Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Gargantuan + The Obscene Machine + Stand With Heretics + Cursed Sun @ Voodoo, Belfast – Thursday September 6th 2012

When the census did its rounds last year, I filled in the section marked ‘Religion’ with two very simple words – Heavy Metal. For that’s what metal is… a lifestyle choice, at times a religious experience. And, so it is that, for the second time in a little over 24 …

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Rabid Bitch Of The North + Cutter + Terminus @ The Limelight, Belfast, Saturday September 1st 2012

Despite summer trying, vainly, to make a last ditch attempt to make its disappointing presence felt inside, and the counter-attraction of equally disappointing live football in the adjoining bar, an extremely healthy crowd sequestered itself in the darkened environs of metal’s spiritual Belfast home for this weekly early-evening triple header. …

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7 Days Dead + Red Six + Zombified + WarCrux @ Voodoo, Belfast – September 5th 2012

School night gigs in this part of the world have a reputation for being poorly attended, even when four quality acts come together on a superb value-for-money bill. Having said that, by the end of this evening there is a respectable enough crowd gathered to support the first of two …

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Evershine – Renewal

Pop-metal seems to be the new thing, these days. Softer metal bands that are meant to appeal to a wider audience are becoming ever more common, (The City Divided, Dead By April). Therefore, the fact that Italian metal masters Evershine are grasping this genre with both hands, and grasping it …

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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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