Mark Ashby

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Indestructible Noise Command sign to Ferocious Records

Indestructible Noise Command

Veteran thrashers Indestructible Noise Command (I.N.C.) have signed to Ferocious Records, who will release the Connecticut band’s new album, ‘Black Hearse Serenade’, in the autumn. Despite having formed back in 1985, this is only the band’s fourth full-length album, the last having been ‘Heaven Sent…Hellbound’, released via Rising Records in Europe, and Candlelight …

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Icons – ‘Lifesigns’ EP

Icons - Lifesigns Artwork

Let’s start this review with a little insight into the life of a (voluntary) music journalist… Like everyone else who writes for PlanetMosh, this reviewer has a day job.  Writing is a hobby, and we all do what we do for the love of the music we love – namely …

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IKillYa – Limelight 2, Belfast 03/05/2014

IKILLYA

The last time New York’s IKillYa played Belfast, they nearly didn’t – as the venue they were scheduled to appear at closed just a few days before they were due to grace its stage. Fortunately, in the true spirit of metal camaraderie, another promoter stepped into the breach, a few …

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Hollywood Monsters to cause ‘Big Trouble’ with debut album

Hollywood Monsters Artwork

Hollywood Monsters – a new band whose line-up includes legendary bassist Tim Bogert, keyboard wizard Don Airey and drummer Vinnie Appice – release their debut album, ‘Big Trouble’, through Mausoleum Records on may 23. A track, ‘Move On’ is currently streaming at https://soundcloud.com/thehollywoodmonsters/move-on-feat-vinny-appice-tim-bogert-don-airey-steph-honde The album also features a guest appearance …

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PlanetMosh partners Monsters Of Rot festival

Monsters Of Rot Poster

PlanetMosh is delighted to be confirmed as main partner for this year’s instalment of the Monsters Of Rot one-day festival in Northern Ireland this summer. This year’s event – which once again takes place at The Halfway Inn, Letterbreen, County Fermanagh – takes place on Saturday August 16. Acts confirmed …

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Winger – Better Days Comin’

Winger - Better Days Comin' artwork

Winger are one of the few bands from the ‘big hair’ era of the late 1980s/early 1990s to have survived not only with their reputation still intact but also their integrity in terms of their viability as a relevant and vibrant rock act in the second decade of the 21st …

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Demonic Resurrection to release new album in July

Indian metal veterans Demonic Resurrection (pictured right) are to release their fourth album, ‘The Demon King’ in July. Released worldwide on Candlelight Records and on Universal Music in India, it will available from July 13 in India, July 14 in the UK and Europe and July 15 in the USA. “We have always played around …

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Suicide Silence release new album in July

Suicide Silence - You Can't Stop Me Artwork

Suicide Silence will release ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ – their first album to feature new vocalist Eddie Hermida, following the tragic death of singer Mitch Lucker – on July 14 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. ‘You Can’t Stop Me’was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts (Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Warbringer) and features artwork (pictured right) by Tim …

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Blues Pills to release debut album in July

Blues Pills Cover Artwork

 American-Swedish-French blues rockers Blues Pills are to release their self-titled debut album on July 28 via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Don Alsterberg (Graveyard), ‘Blues Pills’ features vintage cover art (pictured right) by Marijke Koger-Dunham.  The band said of the latter: “[Marijke] painted it sometime in the late ’60s, and because we were looking for some ’60s inspired artwork, we thought …

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KXM – ‘KXM’

KXM - Album Artwork

Supergroups?  Don’t you just love them?  Or hate them?  Ever since the dawn of the modern music business, the very mention of the the word ‘supergroup’ has sent many fans and critics – including yours truly – scurrying for cover.  A rock group is either a rock group or its …

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Astralnaut to release new EP

Astralnaut - Thieves EP Artwork

Rising Northern Ireland sludge-doomsters Astralnaut release their new EP, ‘Thieves, Beggars and Swine’ on May 14. The band have today published the artwork for said offering, by the renowned cover illustrator W. Ralph Walters (https://www.facebook.com/pages/W-Ralph-Walters-illustrator/234062876699984). Astralnaut also have the following lives dates lined up: May 17 – Armagh, Platform 1 …

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Coldwar + Overoth + Killface – Dublin, Voodoo Lounge 26/04/2014

Coldwar Dublin 2014

It’s good to get out of the country now and again, and so it was that I gladly accepted an invitation to forsake my normal Saturday routine of a late afternoon of premier local metal followed by an evening of avoiding the local smiks back in Belfast to head south of …

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Brutality Will Prevail – ‘Suspension Of Consciousness’

Brutality Will Prevail - Stream Of Consciousness Artwork

After three self-financed and self-released albums to date, Welsh hardcore crew BWP signed to Siege Of Amida Records / Century Media at the tail end of last year, and this offering – also their first with vocalist Louis Gauthier and drummer Craig Reynolds, who joined the band at the start …

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God Macabre classic ‘The Winterlong’ to be re-issued

God Macabre - The Winterlong

Relapse Records are to re-issue God Macabre‘s long deleted Swedish death metal classic ‘The Winterlong’ this June. Originally released in 1993,’The Winterlong’ was recorded at Stockholm’s legendary Sunlight Studios in 1991 and engineered by Tomas Skogsberg (Amorphis, At The Gates, Entombed).  Now fully remastered and available for the first time in more …

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Metalfest IV – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club 21/04/2014

You know, I can think no better way of spending Easter Monday – for those of you not familiar with it, the end of a weekend of celebrations dedicated to the ancient Semitic goddess of love, war (aren’t they one and the same thing?), fertility and sex – than ensconced …

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By Any Means – Limelight 1, Belfast 19/04/2014

By Any Means Gig Poster - Limelight April 2014

Birthdays and anniversaries are important milestones, often forgotten at peril (which probably partly explains why my ex-wife is just that!), and so Belfast hardcore heroes By Any Means decided to mark five years together with a suitably celebratory bash at the city’s most famous rock venue. Chosen to open proceedings …

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Kix to release new album in July

Kix

Veteran US rockers Kix are to release their first album in nearly 20 years in July. The as-yet-untitled album – which features the band’s original line-up of Steve Whiteman (lead vocals), Jimmy Chalfant (drums, vocals), Ronnie Younkins (guitars), Brian Forsythe (guitars), plus Mark Schenker (bass) – will be issued on …

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Taking Back Sunday to headline returning Merthyr Rock festival

Merthyr Rock 2014 - First Poster

Taking Back Sunday are to headline the rejuvenated Merthyr Rock festival, which returns to the grounds of Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil, on Sunday 17 August. Now operated by Wales’ largest independent promoter Orchard Entertainment – who took over from previous operators Hay Festivals – the third edition of Merthyr Rock …

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Sebastian Bach added to Steelhouse line up

Steelhouse - Sebastian Bach poster

Sebastian Bach has been added to the line up for this year’s Steelhouse Festival in south Wales. The former Skid Row frontman will be special guest to Black Star Riders on Saturday July 19, with Europe headlining the following evening. Other acts confirmed over the two days so far include The …

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Divine Chaos release debut album in May

Divine Chaos - New Dawn Cover

Slough-based thrashers Divine Chaos are set to release their debut album, ‘A New Dawn In The Age Of War’, on May 29 via the Irish Evil EyE Records label. ‘A New Dawn In The Age Of War’ was produced by Scott Atkins and features James Stewart of Vader on drums. The album also features guest performances from …

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