Mark Ashby

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The Treatment to release new album in March

The Treatment are to release their third album, ‘Generation Me’, worldwide on Friday 18 March, via Frontiers Music. The album will be the first to feature new lead singer Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey.  Grey said:  ““We’re absolutely delighted to announce that the recording of our third full length album Generation Me is now …

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Sabaton release ‘Heroes On Tour’ live DVD

Swedish troopers Sabaton are to release a new live package, ‘Heroes On Tour’, on 4 March, via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Recorded on their 2015 ‘Heroes’ tour, and including their appearances at Wacken and their own festival in their hometown of Falun, the package comes as two DVDs or Blu-Rays and a CD. …

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Boulevard – ‘Live From Gastown’

It was one of those “you had to be there moments” – and one where I’m fortunate to say, “yes, I was”.  It was the Saturday afternoon of what was then supposed to be the last ever Firefest, and a band wandered onto the stage who proved to be not …

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Whitesnake to headline Ramblin’ Man Fair

Just days after kicking off their UK arena tour, Whitesnake have been confirmed as the first headliners for next year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, which takes place in Maidstone over the weekend of 23/24 July. They will headline the main stage on the Saturday night. Procol Harum will headline the Prog in …

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Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses 2016 Belfast launch – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 5 December 2015

And so it is almost upon us again… the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, with it’s reward being the much coveted and desired chance to play the New Blood stage at Britain’s favourite bespoke metalfest alongside the likes of Slayer, Mastodon, Twisted Sister, Venom and a host of …

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Axel Rudi Pell to release new album in January

German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell will release ‘Game Of Sins’, his 16th studio album, on 15 January, via Steamhammer / SPV Records, on 15 January. The first single from the album, ‘King Of Fools’, is set for digital release tomorrow (Sunday 6 December. “[It] is about a pimp, the King …

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Dream Theater to release ‘The Astonishing’ double album in January

Dream Theater are to release their new double concept album, ‘The Astonishing’, on 29 January via Roadrunner Records. ‘The Astonishing’ paints a tale of a retro-futurist post-apocalyptic dystopia ruled by medieval style feudalism. It’s a place aching for a Chosen One to rise above the noise and defeat an Empire …

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SystemHouse33 to release new album in early 2016

India’s SystemHouse33 are to release their fifth album, ‘Regression’, in early 2016. SystemHouse33 founder and vocalist Samron Jude said of the new album: “Regression is the paradox of progress; it is the disintegrating world we live in.  We are doing more, but feeling worse. “Covering the regressive nature of this …

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Komatsu – Belfast, 25 November 2015

Until recently, if you had mentioned the name Komatsu to me, I, perhaps in common with many others, would immediately have thought of a company which manufactures some pretty heavyweight construction equipment.  When the same name cropped up as that of the main support for Mondo Generator on their current …

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Mondo Generator – Belfast, Voodoo – 25 November 2015

When Nick Oliveri left the stage of this very venue a little more than four months ago, he confidently predicted that the next time he appeared in Belfast it would be with Mondo Generator… little did most of those present realize that the touring schedule was already locked in and the …

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Firefest returning in 2016

As exclusively predicted by PlanetMosh last month, Firefest – arguably the UK’s favourite melodic rock festival – looks set to make a return in 2016. A 20 second teaser trailer advertising Firefest 2016 has been released on YouTube: Firefest was last held at Rock City in Nottingham in October 2014.  If …

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Mondo Generator – Belfast, 25 November 2015

It’s only a few months since Nick Oliveri was last in these parts, with his ‘Death Acoustic’ solo show.  Now, the eclectic and workaholic frontman is back, this time fronting his Mondo Generator project on a run of dates across Europe. PlanetMosh availed of the band’s stop-off in Belfast to …

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Dragonheart – ‘The Battle Sanctuary’

This fifth album by Brazilian fantasists Dragonheart is one which is truly deserving of the term epic – as not only does it clock in at a little under the hour mark (which is pretty long by today’s attention-deficit-seeking standards) but it marks the completion of a trilogy which the …

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Shadowkiller – ‘Until The War Is Won’

This second album from northern California’s Shadowkiller is a very loose concept album, based around the the pain and suffering of the German forces fighting to save themselves, their families and their homeland at the tail of the Second World War, but dealing with the horror of conflict on the front line …

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Ceaseless Blight – Belfast, The Bar With No Name – 20 November 2015

Sometimes, you really should do your homework before going to a gig!  On this occasion, I was familiar with three of the five acts beforehand, and was particularly looking forward to seeing the two heavy acts bookending the bill – especially as one was unveiling a new line up and …

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Clutch – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 21 November 2015

With many of their US counterparts cancelling, postponing or cutting short their European tours in the wake of the atrocities in Paris earlier this month and the subsequent security concerns across much of Europe – just hours before the doors opened this evening, Brussels went into a state of lock …

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Planet Of Zeus – Belfast, 21 November 2015

It is the coldest day of the year so far, with the temperatures plummeting to sub-zero and snow hanging in the air.  So, where does any self-respecting music journalist take a trio of musicians more used to the sunshine of their native Greece?  Why, the open air rooftop beer garden …

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DevilDriver to release new album in May

California groove metallers Devildriver have confirmed that they will release their recently completed seventh studio album, ‘Trust No One’, via Napalm Records on Friday 13 May 2016. Frontman Dez Fafara said of the album: “Almost three years in the making, get ready for a new Devildriver record!  ‘Trust No One’ is filled with …

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No Hot Ashes to issue debut album on Frontiers

Some 33 years after they first formed – and fresh from this past weekend’s Hard Rock Hell – renascent Northern Ireland melodic rockers No Hot Ashes (pictured right) are to release their debut album, via Frontiers Music, in the spring of 2016. The band traces its story back to the Belfast …

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Last In Line to bear a ‘Heavy Crown’ with debut album release

Last In Line – featuring original DIO members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain, together with vocalist Andrew Freeman – are to release their debut album, ‘Heavy Crown’, via Frontiers Records on 19 February. Guitarist Campbell, who is currently touring Europe with Def Leppard, said: “When we started this …

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