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Joanne Shaw Taylor – The Stables, Milton Keynes – 19th October 2015

Tonight’s show was completely sold out, and if you’ve seen Joanne Shaw Taylor perform then you’ll know why.  Unlike most shows I attend in London where it gets a lot busier in time for the headline act, audiences at the Stables are very good at turning up early to watch …

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Hanzel Und Gretyl – Audio, Glasgow, 14/10/2015

Together with autumn chills and colours the concert season knocks on your door.  October, November and December seem to be the busiest months gig wise.  So if you are in Glasgow, then after seeing the dark and mysterious Sisters of Mercy (or the charming Devin Townsend) on Monday, you are …

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Michael Monroe/Hardcore Superstar – Club Academy, Manchester, 12th October 2015

A veritable Smörgåsbord came to Manchester Club Academy last Monday. With Michael Monroe from Finland and his band, which brings together celebrated musicians who have played with such greats as Hanoi Rocks, New York Dolls, Dogs D’Amour and Danzig, to name but a few. I was anticipating some top notch …

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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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Bullet For My Valentine – Victoria Hall, Stoke – 06/10/2015

Victoria Hall in Stoke is steeped in tradition. Built in 1888 for the Queen’s Jubilee, I’m sure it could tell many a fascinating story. Tonight is another chapter in the venue’s wonderful story as the Bullet For My Valentine Venom tour rolls into town on a dank October evening with …

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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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Rosco’s Riot / Window Seats / Erosion / Not Today – Newtownards, Ivy Bar – 9 October 2015

It’s not often that a night out turns into a chance to review the bands you are going out to see, but with a plethora of gigs happening in nearby Belfast, PlanetMosh just didn’t have enough hands at the pump to cover an evening of rock and rollery in my …

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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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Biters – Rock City, Nottingham, 26th September 2015

Probably the most famous band I know from Atlanta, Georgia is The Black Crowes. There’s a new band on the block also hailing from Atlanta, these guys are Biters, they’re not brand new, as they formed in 2009, but I only got to hear about them when their debut album …

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Evile, The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – 25/09/2015

After two years of waiting UK thrashers Evile are back in Dublin to tour their new album “Skull” and lead a night of thrash in the Irish capital. The crowd was pumped throughout the night so let’s get to this. Opening support came from Scimitar. The lads from up north …

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Enslaved / Grand Magus, The Button Factory, Dublin – 26/09/2015

Going from Evile to Enslaved was a bit of a genre clash for me last weekend. However, the gig itself was a strange one. This wasn’t just an Enslaved gig but was a joint headline show with Grand Magus. This felt like two totally different shows off the bat and …

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Powerwolf – Islington academy, London – 9th September 2015

Tonight’s show had an early start – usually on a weekday that means the first band plays to an almost empty room, but tonight there was a large queue outside well before the doors opened. First up were Xandria, the German symphonic metal band now fronted by Dutch singer Dianne …

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WASP – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – 21st September 2015

The night kicked off with The Treatment.  Having last seen the band at their secret show in Milton Keynes which featured their new lineup although the new members hadn’t been announced at that stage.  I’d been impressed then so was looking forward to seeing how singer Mitchell Emms and Tao …

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Paradise Lost – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 28 September 2015

School night gigs in Belfast can be awkward buggers to predict, especially in terms of their attendance levels.  However, Paradise Lost, paying their first visit to the city in six years, manage to pull a reasonably healthy number of punters – if not quite enough to ease the promoter’s financial …

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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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Ugly Kid Joe – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – 18/09/2015

Supporting the main event tonight at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham iss an acoustic set from Richards/ Crane, a project between the Ugly Kid Joe front man and Lee Richards, formerly the guitarist for Godsmack. Up next Aussie rockers Hail Mary step things up a gear, unfortunately I got to …

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W.A.S.P. – Rock City, Nottingham – 19/09/2015

Brandishing a new line up of lead vocalist Mitch Emms and Tao Grey, The Treatment energetically open up the stage nicely. The newcomers have settled in well with Tao complimenting Tagore on guitar and Mitch calling upon his extensive performance skills to entertain the crowd. Fist pumping, mic stand swirling …

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