Event Reviews

The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Black Iris/Rampage Venue Preston 10th Feb 2012

Black Iris are a melodic-metal four piece band from Guildford, UK. Well known for their intense live performance they perform destructively-beautiful music laced with rhythmic breakdowns. Black Iris are exponentially increasing both their song writing skills and fan base. Inspired by the likes of Killswitch Engage and 36 CrazyFists, Black …

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Biohazard, King Tut’s, Glasgow 1/2/12

Biohazard playing the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow is a perfect way to kick start a chilly February. On the bill were Dripback, Lionheart and Heights; however I only managed to see Dripback, hear the first song by Lionheart and last 2 songs by the Heights due to interviews, along …

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Voodoo Dogg – Ma Nelsons, Belfast – 14/01/2012

It can be a gamble to promote gigs post-Christmas, when everyone’s strapped for cash and awaiting that first pay packet of the year. However the promoter of this gig (Chris Shaw) did his homework and put together such a strong line-up for this early (6pm-9pm) show that he pretty much …

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Thin Lizzy at The Barrowland, Glasgow 19/1/12

Are You Ready?  I can honestly say that we are more ready for tonight’s sold out show comprising of Thin Lizzy, Clutch and Triggerfinger, all ready to take the Barra’s by storm. It’s great to see more bands’ coming back to play in the legendary venue, The Barrowland Ballroom (Barra’s) …

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Chickenfoot/Manchester Academy 12th January 2012

Well what can I say, I’ve never seen the Academy as full nor as rocking in a long time, Chickenfoot played the Manchester Academy 1to a full house, and what a blinder it was too. Mr cool himself, Joe Satriani opened the show by just standing under one spotlight, chugging …

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Saxon with support from Hammerfall – KoKo – 20/12/11

  What better way to kick off Christmas than with a gig in fact tonight was my final gig of 2011 and it also just so happens to be two of my favourite bands Gothenburg, Sweden’s awesome power metalers Hammerfall and Yorkshire, England’s legendary Saxon. I am unfortunately ( I …

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Saxon and Hammerfall, Sheffield 02 Academy 19/12/11

The O2 Academy was buzzing with people. I was really looking forward to this show as it was my first time seeing Saxon live! After patiently waiting, Hammerfall finally arrive on stage, with a presence that was just objectifying. Joacim Cans shouts to the audience as he introduces the band …

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Uriah Heep & Snakecharmer – Shepherds Bush Empire, London – 8th December 2011

First up tonight was a new band – Snakecharmer.  Although the band is new, the members aren’t – they’re all well known experienced musicians.  Original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray have teamed up with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris …

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Betraeus review, Satan’s Hollow Manchester, 17/12/11

  I first saw this band on the 4th of November this year at Academy 3, for their debut EP launch party ‘Towards the Sun’. That was one hell of a night, so I was very much looking forward to seeing them again at Satan’s Hollow. A disappointing start to …

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Blaze Bayley – SinCity – Swansea 16/12/11

Blaze Bayley – SinCity –Swansea16/12/11   The night kicked off with Black Tamanous, a 4 piece metal band fromSwansea. They list their influences as Lamb Of God, Carcuss, Pantera and EyeHateGod. Unfortunately there were only about 20 people in the room including the bar staff during their set.   7/10 …

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Napalm Death, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 11/12/11

On a very windy Sunday night I headed through to Glasgow to interview Barney and review the Napalm Death gig at Ivory Blacks. Last time I seen Napalm Death was at Hammerfest 2 back in 2010 when they tore up the main stage so I was looking forward to tonight’s …

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MERRY METAL CHRISTMAS (THE KINGS FEAST), MANSFIELD, 17/12/11.

First things first , thankyou Mick Staley  of MGTV for inviting Planetmosh. Despite a couple of last minute changes to the line up, and worst of all, the eleventh hour cancellation of the Hog Roast which resulted in my having to console myself with packets of Mr Porky’s scratchings, I …

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Arch Enemy, Chthonic & Warbringer – Shepherds Bush Empire, 6th December 2011

The night opened with some Taiwanese black metal courtesy of Chthonic.  Chthonic supported Arch Enemy last year when they played London, so they’ve got plety of fans in the crowd tonight.  Tonight the band arent wearing their face paint, and I have to say, Bassist Doris looks better without the …

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Agincourt, Hard Rock Hell festival, Prestatyn, 3/12/2011

Midlands based band Agincourt had their work cut out on the nwobhm stage,having to follow 2 awesome sets from Stampede and Bronz but they rose to the challenge by giving us 8 tracks from their excellent debut album ‘Angels Of Mons‘. Even a few technical difficulties arising from Paul Anderson’s …

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Stampede, Hard Rock Hell festival, Prestatyn, 3/12/2011

Well,here we are again,Hard Rock Hell V,the annual  festival that goes from strength to strength and part of the weekend’s festivities was a stage devoted to nwobhm on Saturday afternoon from 12pm-17.30pm.The proceedings were opened in style by a 40min classic hard rock set from Stampede who have just finished …

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Hard Rock Hell V – Village of the Damned – Saturday (Festival)

The Seagulls of doom wake us with their food dance for the final day of this three day rock marathon. Our day starts meeting up and interviewing the recently reformed nwobhm heros Bronz, the Dark Priest Michael McKeegan and Neil Jones from the Irish band Therapy? (Click HERE) and young …

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Hard Rock Hell V – Village of the Damned – Friday (Festival)

Recovering from Thursday nights party we catch a bit of the hugely popular acoustic sets which were very well received by the hoards of recovering rockers and metalheads before meeting up to interview the guys from Airrace, Bonafide, The Treatment and the Gentlemen of Distorted Sounds. Opening up main stage …

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Hard Rock Hell V – Village of the Damned – Thursday (Festival)

Welcome to the fifth instalment of the UK’s fastest growing rock festival. Thousands of people travelled from across the UK and Europe to stalag Prestatyn in order to watch some of the finest examples of rock and metal the world has seen. Last years ice age endurance test was quickly …

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Reckless Love Review, Academy 3, Manchester 28th November 2011.

  Reviewed by Lara Kisel and pictures courtesy of John McGibbon Photography. I have always said I was born in the wrong era. I should of the lived the eighties and by Jesus! I lived the eighties tonight.  Reckless Love had a great turnout, however it wasn’t crowded but the …

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Wednesday 13 and Michael Monroe, The Garage, Glasgow 27/11/11

I was looking forward to tonight a Triple G gig at The Garage, in Glasgow. Three great bands on the bill and the queue outside The Garage was large when I arrived around 6pm to interview Michael Monroe, so it was looking like it was going to be a packed …

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