Mark Ashby

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Eric Bell – Belfast, Empire Music Hall – 15 November 2015

There are few people in the music business to whom the term “living legend” can, and should, be deservedly applied.  As far as the the Irish rock scene is concerned, there is one gentleman to whom that descriptive does not even begin to do justice – and that is Mr …

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Evil Scarecrow – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 14 November 2015

There are occasions when you go to a gig genuinely not knowing what to expect.  Having witnessed the lunacy that is an Evil Scarecrow show for the first and only time at Bloodstock last summer, your PM team had a rough idea of the madness that was about to descend …

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Eric Bell – Interview, November 2015 – PlanetMosh Exclusive

There are very few people to whom the term “living legend” genuinely can be applied.  In terms of terms of the Irish music scene, one man who definitely, and deservedly, fits that description is Eric Bell, one of the founding members of the equally legendary Thin Lizzy. PlanetMosh was invited …

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Evil Scarecrow interview – Belfast, 14 November 2015

Midlands maniacs Evil Scarecrow currently are undertaking their most extensive, and elongated, tour to date, bringing their peculiar brand of lunacy and madness to all arts and parts of the UK. PlanetMosh grabbed a chat with frontman Dr Rabid Hell and guitarist Brother Dmitri Pain when the tour stopped off in …

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Y&T – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 11 November 2015

For the band and fans alike, Y&T‘s annual end of year UK tours have become something akin to a pilgrimage.  Despite being more than four decades into their career – and not having released any new material in a little more than five of those years – Dave Meniketti and …

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Bloodstock to bring ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ again in 2016

Bloodstock Open Air has confirmed that it will be running its annual ‘Metal 2 The Masses‘ competition in 2016. ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ offers venues, promoters and bands – as well as fans – a chance to be part of the Bloodstock Festival experience at local level. Amust4music Ltd, along …

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Sacrificium Carmen – ‘Ikuisen Tulen Kammiossa’

This debut album from Finnish dark lords Sacrificium Carmen is very much steeped in the black metal tradition of that region, combining deep, dense harmonic patterns with brutal blastbeats and vocals so evil you can smell their vile stench on the other side of the dark world. The difference, however, …

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Power Theory – ‘Driven By Fear’

Am I the only one on this dirty old planet we call “Mosh” that doesn’t “get” the new Iron Maiden album, ‘The Book Of Souls‘, or believe that isn’t quite the best thing since the invention of heavy metal?  I am?  Oh well… wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been …

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Nuclear Detonation – ‘Living Dead, Sons Of The Lobotomy’

Having been formed in southern Italy in late 2013 by singer and guitarist Luca ‘Detonation’ Sergi, and released a single which saw them dragged ‘Down To Hell’ the following year, Nuclear Detonation have taken their time in moulding the other seven tracks which make up this debut full-lengther.  It’s a delay …

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Anthrax to release new album in February

Noo Yawk thrash legends Anthrax have confirmed that they will release their new album, ‘For All Kings’, on February 26 via Nuclear Blast. Anthrax return to the UK later this month for a run of dates with Slayer and Kvelertak, starting in Newport on Saturday November 21.  They will also …

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Rock City – 25 October 2015

In contrast to the previous morning, the third and final day of Rockingham dawns crisp and bright, as the PM team join several hundred fellow fans in heading for the hallowed confines of Rock City for another eight bands over 11 hours. The beautiful afternoon outside is complemented by the …

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Rock City – 24 October 2015

The second morning of the inaugural Rockingham fest dawns overcast and mizzly, but that doesn’t darken or dampen the spirits of the early risers making their way from all directions for the slightly earlier start to Saturday’s proceedings (well, we have gone from six to seven acts performing over the …

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Vega – Rockingham, 24 October 2015

The sweat hadn’t had time to dry on Vega singer Nick Workman’s brow following the band’s performance at the recent Rockingham festival when PlanetMosh cornered him for a quick chat about their performance.  We also got all the gen on the band’s new album, which they have just finished recording.

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Robert Tepper – Rockingham, 23 October 2015

Following his triumphant appearance at the recent Rockingham festival, PlanetMosh caught up with Robert Tepper for an impromptu backstage chat.  He talked about finally being able to perform in the UK, his hope that this won’t be his only visit, the legacy of ‘No Easy Way Out’, the song that …

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Rockingham – Nottingham, Rock City – 23/10/2015

First there was Firefest.  An annual celebration of classic melodic rock which, despite being hugely popular and attracting some of the top names in the genre – many of them catalyzed to reform by the event – as well as fans from all over the globe, sadly came to an …

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London Mayor launches strategy to save music venues – it is too late?

It may be too late for many of the city’s landmark venues, but London Mayor Boris Johnson has finally thrown his weight behind the capital’s music industry – and especially the much needed Agent Of Change principle. Many venues – up to a third of those which existed a decade …

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From Hell To The Unknown: 15 Years Of The Distortion Project – Belfast, Katy’s Bar/Limelight 2 – 17 October 2015

In these straitened economic times – marked from the music business’ perspective by increasing numbers of venues closing down and promoters going bankrupt – success stories are few and far between and thus should be acclaimed, celebrated and heralded at every opportunity.  Which is exactly what today’s proceedings were all …

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Gehtika – ‘A Monster In Mourning’

I read very little fiction these days, but I remember when my mother was introducing me to the weird and wonderful world of literature and exploring the shelves of dusty, leather bound volumes which dominated our living room.  Naturally, as a nascent metallian, I was drawn to the darker side …

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Corpse Garden – ‘Entheogen’

Exploding out of a relatively small Central American country better known perhaps for its awesome coffee than its death metal exports, this second album from Costa Rica’s Corpse Garden is as intense and dark as both the aforementioned should be.  It’s also fucking fast! Corpse Garden very obviously pay tribute …

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