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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

Iced Earth & Fury UK -London 4-11-11

The lineup tonight was originally supposed to include White Wizzard as the main support, but tonight they were missing.  Apparently there was a small notice near the entrance advising of this but like many people I didnt see it, and there was nothing mentioned about there absence. They managed to …

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Rival Sons-Manchester Academy 3. 6th.November.2011

Well what can I say? If you haven’t brought a ticket for Rival Sons first ever UK headline tour then you have missed out. Rival Sons appeared on stage at 9:15 and from the roars of the crowds you knew their presence had been acknowledge. The remarkable thing I noticed …

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Manowar,Leeds Carling Academy,4/11/2011

“The sound of metal so loud it cracks the beams”.A line taken from Manowar’s song Gloves Of Metal and judging by volume levels reached at Leeds Carling Academy last Friday night,i would not be surprised if this were true.Their new p.a system certainly delivered but it had a few glitches …

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Tracer – the Underworld – 03.11.11

Right where do I start? Yeah good place the beginning…. Tracer hail from Adelaide and they are a three piece rock outfit made up of Leigh Brown – Bass and Vocals, Michael Brown – Guitars and Vocals, Andre Wise – Drums and bring a sound something like a lethal cocktail of …

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Volbeat & Black Spiders – Kentish Town Forum – 29-10-11

Firstly I have to thank my good friend Jorrin from Holland as without him I may have not heard of Volbeat until much later on my life so Jorrin thanks very much mate! The first time I heard Volbeat I knew I’d be a fan for life and between us …

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Evile, The Cathouse, Glasgow 21/10/11

Evile returns to conquer Glasgow whilst on tour to promote their latest album ‘Five Serpent’s Teeth’.  The Cathouse was only about half full however the support bands local lads Circle Of Tyrant and London based Savage Messiah had whipped the crowd up into a frenzy for Evile taking the stage. …

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Electric Boys, Jettblack, Dynazty, Miss Behaviour, Sencelled & Tainted Nation – 12/10/11

Tonights bill was a packed lineup – Sencelled, Dynazty, Tainted nation, Miss Behaviour, Jettblack, and Electric Boys – six bands.  All apart from Jettblack had been touring together, but only London were lucky enough to get Jettblack. Sencelled were first up.  Going on stage five minutes after the doors opened, …

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METAL FEMALE VOICES FEST, BELGIUM, OCT 21/22/23 2011 (FESTIVAL)

The ninth annual gathering of Female Fronted Metal took place again at Oktoberhallen in the pretty Belgian town of Wieze. The festival kicked off on the Friday night with a three band lineup to ease everyone into the packed weekend ahead. First up were Greek power metallers BARE INFINITY (7/10), …

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Annotations of An Autopsy – Wrexham’s Central Station 22/06/2011

Welcome to Central Station presenting Annotations of An Autopsy Opening up tonight’s proceedings are local upstarts Impaled Existence. With sounds similar to Whitechapple, I E set about the task of warming the crowd tonight on this hardcore metal bill. Setting about in the manor that you are accustomed to these …

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Apollyon-Wrexham Central Station,19/10/2011

Supporting Evile at this gig,2nd onstage on a 4 band bill,Apollyon shook the rafters of Central Station with a set of lightspeed technical thrash metal.The 3 piece from Queensferry took no prisoners with frontman/bassist Gareth Owen summoning the ever growing crowd to the front.With only a short set in front …

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Evile-Wrexham Central Station,19/10/2011.

To put it bluntly,on the 10th date of an 18 date tour,Evile lay waste to the rabid Wrexham crowd on Wednesday night.The Central Station is getting a well deserved reputation for booking some killer bands and Evile are a worthy addition to that ever growing list. I’ve seen the so …

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The Hawklords, The Ferry, Glasgow 15/10/11

The Hawklords returned to Glasgow after a very successful tour around Europe with Glasgow only being there third date on their UK leg of the tour. The Ferry is packed with Hawk fans both old and new ready to enjoy the show both visually and musically. The Hawklords line up …

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Soil and Puddle Of Mudd, The Garage, Glasgow 18/10/11

When Triple G Music announced the co-headline concert with Soil and Puddle Of Mudd at The Garage, there was huge interest and it was nearly sold out a few weeks prior to the gig. The Garage when I arrived just after Dear Superstar & Verses had finished their set was …

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Out of the Dark, Sunday 9 October – Islington Academy, London

Out of the Dark, Sunday 9 October – Islington Academy, London.  Review by Rowena Lamb, photos and some additional reviewing by Ant May. As the days get shorter, the appropriately named Out of the Dark festival arrived in London bringing with it five great bands – Tristania, Van Canto, Serenity, …

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FURY UK Final Manchester Show at Moho Live 8th October 2011.

From the reputation that already is of Fury UK, I knew I was in for a metal phenomenon. Creating an eerie atmosphere of excitement and wonder with a piano intro for their presence to be brought on stage. The crowds were roaring with cheers as they came on one by …

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Pythia, Triaxis and Vine Messiah at the Face Bar, Reading – 6/10/2011

The night kicked off with Vine Messiah who played to a half empty room as people were still arriving.  Unfortunately their brand of heavy metal totally failed to find an appreciative crowd tonight – the audience were more interested in chatting at the bar than paying any attention to the …

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Mayhem Underground, Pivo Pivo, Glasgow 6/10/11

Mayhem Underground is a new weekly metal night set in the centre of Glasgow. Every Thursday they’ll hold a metal night in Pivo Pivo, where 3 of Glasgow’s upcoming metal bands take to the stage. This is followed by a metal DJ with chances to win prizes and each ticket …

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Y&T,Manchester Academy 3,Oct 2nd 2011

“One Meniketti,theres only one Meniketti”.This chant rang around the room a few times during the show as it did when Y&T played here exactly a year ago.The Academy 3 was full then and also last Sunday.They are still touring on the back of the excellent Facemelter album but surely a …

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Stampede,Manchester Academy 3,Oct.2nd 2011

At the end of Stampede’s set i posted on my facebook wall “Stampede stampeded Manchester” and they certainly did with a fantastic 6 song set opening for Y&T on selected UK dates.Rewind to the beginning of the evening and Stampede opened the show in fine style with Shadows Of The …

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Onslaught – The Garage – 23/09/11

Back in the early eighties is when the now infamous Onslaught were brought in to existence by guitarist Nige Rockett, bassist Paul Hill & vocalist Jase Pope however it wasn’t until 2007 now joined by Sy Keeler on vocals when the band delivered us the album “Killing Peace” (which was …

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