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Stormzone + Maverick – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill, 28 December 2013

Stormzone + Maverick – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill, 28 December 2013

As we have been consistently documenting over the past 12 months, it’s been a helluva year for the Norn Iron rock and metal scene – and especially for the two bands tasked with hosting this end-of-term party (Stormzone released their fourth, and most acclaimed and successful, album to date while …

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Phil Campbell All star band – Garage,London – 19th December 2013

Phil Campbell All star band – Garage,London – 19th December 2013

Tonight’s support was The Wild Lies who got the night off to a good start.  When a support band is faced with a fairly empty venue when they go on stage it must be quite demoralising, and I’ve seen some bands in that situation putting in pretty underwhelming performances whereas …

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Massive Wagons, Grand Central, Manchester – 12/12/2013

Massive Wagons, Grand Central, Manchester – 12/12/2013

Grand Central is a rock/metal pub in Manchester which joins forces with Rocksector records to host live bands every Thursday. When bands are on, the pool tables are pushed to one side and a small stage area is created to the far left hand side of the pub (as you walk in). With …

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Heavens Basement – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – 17th December 2013

Tonight Heavens Basement and The Smoking Hearts were at Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton supporting Black Veil Brides.  With a crowd consisting of 99% teenage girls and given how dedicated BVB fans are to their band I was wondering how the support acts would fare.  The venue was packed out well …

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Combichrist – The Classic Grand, Glasgow – 22/12/2013

There are many things to do just before the holiday season starts. My “to-do” list started with the Combichrist show in The Classic Grand on 22nd December. Although when I got there I realised I wasn’t the only one with the same idea. It was only a few minutes past …

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Airbourne – O2 Academy, Bristol, 10/12/13

They just love the UK, don’t they Airbourne? Two UK festivals in Download and Hard Rock Hell this year and now a full blown tour as well to round things off. They’re also a band that draw in a wide range of ages; from the older rockers in their leather jackets …

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Pat McManus Band – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill – 21 December 2013

The Pat McManus Band – Photo Gallery – Ahoghill – 21/12/2013

It’s that time of year when every website / magazine / pundit-of-various-degrees-of-credibility produces their dreaded “end of year list”:  you know the sort of thing – the ten best albums / gigs / blow jobs /whatever.  And, yes, we at PM are just as guilty as everyone else… Of course, …

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Mental Deficiency – Limelight 2, Belfast – 19 December 2013

Mental Deficiency – Limelight 2, Belfast – 19 December 2013

‘Twas a the week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring… but ’round the corner in the Limelight all manner of mayhem was taking place, as the holiday season turned into a right ol’ Thrashmess… With the ambient, grungy pop of Goodbye Nola entertaining but …

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Gogol Bordello – O2 Academy, Glasgow – 15/12/2013

“It is almost  a tradition, that we finish our European tour in Glasgow” – said Eugene Hütz at the end of the vivid Gogol Bordello show at O2 Academy in Glasgow. The band has been touring all over Mainland Europe with their new album “Pura Vida Conspiracy”  and the tour …

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The Mission / Fields of the Nephilim – O2 Academy Glasgow

A  cold wet Saturday finds me standing outside the O2 Academy in Glasgow for the highly anticipated Fields of the Nephilim / Mission gig. I heard about this gig last year in Birmingham when Wayne Hussey announced it on stage, could it be true my two favourite Goth bands on …

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Xentrix – The Cathouse, Glasgow – 13/12/2013

Friday, a dark December evening at The Cathouse in Glasgow and I’m surrounded by wandering metalheads, who came here to returning legends of the UK thrash scene, Xentrix. I must admit, I haven’t seen them or even the supporting act before live, so it was both fun and educational evening …

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Black Star Riders – Limelight 1, Belfast – 15 December 2013

Slightly more than a year ago, the curtain came down on the long and storied career of the mighty Thin Lizzy, when the band played their penultimate gig on Irish soil as they bade farewell to touring and prepared to launch a new identity through which to progress the Lizzy …

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FM + Toby Jepson – The Box, Crewe – 07/12/2013

FM + Toby Jepson – The Box, Crewe – 07/12/2013

Judging by the amount of people crammed into The Box on this Saturday night, it should be renamed The Sweat Box! It just goes to show the popularity of veteran UK  AOR band FM. Maybe they do not get 4 page spreads in certain magazines anymore  but this is the …

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Black Star Riders – Rock City, Nottingham – 12/12/2013

Black Star Riders – Rock City, Nottingham – 12/12/2013

After interviewing bassist Marco Mendoza for Planetmosh, I made my way round to the venue full of entrepidation of Thursday nights event to come! Joining the gathering and growing crowd we watched the two supporting bands ( Western Sand and The Dead Daisies ) doing an amazing job of warming …

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Astralnaut – Limelight 2, Belfast – 14 December 2013

Astralnaut – Limelight 2, Belfast – 14 December 2013

For any promoter to stage the amount of quality gigs which James Loveday puts on – this was his 45th straight ‘RocKD’ event of the year, not counting the number of visiting acts he has brought our way over the past 13 years – is no mean feat.  It’s not …

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Black Sabbath – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – 12 December 2013

Black Sabbath – Odyssey Arena, Belfast – 12 December 2013

Forty-five years.  Forty-five fucking years.  Not only is that the length of time since Black Sabbath first unleashed their pioneering brand of heavy metal on a deeply unsuspecting world, and changed its musical landscape forever, but it also how long it has taken the genre’s founding fathers to appear on …

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Hard Rock Hell VII: Cirque du Rock Part 3, 30/11/13

Beginning Hard Rock Hell’s final day for 2013 on the Jagermeister Stage are The Jokers (8), who like Wildside Riot take the bull by both horns and give it a right good kicking, songs Radio and the title track from latest album Rock and Roll is Alive impressing the punters who are once again emerging …

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Hard Rock Hell VII: Cirque du Rock Part 2, 29/11/2013

Photos of Black Star Riders at Hard Rock Hell VII

Ow. That’s probably the thoughts of many punters this morning, but this is a festival so one bravely soldiers on and has their hangover on away by whoever’s on first. Luckily for everyone in attendance, that turned out to be Wildside Riot (8), back for a second year running and opening …

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Hard Rock Hell VII: Cirque du Rock Part 1, 28/11/2013

So Hard Rock Hell has come and gone again. The seventh year of the festival, now in its second year at Hafan y Mor Haven Holiday Park in Pwllhelli, Wales was this year under the banner of Cirque du Rock, creating a nightmarish circus freak show that saw ringmasters, clowns and …

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The Damned + Ruts DC – The Tivoli, Buckley, 01/12/2013

The Damned + Ruts DC – The Tivoli, Buckley, 01/12/2013

On arriving at the venue to request my reviewer’s pass i was asked why a webzine like Planetmosh would want to do a write up of The Damned. Maybe it was my long hair  that got the question asked but at the end of the day I love The Damned, …

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