Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Dragonforce & Pythia – HMV Institute, Birmingham, 18/04/2012

Tonight’s gig was the Dragonforce album launch party and was described as an intimate gig.  They weren’t kidding either – the venue was the Temple room at the HMV Institute, on the top floor of the venue and being a tiny room with a capacity of just 300. Long before …

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Cancer Bats w/support from Smoking Hearts and Bastions – Windmill, Brixton – 21.04.12

      Saturday afternoon (just gone) and I are sat in the fabulous local live music venue in Brixton known as the Windmill, the venue say themselves on finding the place “just as you think you are in the wrong road you will find it” anyway the strange thing …

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Hammerfest Revisited Review

Hammerfest Revisited Review Kyrbgrinder played  the Flying Shuttle in Bury on Saturday 21st April, supported by Spirytus and Inferno, overall it was a very enjoyable night filled with some extreme musical talent from all the bands! Inferno https://www.facebook.com/officialinfernopage   Inferno are an extremely powerful 3 piece band coming from Anglesey, …

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Lost Prophets, Leeds O2 Academy, 21/04/12.

Welsh heroes bring out the big guns for the ‘Weapons’ tour. A sold out Leeds Academy bursting at the seams was certainly the place to be on a Saturday night, and what a way to get things moving than by a massive dose of Dubstep dished out by the mighty …

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Jägermeister Tour, Brixton Academy, London – 13/4/2012

Friday night in the city and another great evening of music awaits, this time in the shape of the Jägermeister Tour at Brixton Academy.  Headlining this event is none other than the incomparable Skindred, along with Therapy?, Black Spiders and The Defiled.  This is the first time I have seen …

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Jägermeister Music Tour, o2 Academy Glasgow – 11/4/12

Tonight’s gig at the o2 Academy was going to be a belter Skindred. Therapy?, Black Spiders and local support from Yashin as part of the Jägermeister Music Tour.  At £5 a ticket plus the usual fee’s it’s the best bargain of 2012! Black Spiders are opening tonight which seems a bit …

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Caliban, I Am Nemesis Review

 CALIBAN continue to be the pioneers of German metalcore and after sharing the stage and touring with bands such as Slayer, Pantera, Machine Head, Morbid Angel and Kreator you can see why. If that’s not enough however, they also have two split albums with label-mates Heaven Shall Burn  and ‘I Am …

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Peepshow, Underworld, Camden, 29/3/12

I am going to begin by apologising for the late posting of this review, I feel that I should say right off that the delay had nothing to do with the gig or the quality of performance from any of the bands that evening.  All of which were fantastic. Right, …

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Omnivium Europe Tour 2012

When it comes to a dream line up, you cannot say much other than: YES! It was one of those events that you instantly knew, everyone who was attending this gig was in for a treat and I was right. Ok so the venue isn’t the greatest and the crowd …

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Exit State Review, Moho Live 09.04.2012

Exit State return to Moho Live Manchester supporting Jettblack and Valient Thorr. They open with ‘Black Veins’ attracting the audience with their habituating groove consuming each and every one. Roy Bright introduces a new song tonight ‘Elastic’ with more than satisfactory guitar elements and a captivating essence. Matt Harris is the …

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Amon Amarth – ABC, Glasgow 13/3/12

Tonight promises to be a belter. In Solitude, Grand Magus and of course Amon Amarth. As a huge fan of Amon Amarth I am really looking forward to seeing them in a smaller venue rather than a festival like Wacken and Bloodstock where I previously saw them. I have never …

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The British Steel Festival Experience 31.03.12

So after travelling a few good hours from Manchester to London, I finally arrive in Camden Town, where the legendary rock venue Underworld is situated. What a vibe this place has, it is covered with all the marks from all the bands that have played there, not one bare patch …

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Review of Skindred at Hammerfest IV, March 2012

After a weekend of interviews I was very happy to be booted out of the press area and told to go and enjoy watching some bands – and where did I go?  Stage 1 to see Skindred of course!  Well ok, first I went to have some beer and then …

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Chimaira/Revoker/Neosis/Dukes of Agares – 25/03/2012 Southampton

Tonight’s blinding show took place at The Joiners, Southampton. I hadn’t been to this venue before and as I stepped inside, the size was a shock. With only a 150 capacity and a sold out show I thought “fuck, this is going to be a tight squeeze.”   Dukes of …

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Lets Play God Review, Hammerfest.

Lets Play God have everything you want in a rock and roll, heavy metal band and more. Rob Grinch is definitely the centre of attention. He has a variety of eccentric poses and gives all he has to interacting and entertaining the spectators. Who love him, he had them all laughing with …

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A Thousand Enemies Review, Hammerfest 4

Since forming last year out of the ashes of 2 bands, A Thousand Enemies have attracted outstanding reviews and praise from fans and press alike! How have they managed this, simply by doing what they love and believe in! To say I’ve been looking forward to seeing the guys play …

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Paradise Lost Review, Hammerfest.

Paradise Lost return to Hammerfest once again. Unfortunately Nick Holmes wasn’t 100% well with a cold that effected his voice, but he still managed to push through. The night is hit off with a song off their latest album ‘The Rise of Denial’ instantly getting the audience motivate for a …

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Ravenface Hammerfest Review.

Ravenface is a name that keeps reoccurring in the metal scene and from what I witnessed tonight I know why. These guys may be young but they are as tight and musically skilled as a metal band that has had years of experience. Hitting off their set with ‘Deprogression’ it instantly catches …

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Amon Amarth Live At Hammerfest, review.

I was privileged ,way back in 2005 whilst trudging around The Assembly Rooms in Derby during Bloodstock to stumble upon the U.K. debut gig of a then pretty much unknown Amon Amarth. Standing in a crowd of less than 100 people I remember being totally blown away by what I …

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Savage Messiah Review, Hammerfest.

Only just recently witnessed this band when supporting Evile on their UK tour. I saw them on the stage at HMV Ritz, making one hell of an impression. So it was a must for me to see them live again in the Hammerfest experience with a longer set. Their new …

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