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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

CarnageFest , The Pint, Dublin, August 25th

For the general public, Saturday August 25th in Dublin was all about gawking at the flagships but for the metal lover, Saturday was all about CARNAGEFEST 2012. So, while the rest of Dublin was down by George’s Dock, admiring the flagships and (let’s be honest) the sailors there was one …

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012

Another year, organised, enjoyed and packed away. For me personally, this year’s line-up wasn’t as good as some of the previous years but it’s obvious that it was pretty darn epic for a lot of people by the fact that this year was officially the busiest BOA on record with …

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Stormzone / WarCrux – Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill

This evening’s gig truly could be described as a night for the ages, with the veteran guardians of the Northern Irish metal scene joining forces with the movement’s young titans to fight off all comers and prove just why this particular corner of the world is a domain to be …

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Thin Lizzy – Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast – 18 August 2012

The setting for this evening’s unofficial ‘homecoming’ – and Thin Lizzy’s first outdoor festival gig in Belfast – is a man made auditorium, close by the River Lagan, with apartment blocks to the front and side of the stage, the density of which looms over the normally imposing edifice of …

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Sepultura – The Limelight, Belfast – August 12 2012

There’s been something of a trend this year, with some of the top metal bands popping over to Belfast to play exclusive one-off headline shows will pounding their way across Europe’s festival circuit. Machine Head and Lamb Of God respectively sandwiched Download into triumphant appearances at Download, and this time …

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THUNDER OF THE GODS (Stormbringer, Run Down.) 18/08/12

Bangor’s Railway Institute opened it’s doors once again to receive North Wales Metal’s latest Rock and Roll train, in what was billed as a triple header but unfortunately now down to two. Openers for the evening were local lads Run Down, who I hadn’t seen live for a while. The …

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Anvil – Bloodstock Open Air Festival, 12/8/2012

                    I wonder if Lips and Robb Reiner, the 2 founding members of Canadian metal legends Anvil were aware that their Bloodstock appearance was just 9 days away from being  30 years since they played at a UK outdoor festival? I …

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Million Dollar Reload – Empire Music Hall, Belfast, August 9 2012

It’s always great to see a local venue rammed to the rafters on a week night – and even more satisfying when it’s in support of some of the best in local talent, and not because it’s some visiting ‘big name’ band. That’s why this particular night starts off on …

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Iced Earth – The Limelight, Belfast – August 8, 2012

Heavy metal is supposed to played loud and proud not wrapped in cotton wool: but, unfortunately, the long awaited first visit to this part of the world by the Floridian power titans (one of three dates as part of their build up to Bloodstock) was plagued by an absolutely atrocious …

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No Mans Legion EP Launch Review 04/08/2012

Tonight’s original line up of Fire in the Empire, No Mans Legion and Deceiver has changed so much in the two weeks leading up to the gig that unfortunately on the night only No Mans Legion [7/10] actually turn up to play their own EP launch. With doors held back …

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Ravenheart music festival, Asylum 2, Birmingham 21-22 July 2012

This weekend was the Ravenheart music festival at the Asylum 2 in Birmingham – a nice little venue a few minutes walk from the city centre.   The event was a real bargain – 12 bands over 2 days at the ridiculously low price of £15 for the weekend.  At …

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SOS Festival 2012 – Day 1 Review

Setting off today’s shindig with a bang; Chorley’s own Fire In the Empire [8/10] hit the stage with full force, bathing the few followers who turned out to seen them in an onslaught of melodic, yet furious thrash metal. With a God like stage presence and songs that could topple …

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Ministry – Mandela Hall, Belfast 17 July 2012

The irony was not lost on many present. It was two days short of being exactly four years since industrial metal titans Ministry had played what frontman Al Jourgensen had insisted would be the band’s “last ever” live show – just 100 miles down the road in the Irish capital …

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