Mark Ashby

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1349 to release new album in Autumn

1349 Promo Image

Norwegian black metallers 1349, are to release their as-yet-untitled new album this coming Autumn. Coming four years after the release of ‘Demonoir’, the album will be released on Indie Recordings, except for North America where it will issued via Season of Mist. The band will preview the album with the …

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Holy Moses – ‘Redefined Mayhem’

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One of the few successful extreme metal bands to be fronted by a woman, Holy Moses – even more than 30 years into their career – inevitably draw comparisons with the likes of the more high profile Arch Enemy.  And, certainly, there are similarities between the two bands, especially in …

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Gamma Ray – ‘Empire Of The Undead’

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This 11th opus metallicus from Gamma Ray could well be described as the album that nearly never happened… just as the band were putting the finishing touches to it, and had jetted off to South America for a short tour, the almost unthinkable happened:  a fire swept through their Hammer …

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Madball to prove that ‘Hardcore Lives’

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New York Hardcore veterans Madball have confirmed that the title of their forthcoming ninth studio album will be ‘Hardcore Lives’. The album – tracked and engineered by Unearth guitarist Ken Susi and mixed and mastered by long-time collaborator Zeuss (Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Soulfly, Terror, Whitechapel) – is set to be released …

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DevilDriver – Limelight 1, Belfast 07/04/2014


.@PlanetMosh reviews DevilDriver, @BleedFromWithin and @Sylosis in Belfast On the only previous occasion on which DevilDriver played Belfast – a month short of eight years ago – the local Free Presbyterian intelligentsia (the Norn Iron equivalent of the US’ moral minority/religious right) picketed the outdoor festival which they were headlining: …

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DevilDriver – Interview with Mike Spreitzer (Belfast 07/04/2014)

.@Planetmosh interviews Mike Spreitzer of DevilDriver As DevilDriver‘s latest promo tour, in support of last year’s ‘Winter Kills’ album, winds its way through the UK and into Europe, PlanetMosh hooked up with “the man with the golden guitar” (as he was introduced), Mike Spreitzer, backstage at Belfast’s Limelight venue, to talk …

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Bleed From Within – Interview (Belfast 07/04/2014)

  .@Planetmosh interview with Scott and Craig of @BleedFromWithin   PlanetMosh sat down with Bleed From Within vocalist Scott Kennedy and guitarist Craig Gowans during their recent stopover in Belfast, where they were opening for DevilDriver, to discuss the band’s career to date, their love of playing live and their new crowd-funded …

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No Hot Ashes – Belfast Waterfront – 01/04/2014

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One thing that really galls fans in this tiny corner of planet mosh known as Northern Ireland is the number of artists who ignore/omit “our wee country” from their touring schedules… Now, we admit (and fully understand) that there are a number of mitigating factors – not the least of …

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Electric Taurus – Stiff Kitten, Belfast 29/03/2014

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With some inane pop band booked into play it’s spiritual home, this week’s RocKD promotion was forced once again to move across the street (and around the corner, past the car park…) to the surprisingly hospitable (despite the lack of both/either Guinness or Magners on draft) surroundings of the venue …

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Pretty Maids – ‘Louder Than Ever’

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.@planetmosh reviews the new album from Pretty Maids, out now on @FrontiersRec Thirty years into their stop-start career, this 14th album from Pretty Maids is something of an amalgam, being as it is a combination of re-recorded tracks and four new songs. However, any suggestion that this approach is a sign that …

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Stormzone frontman to explore his ‘Twisted Mind’

Twisted Mind - Album Cover

Stormzone vocalist John ‘Harv’ Harbinson is to release his first solo album. Under the banner of Harv’s Twisted Mind, the new recording will be entitled ‘Rise Again’ and released simultaneously with the publication of a new book , ‘Ulster Myths and Legends’, featuring 14 of the singer’s brand new illustrations. Harv says …

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Heaven’s Basement – Voodoo, Belfast – 20/03/2014

With the bill toppers’ biggest ever headline tour winding its way across the UK, all three bands were returning to Belfast for what proved to be a damn fine evening of live rock ‘n’ roll delivered with energy by all concerned. Despite their late arrival meaning that The Dirty Youth are …

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Overkill – The Academy, Dublin – 15/03/2014

@PlanetMosh reviews .@OverkillBand ‘s first ever live show in Ireland. They say that good things come to those who wait, which must mean that Ireland’s thrash heads are among the best rewarded as well as the most patient on the planet of mosh, as they had waited more than 30 …

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Grand Magus – Interview with Fox (Dublin 13/03/2014)

Many people think that the life of a music journalist is a glamorous – jetting all over the world, interviewing ‘rock stars’ in exotic locations while sipping weirdly coloured cocktails… and for a select few it is like that (not least in their imaginations!).  But, for the majority of hacks …

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Grand Magus – Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 13/03/2014

It’s amazing the difference half an hour can make.  One disadvantage for those of us living in Belfast and wishing to attend gigs down the motorway in Dublin is the infrequency of late night return coach services from the Irish capital to that north of the border.  With the last …

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Monsters of Rot IV announces first acts

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The first acts have been announced for Monsters of Rot IV, Northern Ireland’s noisiest metalfest, which takes place in Letterbreen, County Fermanagh, on Saturday 16 August. This year, the event will have two stages:  the main stage will be for metal, stoner, doom and punk acts, while the second one …

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Blazefest IV – Empire Music Hall, Belfast – 8/3/2014

Blazefest IV Poster

The rock and metal community, perhaps more than any other in the field of music, always has been known for its generosity of spirit and support for worthy causes.  For the community in Northern Ireland, few are more special or better supported than Blaze’s Appeal, which raises funds for the …

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Sinocence – Stiff Kitten, Belfast – 7/3/2014

Sinocence gig poster

“WAKE THE FUCK UP!” Be afraid.  Be very afraid.  Especially if you are heading to Hammerfest this coming weekend:  Belfast metallians Sinocence have emerged from a hibernation that has lasted nigh on four months just in time to cause Richter Scale-registering devastation to northern Wales. “WAKE THE FUCK UP!” Opening …

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Dave Lombardo – Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast – 05/03/2014

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@Planetmosh reviews .@TheDaveLombardo drum clinic in Belfast A year after parting ways – for the second and what would seem to be most definitely the final time – with the band that he formed at the age of 16, Dave Lombardo remains an angry man.  A bitter man.  But, he …

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