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Tuska Festival, Helsinki, Finland. Day One 30/6/17 Friday.

It’s the first day of Tuska 20 as Tuska Open Air Metal Festival celebrates twenty years of Pain in Helsinki.  It’s a midday start as the PlanetMosh team sets off to the Suvilahti district in Helsinki’s industrial zone.  Walking into the arena we’re joined by hordes of heavy metal brethren from …

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High Down Interview

Combining a modern pop punk sound, with pop rock and metalcore influences, and an intense and energetic live show, HIGH DOWN are quickly established themselves. The band release their new EP ‘Moving On’ on 1st September. We had a talk with the guys about their beginnings and more…..     …

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Dropkick Murphys – Rock city, Nottingham – 26th June 2017

Dropkick Murphys are known as a fantastic live band, so being the support act for their tour is something that could be a daunting prospect for many bands – it takes a great live band to open for the Dropkick Murphys and to go down well.  Happily tonight’s support is …

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Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Genting arena, Birmingham – 28th June 2017

Last year Ritchie Blackmore returned to playing rock music playing just three dates with Rainbow including one in the UK.  Now he’s back doing a UK tour including tonight’s show at the Genting arena. While he’s touring under the Rainbow name, the shows last year included a lot of Deep …

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Orden Ogan interview – London, May 2017

I spoke to Seeb and Dirk from Orden Ogan recently in London to discuss their new album, Gunmen. You’ve released the single “Gunman” from the new album “Gunmen”.  That’s going to confuse people trying to remember which is the album title and which is the single title. Seeb: Yes it’s …

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CUT – The Star and Garter, Manchester: 25th June 2017

Sunday 25th June saw one of STP Records’ Sunday shows at the Star and Garter in Manchester. FACE UP! Syteria and CUT being the bands on today’s billing. These Sunday shows start at 5.30pm and are over by 9pm to give people chance to get home on a school night! …

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Death The Leveller – Interview – June 2017

PlanetMosh caught up with Irish doom outfit Death The Leveller after their debut release ‘A Call To Men Of Noble Blood’ to find out a little more about them and to see what they have in store for us in 2017 and beyond. For people hearing about Death The Leveller …

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We Are The Catalyst interview

WE ARE THE CATALYST are back with a stunning new video, One More Day, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3EzQTvrh1M . If you are yet to be familiar with the band, check out our intro piece below:   What is the full band line-up, who plays what? Cat Fey – Vocals, Kenny Boufadene – Guitars …

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Evanescence – Hammersmith Apollo, London – 14th June 2017

First up were three-piece band Arcane roots.  They put in an energetic set and go down well with the audience despite being very different musically to Evanescence.  While they weren’t to my taste, their music having a Biffy Clyro sound is likely to see them getting very popular. I’ve been …

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Alter Bridge. Olympia Theatre, Dublin. 20/6/2017

Tuesday night’s show at the Olympia Theatre was the very first show Alter Bridge have ever played in Ireland.  The fact this show sold out and the band announced a return in October proves how long awaited their arrival to these shores has been, and just how popular they’ve become. …

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Jon Schaffer, Iced Earth interview – London – June 2017

I spoke to Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth recently to discuss the new album Incorruptible (Out now on Century Media records). Your new album, Incorruptible will be released in June.  Where did the title come from? It had nothing to do with politics – I’ve been asked that. It just …

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Puppet Kings – interview

The rock ‘n’ roll newcomers Puppet Kings deliver gigantic rock, soaked with adrenaline fuelled riffery and huge choruses. The band reveal their new EP, Very Cool & Groovy, through all platforms on Friday 1st September. Before then, we had a chat:   What is the full band line-up, who plays what? …

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Fozzy – Craufurd arms, Milton Keynes – 13th June 2017

Tonight’s gig at the Craufurd arms was sold out quickly after the show was announced several weeks ago.  Fresh from playing Download, Fozzy was here for a small intimate gig. Support tonight came from Walsall based Stone Broken, who, like Fozzy had played Download festival a few days ago.  They’d …

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Jotnar interview

It’s certainly been a hectic year so far for the melodic death metal band Jotnar. Already with a cracking album release in ‘Connected/Condemned’ , a tour slot with Sonic Syndicate under their belts, and some major festival slots on the horizon, things are certainly looking good. Despite the hectic schedule, …

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Download 2017 – Sunday

Brutai had the job of opening the Dogtooth stage today.  Playing Download for the first time, they showed no sign of nerves and put in an excellent performance to get the day off to a great start.  They are always good live, but they’ve excelled themselves here at Download. It …

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Download 2017 – Saturday

Irish band Dead Label kicked off proceedings on the Dogtooth stage.  I last saw them at Bloodstock two years ago and was impressed by them then, and they’ve improved further in the last two years.  They look to be having a great time on stage and they’ve drawn a good …

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Download 2017 – Friday

After negotiating the queues and thorough security checks and finally making it into the arena, I headed straight over to stage 2, just in time to catch Blackwater Conspiracy.   I reviewed their new album recently and was blown away by how good it was, so I had high expectations for …

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Clutch – The Academy, Dublin. 15/6/2017.

After a days work, a bus that turned up late, an hour on the motorway and a sprint from the Quays I walked into The Academy literally two minutes before the funk of Chuck Brown’s ‘We Need Money’ heralded the arrival of Clutch onto stage.  The sold out crowd was in …

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Dream Awake – Get Grilled

Melodic Metalcore crew DREAM AWAKE have just smashed Download. The Belfast outfit release their new EP ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’, on Friday 18th August, the hotly-tipped quintet have also just premiered their new single ‘Mind’s Eye’ with New Noise Magazine and you can listen to it here – https://youtu.be/6ThG393ee-Y . …

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Guns ‘n’ Roses – What next?

With the hugely successful ‘Not In This Lifetime‘ tour bringing a swathe of rock ‘n’ roll nostalgia across the world, Guns ‘n’ Roses are preparing to take the UK by the scruff of the neck on June 16th and 17th with what promises to be one of the hottest shows …

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