Mark Ashby

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Astralnaut + Bad Boat + Crafty Fuzz + Altus – Voodoo, Belfast – Friday September 6

Astralnaut + Bad Boat + Crafty Fuzz + Altus – Voodoo, Belfast – Friday September 6

Despite having been formed less than two years, stoned doomsters Astralnaut have become on of the most popular – and accomplished – acts on the Northern Irish metal scene:  a fact evinced by the fact that, although this is their second headline show in the city in just under a …

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Pilgrimage – Interview with Kenny and Ollie

Pilgrimage Artwork

One of the joys of music journalism is constantly coming across new bands about whom you want to know more:  one such act is Pilgrimage. The County Mayo four piece first came on to PM’s radar at the recent Monsters Of Rot III festival in Fermanagh – and we definitely …

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Rex Shachath – Interview

Monsters Of Rot III – Letterbreen – 24 August 2013

Northern Ireland death metallers Rex Shachath made a rare live appearance at the recent Monsters Of Rot III festival in County Fermanagh. PlanetMosh took the opportunity to sit down with vocalist Dave Connolly and guitarist Andrew Pennington to catch up with events in the band camp, including the lowdown on …

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William Christ – World Exclusive Interview

William Christ live at Monsters Of Rot III

Apparently, the Norwegians (and their Swedish neighbours) have got it all wrong, and have been wrong all along, when it comes to black metal… it’s not all about inverted crosses, burning churches and raping virgins.  At least, that’s the view of the “sexiest man in BM” – the one and …

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Inhale The Fall – ‘Inhale The Fall’ EP

Inhale The Fall Artwork

Cork may be Ireland’s second city but it easily rivals capital Dublin as a hotbed of talent. The latest outfit to emerge from the south-west of the island, Inhale The Fall are a complete contrast to the more well known offerings at the darker, denser end of the spectrum which …

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For Ruin – ‘Mortal’ EP

For Ruin - Mortal Artwork

Cork’s For Ruin certainly believe in taking their time about things… this EP has been lying around, in one shape or form, for the guts of two years, with a video for the nominal title track having first surfaced on YouTube in the autumn of 2011.  Now, with the band …

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Parhelia – ‘The Precipice Of Change’

Parhelia - The Precipice Of Change Artwork

This sophomore offering from Dublin instrumentalists Parhelia has been four years in the making, being as it is the follow up to their 2009 full-lengther debut, ‘Shifting Sands’ (they previously had released two EPs, ‘First Light’ in 2006 and 2007’s ‘Oceans Apart’). ‘The Precipice Of Change’ is a hypnotic album, …

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Bullet For My Valentine + Bring Me The Horizon + Gojira – Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast – August 21, 2013

Belsonic is what is referred to in modern parlance as a “boutique” festival:  taking place in Belfast’s Custom House Square, a man made auditorium, close by the River Lagan, with apartment blocks to the front and one side of the stage, and the imposing edifice of the Custom House from which …

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Hornets + No Spill Blood + PigsAsPeople – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast – 23 August 2013

Tonight’s gig in this former whiskey bonding house come music resource centre is somewhat appropriately branded as ‘Distillation 03’, being as it is the third in the series of special showcase events supported by sponsorship from Bushmills Irish Whiskey… well, such an synergistic association doesn’t really need to provide much …

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Monsters Of Rot III – Letterbreen – 24 August 2013

Monsters Of Rot III flyer

The car park of a country pub in what we in this part of the universe refer to as ‘the arse-end of nowhere’ may seem an unusual location for an extreme metal event, but here we are:  in a tent, in the pissing rain, at the back of a pub …

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Torche + Axis Of + Dott – Voodoo, Belfast – 22 August 2013

Over the past couple of years, Voodoo – a converted restaurant just off Belfast’s main shopping thoroughfare – has become one of my favourite venues in my home city.  Having rapidly established itself as the hangout of choice for a large proportion of the local rock and metal fraternity, it’s …

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Týr – Interview with Heri Joensen

Tyr 'Valkyria' Promo Artwork

With their seventh album, ‘Valkyria’, due for release next month, Planet Mosh chats to Heri Joensen, vocalist and guitarist with Faroese folk metallers Týr: Heri-Joensen-Interview ‘Valkyria’ is released on Metal Blade on September 16. Týr play the following dates in the UK and Ireland with Finntroll: Monday September 30 – Epic TV …

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Gama Bomb – Empire Music Hall, Belfast – Saturday August 17th 2013

Although they don’t play their native Ireland on a regular basis, Gama Bomb were tonight returning to Belfast for the second time in around eight months, this time finding themselves in the rather sedate surroundings of the Empire Music Hall:  as its name suggests, this converted church is used to …

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Gama Bomb – Interview with Philly Byrne and John Roche

Planet Mosh chats with vocalist Philly Byrne and guitarist John Roche of  Irish thrashers Gama Bomb in a noisy backstage area at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, where the band were playing the second of two shows on one of their rare visits to their homeland. The interview starts by talking …

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Maverick – Limelight 2, Belfast – Saturday August 17th 2013

Maverick

There’s a saying about a week being a long time in politics, but in the music business a year can be very short – and that can certainly be said of Belfast upstarts Maverick, for whom this return to the legendary Limelight for their second headline slot in as many …

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Lamb Of God + TesseracT – Limelight 1, Belfast – August 12th

Belfast has become something of a favourite stopping off point for US bands either going to or from the European festival circuit…  In recent years the path to this little corner of planet metal has been trodden by acts as diverse as Tesla and Metallica, Machine Head and Black Stone …

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Brutality Will Prevail / Gacys Threads / Hornets – Voodoo, Belfast – 6 July 2013

Brutality Will Prevail / Gacys Threads / Hornets – Voodoo, Belfast – 6 July 2013

With Belfast once more teetering on the brink of descending into the chaos that is laughlingly referred to in the mainstream media as the ‘Marching Season’, and less than a week to go to its annual highlight of ‘The Twelfth’, Welsh hardcore mob Brutality Will Prevail could hardly have chosen …

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:[Ten Cent Toy]: – Off The Grid

Dedication.  One of the quintessential ingredients for success.  In any walk of life – but especially so in the music business.  Coupled with commitment, it is quite possibly THE single most important characteristic any artist (be they on their own or in a band environment) can possess if they want …

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