Mark Ashby

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Skyforger to release new album in April

Latvian blackened pagans Skyforger release their new album, ‘Senprūsija’, on April 6 via Thunderforge Records. Frontman Peter said of the new album, the title of which translates into English as ‘Old Prussia’: “[It] is dedicated to the Prussians, the now extinct third Baltic nation. For us Latvians and Lithuanians, the …

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First bands announced for Dublin’s Perverting The Innocent fest

The first four bands to appear at this year’s instalment of the Perverting The Innocent one-dayer have been announced. This year’s event takes place on Saturday September 12, once again at Fibber Magee’s in the heart of Dublin.  Confirmed to play so far are German death metallers Chapel Of Disease and Casket, …

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Nazareth take the road to Steelhouse

Legendary Scottish blues rockers Nazareth are the latest classic act to be added to the bill for this year’s Steelhouse Festival, which takes place an Hafod-Y-Dafal (outside Ebbw Vale) on July 25 and 26. They are joined by young retro-blasters The Treatment and South Wales’ own ballistic blues duo Henry’s Funeral Shoe …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor 14/01/2015

The third day of Hard Rock Hell dawned just as the previous one had for Team PM – early, cold and with an early trip down to the sports hall which this weekend was serving as the cavernous media sanctuary for another busy round of interviews.  Unfortunately, scheduling of the latter meant …

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Serpentine – HRH AOR 13/03/2015

Following their show closing set on the first night of HRH AOR, Serpentine vocalist Adam Payne and keyboardist Gareth David Noon had little chance to rest on their laurels, as first thing next morning saw them plunging straight into the feeding frenzy of the media room for a gruelling series …

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Monsters Of Rot V – first bands announced

The first bands have been announced for this year’s instalment of the PlanetMosh-backed Monsters Of Rot. The one day celebration of the best in Irish extreme metal takes place at the Halfway Inn in Letterbreen (just outside Enniskillen) on Saturday August 1. The first tranche of bands to be confirmed …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor 13/03/2015

After less than the recommended mandatory amount of sleep (well, it is a festival after all – and a journalist’s work doesn’t stop when the last band takes their curtain call), Team PM were up at the crack of dawn of the second day of HRH AOR for a busy …

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Conjuring Fate – Exclusive pre-Blazefest interview

PlanetMosh is proud to one of the media sponsors for this weekend’s Blazefest, Northern Ireland’s biggest annual charity gig, which brings together the top rock and metal bands from this part of the world to raise funds for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Ahead of tomorrow’s show, PM caught up …

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Maverick – Exclusive pre-Blazefest interview

PlanetMosh is proud to be one of the official media partners for this weekend’s Blazefest, Northern Ireland’s biggest annual charity gig, which brings together the top rock and metal bands from this part of the world to raise funds for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Headlining this year’s bill are …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan-Y-Mor 12/03/2015

Once again, Team PlanetMosh joined the thousands of Hard Rock Hell faithful – and a fair few newcomers to boot – for the epic trek to the crook of the Llŷn Peninsula for another weekend of hard rockin’ action.  This year’s format, of course, was a little different to previous ones, …

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Kelly Keagy – Night Ranger – HRH AOR 14/03/2015

US superstars Night Ranger made a triumphant return to the UK this past weekend, with a sell out show in London followed by a sensational headline appearance at the HRH AOR festival in Pwllheli – the first time the band had played more than one gig on British soil on the same …

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Sinocence – Exclusive pre-Blazefest interview

PlanetMosh is proud to be one of the official media partners for this weekend’s Blazefest, Northern Ireland’s biggest annual charity gig, which brings together the top rock and metal bands from this part of the world to raise funds for the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.  One of the highlights …

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Trucker Diablo – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 07/03/2015

They say that a week is a long time in politics, but a year is an extremely long time in the music business.  Fans can lose interest in a band who have been quiet for any length of time, never mind a full 12 months:  after all, it could be …

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Celtachor to release second album in April

Irish blackened folk metallers Celtachor will release their second album, ‘Nuada Of The Silver Arm’, via Trollzorn Records on April 24. Recorded in September and October of last year at Sun Studios in Dublin with Ola Ersfjord, and mastered by Chris Common, the album concept deals with the life and …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat Three – Band Interviews

PlanetMosh continues its support for the Northern Ireland leg of the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition – which gives the winners a slot on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock – by interviewing the participants in heat number three, which takes place at Belfast’s Voodoo on Thursday (March 12).  …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat 2 – Belfast, Limelight 2 07/03/2015

The second heat of the inaugural Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition to be held in this little corner of the planet we call Mosh promised to be a diverse affair, reflecting the broad church of the local metal scene – and, so it proved to be! Openers Cavehill seem …

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White Widdow – ‘Crossfire’

For some inane and unknown reason, this third album from Melbourne’s White Widdow initially fell under this reviewer’s radar – which is something which almost became a crying shame as it is a hugely powerful slice of melodic rock. Very much rooted in the classic Eighties roots of the genre, …

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The Answer – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 06/03/2015

Hometown gigs, for any band – but especially those who have reached a certain international standing – are always a mixture of anticipation, excitement and nervousness for all concerned, for both the artist and their audience.  Especially more so when the band in question is premiering new material – most …

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Fozzy – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 04/03/2015

Sometimes you walk into a gig not really knowing what to expect – and tonight was just one of those occasions.  Mainly because, if I’m honest, I’m not a big fan of bands which could be perceived as “superstar vehicles”, especially as many of them are just that – vanity …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat Two – Band Interviews

PlanetMosh continues its support for the Northern Ireland leg of the annual Metal 2 The Masses competition – which gives the winners a slot on the New Blood stage at Bloodstock – by interviewing the participants in the second heat, which takes place at Belfast’s Limelight 2 on Saturday (March 7).  …

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