Nails, Matt Young of King Parrot, as well as Richie and Igor Cavalera. “I am so proud to be releasing Soulfly’s tenth album,” commented founder/vocalist/guitarist Max Cavalera. “I …

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Temples Festival – Bristol, Motion 29-31/05/2015

Imagine the most ungodly hour possible for a self-respecting metallian to be crawling from their pit – and then move it back an hour or more… well, while most of our readers were most likely turning over for your second sleep, your reviewer was up and about in the wee …

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Xerath to headline Monsters Of Rot fest

Orchestral groove metal alchemists Xerath return to the island of Ireland as the headliners for this year’s PlanetMosh-backed Monsters Of Rot festival. Monsters Of Rot takes place in Letterbreen, County Fermanagh (just outside Enniskillen) on Saturday August 1. Xerath will be joined by Gourd, the bastard doom child of Wreck Of The Hesperus and On Pain …

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The Bronx / Torche – Belfast, Limelight 1 27/05/2015

This evening’s gig – featuring the somewhat ironically named LA punks The Bronx and Florida-based grinders Torche – was originally scheduled to be two separate affairs, with the two bands playing in neighbouring venues within the same complex.  However, the promoters – and, co-incidentally, the venue owners – quickly managed …

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Enuff Z’Nuff / Estrella – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 16/05/2015

Regular readers will be cognizant of Team PM’s affection for the DRC – an intimate little club above a tiny country bar deep in the heart of Northern Ireland’s ‘Bible Belt’ which has attracted some pretty big names and, in the process, provided us with some of our favourite (and, …

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Various – ‘Snuff Fetish Infection’

There is something morbidly fascinating about goregrind.  It’s a musical sub-genre which often inhabits the darker, more taboo elements of the human psyche, addressing lyrical issues which many, more mainstream, artists only dare to skirt around with the comparative finesse of a housewife cleaning her most precious porcelain compared to …

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War Iron – Belfast, TBWNN 15/05/2015

It’s the middle of May and spring is supposed to have sprung with summer allegedly around the corner – but, guess what?  It’s feckin’ freezin’ and it’s sheeting it down – so, there’s nothing else to do but forsake the backyard barbecue for another weekend, plunge out into the night …

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Negură Bunget – Belfast, Voodoo 10/05/2015

It had been a long weekend – and, to be honest, the pace of it was starting to tell on PM’s Belfast team as we prepared for our third gig in as many days and a review tally which would take us to 18 bands in that period (it would …

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Poser Holocaust – Lisburn, Alexander’s Bar 09/05/2015

Still hungover and bleary eyed from the previous evening’s final of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, the PlanetMosh team were up and about at a ridiculously early hour to catch the mid-afternoon train for one of our all-too-rare forays out of the big smoke for a ten band …

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Shardborne to release debut album in July

Irish instrumental prog metallers Shardborne – who play the PlanetMosh-backed Perverting The Innocent festival later this year – are to release their full-length debut, ‘Living Bridges’, via Out On A Limb Records on July 10 . The band said of the album – the follow up to their 2011 ‘Aeonian Sequence’ EP:  “[It’s] progressive metal …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Final – Belfast, Voodoo 08/05/2015

As, a few hundred yards away, Belfast joins the rest of the country in marking the 70th anniversary of VE Day, five of Northern Ireland’s finest groups of metallians have come together in a darkened city centre venue to see which of them will secure just as momentous – to …

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Year Of The Goat to release second album in July

Swedish retro occultists Year Of The Goat are to release their second album, ‘The Unspeakable’, via Napalm Records on July 31. It follows last year’s acclaimed EP, ‘The Key And The Gate’, the title track of which will feature, in an alternative version, as a bonus track. The full track listing …

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The Dead Daisies declare a June ‘Revolución’

The Dead Daisies – the superstar collective featuring past and current members of the likes of Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Mötley Crüe – are to release their second album, ‘Revolución’, via INgrooves on June 1. The band have also confirmed that they will be returning to Europe this …

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Trucker Diablo are Off Yer Rocka with new deal

Renascent Northern Ireland hard rockers Trucker Diablo have signed to Off Yer Rocka Recordings, who will give a wider release to the band’s latest album, ‘Rise Above The Noise‘ – originally recorded and issued via a PledgeMusic campaign – later this year.  The album will be preceded by an EP. …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses enters final stages

Bloodstock’s 2015 ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ tour kicks off on the Emerald Isle this weekend, with the first finals in this year’s competition to earn coveted places on the festival’s ‘New Blood’ stage. The festival has a long standing reputation for supporting grass roots metal and the annual M2TM programme …

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