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The major rock and metal festivals and events …reviewed

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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Komatoze at ABC, Glasgow 29/9/11

Komatoze were the only support band for the Y&T concert on Thursday night so it was their job to warm up the crowd that had gathered for rock legends Y&T. It was an early start to the concert so throughout their set the ABC was starting to slowly fill up. …

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‘A Night Of Metal’, Rascals Bangor, 24th September (GIG)

With a city full of ‘new’ students, it’s difficult to gauge how many will turn up for a rock night, but a decent crowd materialised with a good mix of young and younger to listen to this 4 band lineup. First up were local lads RUNDOWN, who put in a …

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Warrior Soul at Ivory Blacks, Glasgow 23/9/11

Having seen Warrior Soul back in March at Ivory Blacks, I was delighted to hear that they were returning to Glasgow so soon with the Rubicon Tour. The set list was to be a mixture of favourites and rarities from all their albums. I only managed to catch the last …

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Slash UK,Brooker’s bar,Chester,24/9/2011

Before the review,a quick word about tribute bands.Love em or hate em you have to admire their dedication.Personally i love em as i appreciate that its done for the love of the music.Most tribute bands have full time jobs so only really get to play their gigs at weekends and …

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Helstar – Purple Turtle – 29th August 2011

HELSTAR With Atomkraft, Deceptor, Hybris @ The Purple Turtle, Camden 29th August 2011 Review & Photos by Jo Blackened – Altercarnated Photography Despite it being a Monday Night on this Bank Holiday weekend, it was no surprise seeing a large queue outside The Purple Turtle tonight, especially as it’s Helstar’s …

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Attica Rage at The Classic Grand, Glasgow 16/9/11

I had been looking forward  to this one-off special show for ages. Attica Rage were performing the full of their latest album ‘Road Dog’ live with guest musicians Dave Arcari, Christie Connor-Vernal & Steve Lightbody, engineered live sound by producer Roddymacaudio. The show was also being filmed for a promo …

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The Treatment, Six hour sundown & No Americana – The Borderline, London – 6th September 2011

[media-credit id=4717 align=”aligncenter” width=”489″][/media-credit]No Americana opened the night’s entertainment.  The venue wasn’t very busy by the time they took to the stage but this young Birmingham band still gave it 100% and put in a good performance that went down well with the audience.   Six Hour Sundown were a …

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Attica Rage, Yardbirds, Grimsby – 11th Sep 2011

This review was done Jason aka Old Metal Moody from Grimsby . I arrived early at the Yardbirds in Grimsby, to find both Attica Rage and Exit State relaxed and looking forward to the night ahead with a beer and a Slipknot video. There was a poor turnout from North …

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Attica Rage at Nambucca – 03/09/11

Attica Rage with support from L Sol Tace, Mekanizm & Kopperhed A warm Saturday evening and it’s off to Holloway for an evening of Metal shenanigans laid on for us by the awesome Monsta Ents and first up were Kopperhed. Hailing from London it was nice to begin the evening …

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Elimination, Triaxis & Bleed to This – The Unicorn, Camden. 20/08/11

      [media-credit name=”Veronica Maiden” align=”alignleft” width=”720″][/media-credit]  Firstly before we talk about the bands a very big shout out and well done to the Unicorn for having the best toilets I have seen in a North London music venue! Although I did get the impression they had just finished …

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Ravenface, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow – 21/8/11 (GIG)

Gigs on a Sunday night towards the end of August after all the main festivals have finished and a few other metal gigs on as well, with local bands and bunch of young lads coming up from Blackpool to play go way past the hard going line and onto the …

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General Surgery – The Liverpool Masque 27/05/2011 (Gig)

        [media-credit id=3032 align=”aligncenter” width=”472″][/media-credit]  Welcome to Whiplash Promotions presenting General Surgery   Opening up tonight’s proceedings Manchester based black metalers Burial. Causing quite a stir among the up and coming black metal scene to the extent that they have had their demo ep critically acclaimed by …

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