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Steve D

Dublin based editor, photographer and reviewer for PlanetMosh

Heart Of A Coward – Severance

UK heavy metal quintet Heart of a Coward have just released their sophomore album, ‘Severance’, a year after their debut ‘Hope and Hindrance’ crashed into existence. Formed in 2007; after several line-up changes they are now a solid and refined unit lead by ex-Sylosis frontman Jamie Graham. Taking the ferocity …

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Children of Bodom / Napalm Death – Dublin, 10/10/13

There is a chill in the air in our nation’s capital on this grim Thursday evening. The first real signs that the Indian Summer is coming to a close are evident. How fitting that Children Of Bodom, the Warriors of the Northern Ice wastelands have arrived to break the necks …

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Paradise Lost – Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)

Twenty five years of existence as a band is a hell of an achievement in the world of heavy metal. Many bands have come and gone, many have tried to adapt and conquer, many have failed, yet Paradise Lost, a band of many faces has prevailed. 2013 marks the quadranscentennial …

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Omb – SwineSong

Progressive Israeli metallers, Omb have released their self-produced debut, SwineSong. Middle-Eastern acoustic leanings tailored with blackened thrash are the order of the day in this schizophrenic body of work. It’s their pushing of the creative boundaries that proves to be the album’s downfall. Tossing everything into the cauldron does not …

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Arrayan Path – IV:Stigmata

Cyprus’ Arrayan Path’s fourth offering treads the well-worn path of religious symbolism but triumphs where others have been crucified. From the arpeggiated thrash power of “Clepsydra” to the darkened balladry of “Stigmata” via the Maiden-esque “Pharaoh’s Wish”, their strength is with the musicianship on show. Combining blistering solos, memorable choruses …

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Carcass – Surgical Steel

UK melodic death progenitors Carcass, have released their new album “Surgical Steel”. A lot of putrid water has passed under the bridge in the seventeen years since their Swansong and Jeff Walker alongside Bill Steer surprised many with a return to the studio. In the interim, Walker gave us the …

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Benesser – Pub Anchor, Stockholm – 17/07/13

Benesser – Pub Anchor, Stockholm – 17/07/13

It’s thirty minutes shy of midnight on a Wednesday evening in Stockholm’s Pub Anchor and the crowd has only begun to gather as Dala-Järna’s Benesser begin their show. The trio of David Olsson, Henric Hermansson and Rob Olsson are a likeable group of young guys who play a deceptively heavy …

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2013 – Day 3 – Sunday 30/06/13

Two days of metal mayhem had passed. One day remained. As the battle hardened souls set forth from their tents once more into the Arena, the cry was sounded and they answered the call. The UK’s Voodoo Six (8) is a band very much on the rise, and it is …

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My Endless Wishes – Pub Anchor, Stockholm – 18/07/13

My Endless Wishes – Pub Anchor, Stockholm – 18/07/13

Half way along Sveavägen in Stockholm, lies Pub Anchor, the rock heart of Sweden’s capital. It’s a buzzing venue with great beer, food and music. Tonight people are gathering for the Pub Anchor debut of Lindesberg’s, My Endless Wishes. The intro music begins and all five members take their positions …

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2013 – Day 2 – Saturday 29/06/13

Graspop Metal Meeting 2013 – Day 2 – Saturday 29/06/13

On a cold Saturday morning, the sounds of laughter abounded in Metal Town with the rumour that the sun was going to make an appearance on Day 2 of the Graspop Metal Meeting 2013. Saturday June 29th Vanderbuyst (7) were a new band to this reviewer but their fantastic set …

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2013 – Day 1 – Friday 28/06/13

Graspop Metal Meeting 2013 – Day 1 – Friday 28/06/13

Every year at the end of June, flocks of nomadic metal fans descend on the tranquil little town of Dessel in the north east of Belgium for the Graspop Metal Meeting.  Now in its 18th year, GMM offers the best of all genres of music over 3 sonically charged days. …

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Bruce Soord with Jonas Renkse – Wisdom Of Crowds

Last year, Prog Rock champions, Katatonia and The Pineapple Thief gave us two astounding collections with “Dead End Kings” and “All the Wars”. This year their respective frontmen have banged their creative heads together in a quest for the musical equivalent of the Higgs-Boson Particle and “Wisdom of Crowds” is …

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W.A.S.P. and Overkill forced to cancel GMM 2013 appearances

This morning the Graspop Metal Meeting issued the following statement “Much to our regret both W.A.S.P. and Overkill have been forced to cancel their Graspop show for Saturday 29 June. W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has suffered a broken leg in a car crash. As a result, W.A.S.P. have been forced …

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Jorn – Traveller

Norway’s Jorn Lande returns with his new album “Traveller”. For those who are unaware of Jorn, this man releases top quality albums as regularly as Iron Maiden release special edition picture discs. Excluding involvement and appearances with Avantasia, Masterplan and Allen/Lande, “Traveller” is studio album number ten since 2000 and …

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Black Star Riders – All Hell Breaks Loose

Back in 2002, a guest appearance by Scott Gorham on the title track of ex-Almighty main man Ricky Warwick’s debut solo album “Tattoos and Alibis” may have gone unnoticed by many. To those who took note, there was a notable spark, and a creative seed was sown deep in the …

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My Dying Bride – The Manuscript (EP)

My Dying Bride returns with “The Manuscript”. A four track EP of new material spanning 27 minutes, filled from pillar to post with trademark doomage.  Formed in 1990, My Dying Bride were part of the blessed Trinity of English Doom Metal alongside Anathema and Paradise Lost. The evolution of their …

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Kreator – The Academy, Dublin – 26/04/13

On Friday night Kreator tore down the walls of Dublin’s Academy. Here is a gallery of photos from the headliners. %%wppa%% %%cover=584%% %%size=300%%   Photos by Steve at Down The Barrel Photography

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Rob Zombie -Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

Rob Zombie is the most creative and busiest of all modern day rock stars. Numerous movies, publications, animations and clothing lines abound, yet he still has time to get his ass into the studio and create twelve new anarchic anthems. Excluding White Zombie releases, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is album …

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