Mark Ashby

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Insurrection – ‘Prototype’

Album Cover - Insurrection - Prototype

This third album from Quebec’s Insurrection is unusual in that the band sing in both their native languages – French and English – which shows due respect to their Canadian heritage. Apart from that, ‘Prototype’ also pays faithful homage to the band’s death metal roots, especially in its winding twin …

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Trainwreck Architect – ‘Traits Of The Sick’

Trainwreck Architect Artwork

Digging a vein that lies somewhere between classic thrash acts such as Annihilator (Jeff Waters makes a guest appearance on ‘As Killer Breathe’)  Exodus and Exciter, while trying to induce the more irreverent approach of Anthrax, Montreal newcomers Trainwreck Architect plough a furrow similar to that already explored by the …

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Brutality Will Prevail – ‘Scatter The Ashes’

Brutality Will Prevail - Scatter The Ashes Artwork

Welsh hardcore crew Brutality Will Prevail have celebrated landing a deal with Siege Of Amida Records / Century Media by issuing a deluxe version of their acclaimed third album, ‘Scatter The Ashes’, which features not only the original album, as released at the beginning of the year, but also a …

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Krisiun – ‘Black Force Domain’ / ‘Apocalyptic Revelation’ (Re-Issues)

Krisiun - Apocalyptic Revelation

For almost 20 years, Krisiun have been one of a handful of Brazilian bands who have attempted to follow in the footsteps of their more famous countrymen, Sepultura, but, while enjoying moderate success outside their homeland – and especially in Europe – have by and large failed to capture the …

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Pat McManus Band – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill – 21 December 2013

The Pat McManus Band – Photo Gallery – Ahoghill – 21/12/2013

It’s that time of year when every website / magazine / pundit-of-various-degrees-of-credibility produces their dreaded “end of year list”:  you know the sort of thing – the ten best albums / gigs / blow jobs /whatever.  And, yes, we at PM are just as guilty as everyone else… Of course, …

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Mental Deficiency – Limelight 2, Belfast – 19 December 2013

Mental Deficiency – Limelight 2, Belfast – 19 December 2013

‘Twas a the week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring… but ’round the corner in the Limelight all manner of mayhem was taking place, as the holiday season turned into a right ol’ Thrashmess… With the ambient, grungy pop of Goodbye Nola entertaining but …

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Black Star Riders – Limelight 1, Belfast – 15 December 2013

Slightly more than a year ago, the curtain came down on the long and storied career of the mighty Thin Lizzy, when the band played their penultimate gig on Irish soil as they bade farewell to touring and prepared to launch a new identity through which to progress the Lizzy …

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Western Sand – Interview with Tyler and Nathan

Bournemouth rock revivalists Western Sand have just finished a lengthy UK tour opening for Black Star Riders – a bill which also featured the all-star ensemble known as The Dead Daisies. As the tour concluded in Belfast, PlanetMosh grabbed a chat with vocalist Tyler Hains and drummer Nathan J Kay …

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Astralnaut – Limelight 2, Belfast – 14 December 2013

Astralnaut – Limelight 2, Belfast – 14 December 2013

For any promoter to stage the amount of quality gigs which James Loveday puts on – this was his 45th straight ‘RocKD’ event of the year, not counting the number of visiting acts he has brought our way over the past 13 years – is no mean feat.  It’s not …

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Black Sabbath – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – 12 December 2013

Black Sabbath – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – 12 December 2013

Forty-five years.  Forty-five fucking years.  Not only is that the length of time since Black Sabbath first unleashed their pioneering brand of heavy metal on a deeply unsuspecting world, and changed its musical landscape forever, but it also how long it has taken the genre’s founding fathers to appear on …

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PlanetMosh partners fundraising gigs for Polish metallers

PlanetMosh partners fundraising gigs for Polish metallers

As part of our continuing commitment to supporting the metal scene on the island of Ireland, PlanetMosh has been confirmed as the official media partner for a pair of fundraising concerts in aid of Polish black metallers Blaze of Perdition. The band’s bassist, Wojciech ‘Ikaros’ Janus (pictured right) was killed …

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Maverick – Interview with David Balfour (vocals)

Maverick - David Balfour

With the Northern Ireland rock and metal scene on somewhat of a high at the moment – no fewer than six bands from this small part of the world performed at the recent Hard Rock Hell, leading to rumours that next year’s event may be moved to Belfast – the …

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War Iron – Limelight 2, Belfast – 7 December 2013

War Iron – Limelight 2, Belfast – 7 December 2013

With the grey clouds broiling overhead heralding the true onset of a wet Belfast winter, and even the hardiest of ‘fleg’ protestors scurrying for the comfort of the gluhwein tents in the nearby Christmas Market to which they so vehemently object, the the most diehard warriors from the city’s metal …

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Zombie Lake – World Exclusive First Interview with Derek Schilling

Zombie Lake – World Exclusive First Interview with Derek Schilling

Zombie Lake are a trans-Atlantic old school thrash metal outfit, instigated back in 2003 when bassist Derek Schilling, from New York hatecore crew Neglect, made contact with Martin Missy, vocalist with German thrash legends Protector:  as the pair’s personal friendship evolved so did their musical relationship and now, a decade …

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Orchid – ‘The Zodiac Sessions’

Orchid - The Zodiac Sessions artwork

Following the huge success of their big label debut, ‘The Mouths Of Madness’, earlier this year, this timely re-issue brings together san Francisco psych-doomsters Zodiac’s two pre-Nuclear Blast releases – the ‘The Through The Devil’s Doorway’ EP and 2011’s full-lengther ‘Capricorn’, both originally released on The Church Within Records – …

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Pro-Pain – ‘The Final Revolution’

Pro-Pain - The Final Revolution

This 14th album from the pioneering stalwarts of the New York hardcore scene is a return to their crossover roots, following last year’s somewhat thrashier ‘Straight To The Dome’, with its mixture of hard-hitting street metal riffage and confrontational punk punkiness. With frontman Gary Meskil once again in charge of …

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Zombified – Limelight, Belfast – 30 November 2013

Tonight’s gig was supposed to be headlined by Bristolian gore merchants Amputated, but unfortunately the brakes on their hired tour bus failed as they travelled to meet the ferry, and therefore the band were forced to cancel a gig for the first time in their 11 year history.  Nevertheless, promoter …

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Buckcherry + Hardcore Superstar – Limelight, Belfast – 27 November 2013

Opening the bill for two bands of the quality of tonight’s ‘co-headliners’ was never going to be an easy task, but LA veteran newcomers Venrez did their task with aplomb and confidence – perhaps buoyed by vocalist Stephen Berez’s earlier sampling of the finest whiskey ever distilled, Black Bush. Despite …

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Fatal Fusion – ‘The Ancient Tale’

Fatal Fusion release label debut

This sophomore album from Norwegian quintet Fatal Fusion – their first for the boutique Karisma Records label – draws heavily on the prog influences of the early 1970s, unashamedly referencing the likes of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, pre-‘Dark Side…’ Floyd, Camel, Colosseum, Focus and Van der Graaf Generator, as well as …

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