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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Hellfest 2012 Review

Walking into the main arena after a hectic 18 hour journey over was a huge relief on it’s own but the sheer impact of the arena set up was far more than anticipated. The beer and merch stalls had interesting and ornate architecture with metal, rusted designs that really made …

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Death Angel, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 27/6/12

It’s been 25 years since the release of The Ultra-Violence by Death Angel so I was looking forward to tonight’s gig where the guys were playing their first album in its entirety as well as few other tracks. First band on was Thrashist Regime, who was starting to whip the …

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Falling Red – Manchester Club Academy 23/06/12 Live Review

Since December 2011; sleaze rockers Falling Red have visited the city of Manchester three times, and with each visit absolutely blown the roof off every venue they have played. This time hitting up the Manchester Club Academy, Falling Red is back with their new and improved line-up, supported by local …

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PEARL JAM – MEN ARENA – 20/06/2012

Seattle rockers Pearl Jam played two nights at the MEN Arena, Manchester, UK ahead of headlining the Isle of White festival alongside Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. Although known for being key in the movement of Grunge in the early 1990s, Pearl Jam are undoubtably established as an iconic rock band …

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Dave Evans and Swanee River, Review, The Towler Bury, 22.06.12.

On the outskirts of Manchester City Center, came a night of flowing beer, whiskey and sweat, as Dave Evans the original singer of AC/DC  steps up to do the first night of his UK tour. A little music pub was buzzing with excitement as there was over a hundred people gathered to …

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Sebastian Bach and Stormzone G2, Glasgow 13th June 2012

A beautiful Wednesday night in June was the setting for ex-Skid Row frontman and legend of rock and metal, Sebastian Bach, as he took to the stage in Glasgow at G2 with Northern Irish lads Stormzone in support. It was the second of only three stops around the british isles …

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The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2012

Over 400 people boarded the HMS Hammer for the 10th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards show boat trip down the Thames, from Tower Bridge to the 02. Consisting of Media, Bands, Guests and Metal Hammer competition winners, the pre party show kicked of in fine style, with a storming …

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Ten/Serpentine/White Widdow Tour, Railway Venue, Bolton, 28th May 2012

In a refreshing change to £60+ arena shows, the current Ten/serpentine/white widow tour, dubbed a ‘mini firefest’ by many gave punters no excuse not to follow this tour, 3 great bands for £12.50, bargain of the week right there I think. After rave reviews the tour hit the Railway venue …

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I am I, Primitai & Achilla – Birmingham Academy 2, 27th May 2012

Tonights show was to be the first ever gig by I am I, the new band founded by former Dragonforce singer, ZP Theart.  Support was Primitai and Achilla. When Achilla came on stage, there weren’t many people in the audience unfortuantely – I suspect the glorious sunshine meant that a …

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Stuka Squadron – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow – 23rd May 2012

Glasgow saw a mini invasion of Germanic Teutonic vampires as Stuka Squadron made their first attack on enemy soil here to kick off their mini tour of destruction around the UK and, while it was a disappointing crowd for them to play to (thanks in part to the almost unheard …

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Meshuggah/Animals as Leaders/We are Knuckle Dragger – Live Review

When you see the names Meshuggah and Animals as Leaders you know you’re in for an evening of intense, mind-blowing music. Tonight’s show took place at the Concorde 2 in Brighton and with a 600 capacity the show was sold out and filled with people in which I can only …

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Dead Label! – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast – Thursday 17 May 2012

Tonight’s headliners became the envy of every metal band in Ireland – and beyond – when they managed to secure the opening slot at Machine Head’s forthcoming only two headline dates outside Download. To get themselves fighting fit for the challenge of the brace of shows in Belfast and Dublin, …

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3 Inches Of Blood + Goatwhore + Angelus Apatrida + Havok – The Limelight, Belfast – Thursday 10 May 2012

Just under two weeks before this metal monster of a quadruple bill rolled into Belfast, the demolition crews moved into the neighbouring Spring and Airbrake (separated only from the Limelight by the width of the rawk ‘n’ roll watering hole that is Katy Daly’s) to gut the place out in …

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North Wales Metal night, Railway Institute, Bangor. 05/05/12

Metal and Rock returned to the Railway for another night of high volume and high energy mischief, with a triple bill of quite varied bands. First up are Polly, a Nirvana tribute/covers band who kick things off very nicely with a 45 minute set of grunge which is well received. …

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Blaze Bayley, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 8/5/12

I was looking forward to tonight’s gig at Ivory Blacks as I’ve not seen Mair play in ages and I was definitely looking forward to hearing some of the new tracks played live from Blaze’s latest album ‘The King Of  Metal’ that was released in March this year. When I …

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Rock For Funds Review, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 6/5/12

Sunday afternoon on the May bank holiday seen me heading through to Ivory Blacks in Glasgow for the second day of Rock For Funds. Tonight’s bill was called the ‘Rock Extravaganza’ a mixture of cover/tribute bands along with local bands and headliners Kyrbgrinder who hail from London I had been …

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Primordial, Hell, Winterfylleth Review, Manchester Moho Live 04.05.12

Primordial haven’t been to Manchester for nearly 18 years, their fans were queuing up round the block of Moho Live. Great news for first support Winterfylleth, as the audience gave them a warm welcome to the stage, coming in with ‘Mam Tor (The Shivering Mountain)’. Winterfylleth have a heavy focus …

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