Mark Ashby

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Coldwar unveil ‘Pantheist’ artwork

Coldwar

Irish hardcore death metal punks Coldwar have unveiled the cover art (right) for their fifth album, ‘Pantheist’, which will be released via Candlelight Records on April 28th. Coldwar guitarist Paul Nash explained the concept behind the Sean Fitzpatrick-designed cover:  “The artwork has a symbolic meaning to the subject matter throughout the …

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Darkest Era to release new album in June

Darkest Era

Northern Ireland metallians Darkest Era are to release their new studio album, ‘Severance’, in June. The Fermanagh band recently switched from Metal Blade Records to the Cruz Del Sur label. Guitarist Ade Mulgrew said of the move: “We are excited to be working with Cruz Del Sur to finally get this beast …

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Stormzone – Interview with ‘Harv’

Belfast heavyweights Stormzone play a rare hometown gig this coming Saturday, when they headline the PlanetMosh supported ‘Blazefest IV’, an eight-band charity fundraising gig in aid of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. Now, as we said, this is one of the few times a year the Storm breaks …

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Rabid Bitch Of The North – Stiff Kitten, Belfast – 1 March 2014

Rabid Bitch Of The North

When is a launch not a launch?  When you don’t actually have anything to launch… which is exactly what proved to be the case for Rabid Bitch Of The North, when copies of their long-awaited new cassette EP, ‘Defending Two Castles’, failed to make it north of the border from …

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Sylosis – Interview with Josh Middleton

With three albums under their belt, Reading progressive thrashers Sylosis looked all set to crack the States at the end of last year, when they headed out on the road with DevilDriver and Trivium:  then, suddenly, it all went horribly wrong when – in a scenario all too familiar to …

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By Conquest Or Consent + Defyed + Spittin’ Teeth – Limelight 2, Belfast – 22 February 2014

Billed as a special showcase gig, highlighting the best in established and up-and-coming Northern Irish hardcore talent, this triple bill certainly lived up to its advance promotion. Openers Spittin’ Teeth are one of the few bands in the genre, at least in this part of the world, to employ a …

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Raging Speedhorn to perform special set at Damnation Festival

Damnation Festival 2014 Poster

Heavyweight UK metallers Raging Speedhorn will reform with original vocalist Frank Regan for a special set – featuring tracks from their first two albums – at this year’s Damnation Festival, which takes place on November 1. The Corby bruisers will play through their back catalogue of sludge and crust classics from ‘Raging …

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Drudkh – ‘Eastern Frontier In Flames’

Drudkh - Eastern Frontier In Flames

Complementing their recent limited-edition vinyl-only 12” split with Winterfylleth, mysterious Ukrainian death metallers Drudkh have again delved into their archive of rarities for this short compilation, which features tracks from their 2007 EP ‘Anti-Urban’ and a brace of covers from the ‘Slavonic Chronicles’ offering of three years later.  It also …

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Vandenberg’s Moonkings – ‘Moonkings’

Moonkings album artwork

Breaking a musical silence that – apart from a few live appearances and a song written for his local football team – has lasted 20 long years, Dutch axemeister Adrian Vandenberg has emerged from his self-enforced exile with a renewed fire in his belly and this new project with a …

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Dave Lombardo – “It’s sickening… I wasn’t asking for anything other than to be treated equally.”

Dave Lombardo Belfast banner

It’s been almost a year since drummer Dave Lombardo was unceremoniously dumped by Slayer, on the eve of an Australian tour.  As he prepares to return to the UK for the first time since that ignominious day, PlanetMosh took the opportunity to chat with him about said visit – and, …

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Trucker Diablo + NASA Assassin – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill – 8 February 2014

Trucker Diablo

Farewells are always emotional affairs, and none more than when it is akin to bidding goodbye to a close family member… and there was a tangible sense of emotion in the air as the Norn Irish rock family gathered to bid farewell to one of their most beloved brothers – …

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Adrian Vandenberg interview

Vandenberg's Moonking

Dutch axemeister Adrian Vandenberg – best known to many rockers of a certain generation as one-time guitarist in Whitesnake – has recently broken a musical silence lasting nigh on a quarter of a century, with the imminent release of the self-titled debut album by his new Vandenberg’s Moonkings project. PlanetMosh recently connected …

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Drudkh / Winterfylleth – ‘Thousands of Moons Ago’ / ‘The Gates’

Drudhk Winterfyleth Split EP Artwork

This four track split EP – appropriately limited to 666 12” pressings – sees mysterious Ukrainian black metal overlords Drudkh teaming with their English pagan counterparts Winterfylleth to deliver a collection of four cover versions. Drudkh explore the darkest depths of the eastern European underground for their triptych of contributions, …

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Highway To Hell – Limelight 2, Belfast – 1 February 2014

Screaming Eagle

.@Planetmosh reviews @Screagle83, @MaverickBelfast and @balefulcreed at @LimelightNI. You know you’ve had a good day/night (delete as applicable) when you wake up the next morning with a hangover to match the hole in your wallet – and you know the rock year has officially started when the return of The …

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Suns Of Stone – ‘Suns Of Stone’

Suns Of Stone

.@Planetmosh reviews the self-titled album by @sunsofstone, out now on Bad Reputation Records. Canadian quartet Suns Of Stone follow a southern-edged blues rock path that has been trodden by a thousand predecessors, and while it may not be the most original route to follow they find their way along it …

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Automaton – Echoes Of Mount Ida

This debut three track EP from Athenians five piece Automaton is one which is unashamedly and proudly rooted in the drone doom tradition of bands such as Sleep and YOB, with the heritage of these acts seeping and flowing through every last second of the 33 compulsive minutes. With fuzzed-out …

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Axel Rudi Pell – ‘Into The Storm’

.@Planetmosh reviews #IntoTheStorm by #AxelRudiPell, out now on #Steamhammer It’s hard to argue with German axeman Axel Rudi Pell‘s pedigree… this is his 15th studio album in around 25 years  – which is a feat (especially when you couple that prodigious output with nearly as many cover sets, live releases …

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Nashville Pussy – ‘Up The Dosage’

Nashville Pussy Facebook Cover Photo

.@Planetmosh reviews #UpTheDosage, the new album from @bashfulpuppy, out now on Steamhammer Sex, drugs, women, drinkin’, rock ‘n’ fuckin’ roll… that’s all that really matters to Nashville Pussy (well, let’s be honest, it’s all that really matters to any of us, isn’t it) – and it just about summarizes the …

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Suffering Hour – ‘Foreseeing Exemptions To A Dismal Beyond’

@planetmosh reviews the debut EP from Suffering Hour, out now on @tridroidrecords Hailing from darkest Minnesota, this debut EP from Suffering Hour (who were formerly known as Compassion Dies, for the trivia freaks out there), is a solid if somewhat basic old school slab of blackened thrash meets death metal. …

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Behemoth – ‘The Satanist’

.@Planetmosh reviews the new album from @BehemothBand, released on @nuclearblasteu on January 31. This tenth album from Polish blackened death metallers Behemoth is one which sees them coming back from the brink of extinction, signalling as it does the return of band founder and frontman Nergal from his almost life-ending …

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