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Wickman Road – ‘After The Rain’

Sweden seems to churning out new, young melodic rock bands quicker that IKEA can produce new ranges of insanely practical items of furniture – and Wickman Road are the latest example of this production line of acts who also possess one infuriatingly common characteristic:  they’re bloody good at what they …

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Featherstone – ‘Northern Rumble’

Swedish melodic rockers Featherstone trace their roots back to 2012. when  songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Rikard Quist decided that he had had enough of writing and playing for bands such as  Gypsy Rose, Don Patrol, Last Autumn’s Dream, White Wolf and Bangalore Choir and wanted to plough his own furrow.  Four years later, …

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The Answer – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 3 June 2016

Time is relative.  For some, it passes slowly and as inexorably as the tides lap against a shore.  For others, it speeds past like a bullet from a gun, bearing down on its inevitable end.  For Northern Ireland’s hardest working hard rockers, The Answer, the past decade has been something …

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Mark Tremonti – PlanetMosh Exclusive

Best known to many as the guitarist with Creed and subsequently Alter Bridge, Mark Tremonti in recent years has stepped into the solo spotlight with his own self-titled band. With Tremonti the band having released their third album, ‘Dust‘, last month, and bound for the UK’s shores again, for a …

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The Answer see the ‘Light’ on new album

Northern Ireland’s hardest rockin’ quartet, The Answer, have revealed the title of their forthcoming sixth studio album, due to be released this Autumn. “We’re excited to announce that we’ve got this brand new record which we’ve been working on for the last six months and it’s just about ready to …

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Planet Of Zeus – ‘Loyal To The Pack’

Although they have been kicking up dust since the turn of the millennium, PlanetMosh did not properly cross paths with psyched out Greek stoners Planet Of Zeus until they turned up on the Belfast team’s doorstep supporting Clutch on one of the few tours to go ahead in the wake …

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Corrosion Of Conformity – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 1 May 2016

The island of Ireland holds a special place in the collective hearts of the members of Corrosion Of Conformity.  Although the classic line up of Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin had got their act back together a few months previously, and played their first live show …

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Dan Reed Network – ‘Fight Another Day’

In the mid-Eighties, a band of five extremely different musicians of mixed musical and ethnic backgrounds sauntered out of the American midwest and into the international conscience.  Taking their name from the charismatic, and often enigmatic, lead singer, the Dan Reed Network engineered a combination of hard rock, funk and …

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Sabaton to take ‘The Last Stand’ on new album

Sabaton are currently putting the finishing touches to their new studio album, ‘The Last Stand’, which will be released worldwide on 19 August through Nuclear Blast. “We once work again with Peter Tägtgren in his newly upgraded and top class Abyss studio in Sweden to record, produce and mix the …

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Magic Eight Ball release new video and album

Magic Eight Ball have released a suitably Hallowe’en-themed video for their New Orleans-fused, funereal rock n’ roll romp ,’Keep Me Out The Sunlight’. The track is taken from the band’s third album, ‘Richest Men In The Graveyard’, which is released this coming Bank Holiday Monday (2 May).  The album is available directly from the …

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Cormac Neeson (The Answer) – PlanetMosh Exclusive

Anniversaries are important occasions, no matter their context.  This June marks an important one for Northern Ireland hard rockers The Answer, as it will be ten years since the release of their debut album, ‘Rise’. It proved to be an album which lived up to its name, catapulting the four …

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Diamond Head – ‘Diamond Head’

It is a word which is overly bandied by music journalists but there are a very few acts to whom the term “iconic” genuinely applies.  I can think of a handful… OK, maybe enough to make me employ the fingers on both of my aging, wrinkled hands.  One of them …

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Blues Pills to release new album in summer

Blues Pills have announced the title of their forthcoming second album. ‘Lady In Gold’ is expected to be released during the summer, via Nuclear Blast. Commented singer Elin Larsson on the choice of the album’s title: “Lady Gold is a character who symbolizes death. We wanted a twist on the typical stereotype of death being …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Semi-Finals A and B – Belfast, Voodoo – 15/16 April 2016

It could only happen in Northern Ireland… yes, only here could we actually have THREE semi-finals for this year’s instalment of the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, as the battle to earn a place at the UK’s premier heavy metal fest released its intense final stages.  But, such …

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Game Of Thrones & More – Heavy metal songs inspired by Fantasy – PlanetMosh Playlist

Fantasy has always been a furrow well ploughed by metal bands, providing a rich vein of stories as bombastic, epic  and glory-seeking as the genre itself.  With the sixth series of the biggest TV epic ever produced, ‘Game Of Thrones’, about to launch itself onto our screens, and the seventh …

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Michael Mormecha – ‘LoFi LiFE’

While he may fall outside of PlanetMosh’s normal musical demographic, there can be no doubt that Northern Irish singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Michael Mormecha is one hellishly prodigiously talented dude.  Our foregoing descriptive of the many aspects of the music business in which he dabbles should be proof enough alone of that assertion. …

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Wytch Hazel – ‘Prelude’

Everywhere you like these days, there seems to be some new folk metal band emerging from whatever corner of the planet we call mosh you care to name, be it from the shadow of the northern lights to the wildest of the Asian steppes, blending their own particular brand of …

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Attica Rage announce new album and tour details

Scottish heavy rock titans Attica Rage are set to release their new studio album, ‘Warheads Ltd’, on 6 June via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. The band’s fourth album, it was produced, engineered and mixed by singer/guitarist Jonny Parr. ‘Warheads Ltd’ is the first Attica Rage album to feature bassist Matthew Ward, who …

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Knock Out Kaine – ‘Cruel Britannia’ EP

Although they have been kicking up dust on the UK scene for a little more than a decade now, building themselves a sturdy reputation in the process, Lincoln’s Knock Out Kaine didn’t really cross my radar until the early part of last year, with the release of their second album, …

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