Mark Ashby

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Moloken – ‘All Is Left To See’

This third album from Swedish progressive experimentalists Moloken is as dark and claustrophobic as its subject matter.  Four years after the release of their last opus magnus, ‘Rural’, ‘All Is Left To See’ is the first in a trilogy of albums based around a lyrical concept called ‘Mörkrets Kärna’, which …

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Twisted Sister confirmed as second Bloodstock headliner

Glam metal legends Twisted Sister have been confirmed as the Friday headliner for next year’s Bloodstock festival. They join fellow headliners Mastodon, as well as Behemoth and Venom. Bloodstock will be the only UK date on Twisted Sister’s ‘Forty And Fuck It’ farewell tour. Guitarist Jay Jay French commented: “Our …

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Wolf / Enforcer – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 September 2015

Sometimes you just can’t beat a night of good old-fashioned heavy fucking metal.  No airs.  No graces.  No genres.  Just heavy fucking metal.  And that’s exactly what we got tonight, as the titanic (sic) triple Swedish attack of Wolf, Enforcer and Dynamite rolled into Belfast on this early Autumn afternoon. …

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Making Monsters / By Conquest Or Consent / Death Of A Salesman / Dream Awake – Belfast, Bar Sub – 9 October 2015

It’s a chilly Friday night, so where would you rather be than in a darkened basement?  And, that’s exactly where Team PM finds themselves, together with the rest of the assembled Belfast press corps:  making our long overdue first foray into the refurbished Bar Sub, the smallest of the three …

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The Crawling – ‘In Light Of Dark Days’ EP

Despite having only emerged from Norn Iron’s dankest extreme metal sewers within the past 12 months, The Crawling are by no means newcomers to the scene over here, with the triumvirate collectively counting nigh on four decades of experience between them.  Guitarist Andy Clarke, for example, was the cornerstone of …

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Ahab – ‘The Boats Of The Glen Carrig’

Throughout their decade long career, German doomsters Ahab have consistently displayed a fascination with both all things nautical and literary:  previous albums have been based on works such as Herman Melville’s epic ‘Moby Dick (with the band, of course, taking their name from the novel’s psychotic lead human character) and Edgar …

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Bauda – ‘Sporelights’

Bauda first came to life in 2006, ostensibly as a solo project by Chilean guitarist and vocalist César Márquez.  It wasn’t until 2012 that it became a fully formed band.  The following year, Márquez and his fellow musicians – drummer Nikolas Recabarren, bassist Juan Díaz and keyboard player Edgardo González …

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Enforcer – Interview with Olof Wikstrand – October 2015

Swedish metallians Enforcer are invading the UK and Ireland once again, on a six date co-headline tour with countrymen Wolf.  They also are releasing their first ever live DVD/CD package, ‘Live By Fire’, next month. PlanetMosh tracked down frontman Olof Wikstrand to chat about both the tour and the DVD. …

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Jex Thoth – Belfast, The Pavilion – 7 October 2015

It’s just gone seven o’clock on a cold and damp October eve- the second night in a run of six gigs in five nights for your PM Belfast team, and we have been joined by a healthy turnout of our fellow metallians for the debut appearance here of Wisconsin psyche-doom goddess …

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Ufomammut – Belfast, Voodoo – 6 October 2015

There are not infrequent debates on various social media channels (not least on my own Facebook page last week) about whose responsibility it is to actually promote a gig and attract fans to it.  It is an argument which I have absolutely no intention to rehearse once again on here …

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Kinasis – ‘Divine Self Invention’

Sometimes a band comes across your path by seemingly the most inconceivable route.  In the case of Kinasis, that path traversed its journey from Somerset to Belfast via Dublin – and more especially one Gareth Jeffs, guitarist with extreme death groovesters Xerosun who, one day out of the blue, contacted your humble …

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Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 26 September 2015

There are rock stars.  And then there are rock stars.  There are those with an anally-retentive sense of their own self-generated importance, who are content to ride around in limos and play hundreds of miles from their nearest fans in fields as big as their egos.  And then there are those …

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Beholder – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 24 September 2015

Northern Ireland is currently gripped in the greatest financial scandal in its chequered history.  It is a scandal which already has practically crippled the economy south of the border, and brought down at least one government there.  It has politicians running for cover, and has resulted in the current well-publicized …

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The Black Dahlia Murder – ‘Abysmal’

Michigan melocore monsters The Black Dahlia Murder are one of those bands who, over the past decade or so, have slowly crept up on fans and critics alike, spending their time building a critical mass of both acclaim and success which has resulted in them also becoming regarded as one …

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W.A.S.P – ‘Golgotha’

It has been six (very) long years, since Blackie Lawless and his mean muthafuckin’ metal-making machine by the name of W.A.S.P have warmed our collective ears with a new album.  Of course, there are particularly good reasons for this uncharacteristically long delay, such as the rather small matter of not …

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Battlecross – Interview with Hiran Deraniyagala

Michigan mosh starters Battlecross last month released their latest album, ‘Rise To Power’, to great fan and critical acclaim, not least from ourselves here at PlanetMosh. We tracked down guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala to Poughkeepsie in New York, during their stop off on band’s current North American tour with GWAR and Butcher …

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Ricky Warwick to release two solo albums

Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick is to release two solo albums early in 2016. ‘When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)’ and the acoustic album ‘Hearts on Trees’ were originally recorded and released via PledgeMusic at the end of 2014.  Now, they will be repackaged and …

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Slayer – ‘Repentless’

Any new album by the likes of Slayer is going to carry with it an understandable weight of expectation.  With ‘Repentless’, it is inevitably going to be even more so.  Not only is it the band’s first album in six long years but it is also the first since the …

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Devil City Angels – ‘Devil City Angels’

Supergroups.  One of the most despised words in music journalism.  But, they are a phenomenon which come together for multiple reasons.  Some of them come down to financial considerations – a bunch of down on their luck musos pooling their combined, and often dubious talents, in order to pull together …

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Stormzone – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 5 September 2015

Following a pair of warm-up festival shows in Spain – well, they certainly were “warm” – Stormzone returned to the colder climes of their native Belfast for this, the official launch of their most recent album, ‘Seven Sins‘.  They were also returning to a familiar venue, but one which has changed …

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