Mark Ashby

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The Texas Chainsaw Dust Lovers – ‘Me And The Devil’

Once upon a time (but not too long ago) in the west (but not too far west), four dust-covered strangers (it was obvious they were strangers in these parts, as they had French accents) wandered into a nameless town, exchanged their chainsaws for guitars and proceeded to lay waste to …

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Planet Of Zeus prove they’re ‘Loyal To The Pack’

Greek groove/stoner/heavy rock act Planet Of Zeus are to release their fourth album, ‘Loyal to the Pack’, via ihaveadrum on 13 May. The album is the follow up to 2014’s ‘Vigilante‘, which the band supported through extensive touring, including a visit to the UK and Ireland as special guests on Clutch’s ‘Psychic …

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Blessed Hellride – ‘Bastards & Outlaws’

Blessed Hellride may hail from the Moselle region of southwestern Germany, but they sound like they were spawned on the dusty highways of suvern California, the bastard outlaw (sic) sons of Zakk Wylde hosting a gang bang with a female biker club while the throttle is still full open and …

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Tax The Heat – ‘Fed To The Lions’

PlanetMosh first crossed paths with Bristol rhythm and rollers Tax The Heat a little under two years ago, when they appeared at the Steelhouse festival at the tail end of July 2014, shortly after they had released their Chris (Masters Of Reality/Kyuss/QOTSA) Goss-produced debut EP.  Turn the clock forward 20 …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat Four – Belfast, Voodoo – 24 March 2016

To say that the fourth heat of the Northern Ireland leg of the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses was something of a curate’s egg of an evening is perhaps putting it mildly.  Only three bands ended up battling it out for the two places in the next round of the …

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Blazefest VI – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 19 March 2016

This past weekend, PlanetMosh once again was delighted to be associated with the wonderful event that is Blazefest, a fundraising bash inspired by a wonderful little boy who has, in his short life, succeeded in bringing together rockers and metallers on an annual basis to raise money for the work …

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Cradle Of Filth – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 14 March 2016

It’s a Monday night in Belfast and the legions are gathering, their faces painted black and white and their armour made of leather and/or PVC.  Which can mean only one thing:  Cradle Of Filth have returned to the city after a 15-year gap, on the final night of their latest …

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Metal 2 The Masses Northern Ireland Heat 3 – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 19 March 2016

The third heat of this year’s Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition in Belfast brought with it one of those thankfully all too frequent, and horrible clashes, which sometimes can plague any scene, the local metallians – and, by default, your PM team, having to split themselves in two, at …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli – 12 March 2016

Saturday morning at Camp Hard Rock Hell dawned crisp and bright, with the day going on to prove to be warmest of the weekend.  And so, as the sun made its first appearance, and after a morning of hanging around the press area waiting on bands not turning up for …

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Jesus Chrüsler Supercar – ’35 Supersonic’

Jesus Chrüsler Supercar are a trio of death ‘n’ rollers from Stockholm.  They play energetic, vibrant rock mixed with punk fury, with references to death and thrash metal, and even a hint of stoner mixed with grunge.  They play it loud.  VERY loud.  And they play it fast.  VERY fast. …

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Amon Amarth – ‘Jomsviking’

With this, the the band’s tenth album, Amon Amarth take their penchant for their epic evocations and retelling of the ancient myths and sagas, the feats of bravery and heroism which soak the bloodstained page of their homeland’s history, to next level by producing their first concept album.  Based around …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli – 11 March 2016

Thanks to a mizzle which had blown in from the Irish Sea overnight, the first full day at Camp Hard Rock Hell dawns damp underfoot, as the faithful thousands wake from their late slumbers and prepare for the entertainment coming their way across the three stages. Having travelled from about …

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli – 10 March 2016

Despite its remote location – in the crook of north Wales’ Llŷn Peninsula, between Snowdonia and the Irish Sea – Hard Rock Hell is undoubtedly one of the UK’s favourite festivals, often booking out a year in advance… and even before a single band is announced!  That was evinced yet …

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The Cult – Belfast, Mandela Hall – 6 March 2016

It had been quite some time since yours truly last descended the steps into the hallowed Mandela Hall…  almost exactly 18 months in fact.  And, as I stood outside the chilly Sunday night air awaiting my photographer, I could not help but note the eclectic nature of the hundreds of …

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Tequila For Breakfast – Blazefest preview

The annual fundraising extravaganza that is Blazefest VI – for which PlanetMosh once again is delighted to be a media partner – takes place at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall on Saturday 19 March.  Among the host of bands from both sides of the Irish border who will be helping to …

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Red Hot Chili Peppers to get ‘Vital’ in Belfast

The worst kept secret on the Belfast music scene was confirmed this morning (Friday 4 March), when it was officially announced that Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the Tennent’s Vital festival on Thursday 25 August. Special guests will be Fall Out Boy, with other support acts to be announced. …

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Zlatanera – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 27 February 2016

It always amazes me how certain social media channels are always filled with whinging, so called “rock fans” who complain that there are never any gigs on… I don’t know what sort of cloud cuckoo land they live in, because this, the official launch of Zlatanera‘s debut album, ‘Legerdemain‘, was …

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Exodus / Lost Society – Belfast, Limelight 2, 29 February 2016

It may have been just a relatively short six years since thrash legends Exodus last graced this very stage, but it has been a lot longer since the Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza fronted  incarnation was last in these parts… almost 27 years and 1989’s ‘Fabulous Disaster’ tour.  In fact, not one single member …

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Exodus – Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza

Having returned to the Exodus fold for 2014’s stunning ‘Blood In, Blood Out‘ album, Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza also made a long overdue return to Belfast when the supporting tour – the band’s most extensive run of dates in the UK and Ireland for many years – rolled into the Northern …

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Lost Society – Samy Elbanna

Rising young Finnish thrashers Lost Society are currently touring the UK and Ireland in support of both their new album, the PM 5/5 rated ‘Braindead‘, and the mighty Exodus.  Your PM team caught up with frontman Samy Elbanna literally minutes before the band took to the stage in Belfast, to …

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