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Brutality Will Prevail / Gacys Threads / Hornets – Voodoo, Belfast – 6 July 2013

Brutality Will Prevail / Gacys Threads / Hornets – Voodoo, Belfast – 6 July 2013

With Belfast once more teetering on the brink of descending into the chaos that is laughlingly referred to in the mainstream media as the ‘Marching Season’, and less than a week to go to its annual highlight of ‘The Twelfth’, Welsh hardcore mob Brutality Will Prevail could hardly have chosen …

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Vintage Trouble – O2 ABC, Glasgow – 13th June 2013

I had first heard about Vintage Trouble through mutual friends and contacts in other band fan groups I had become involved in. After looking at their material and videos on YouTube and seeing how they perform live I was hooked and really looking forward to the day I could see …

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Slayer – Limelight 2, Belfast – Wednesday June 12th 2013

When Slayer first announced this, the last of three intimate warm up shows on the island of Ireland in preparation for their trip around the European festival circuit – culminating, of course, at Bloodstock – there was at first a certain degree of incredulity.  “Are you fucking serious?” was the …

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Red Six + Astralnaut + Scimitar – Limelight 2, Belfast – May 11th 2013

Launch gigs can be weird affairs… all too often, the band doing the launch, be it an EP or whatever, deliberately pull together a rather lame supporting cast, so as not to expose their own weaknesses.  The alternative, and much more preferable option, is to invite along support acts which …

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Lordi – Limelight 1, Belfast – Saturday May 4, 2013

It may be seven years since Lordi firmly put their particular brand of comic book metal well and truly on the international map with their sensational, tongue-in-cheek win at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, but the fascination with the band nevertheless endures, with the memory of that night in Athens …

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Enter Shikari – Mandela Hall, Belfast – April 30th 2013

A few weeks back, one of PM’s young buck recruits took it upon his fanboy self to pop along to the end of a pier somewhere on the English coast and review his favourite band, metalcore/dubstep crossover wunderkinds Enter Shikari (https://planetmosh.com/enter-shikari-grand-pier-weston-super-mare-10th-april-2013/).  Nowt wrong with that, you might say – and …

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Electric Taurus – Limelight 2, Belfast – Saturday March 30th 2013

It’s the last Saturday in March, and just hours before the clocks are turned forward the start of what is supposed to be British Summer Time – what a feckin’ joke!  Outside, the temperature is barely pushing above zero degrees, and inside… well, I swear it’s even colder, with the …

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Enslaved + Winterfylleth + Ancient Ascendant – Limelight 2, Belfast – Sunday March 17th 2013

While those with a lot less sense were out ‘drowning the shamrock’ and “celebrating” what laughingly passes for the ‘national saint’s day’ in this corner of the world, by getting as hammered as possible as quickly possible and then hammering the living daylights out of each other in an unprecedented …

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Monarch! + Wizards Of Firetop Mountain + War Iron + Scimitar – Voodoo, Belfast – March 14th 2013

Tonight’s bill is a typically eclectic one – ranging from classic thrash through dark sludge to ambient black metal – ensuring a healthy crowd drawn from a wide spectrum of Belfast’s metal community, with the added advantage of it being the beginning of (for many) a long holiday weekend helping …

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Enthroned – Voodoo, Belfast – Wednesday February 27th 2013

Life is full of disappointments, and it must be said that this evening was one of the more disappointing in my life as a rock critic. Derry four piece Mourning Of The Heretic made a decent fist of their opening slot, with their brand of gothic death metal mixed with …

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Grand Magus – Stiff Kitten, Belfast – Saturday February 23rd 2013

I must admit to having been somewhat sceptical about the location for the Belfast leg of Grand Magus’ first UK headlining tour – a nightclub in the city centre more used to hosting spide-crammed ‘dance’ events (or ‘raves’ in old money) than brutally loud heavy metal gigs… OK, I know …

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Parricide – Auntie Annie’s Belfast – Thursday February 21st 2013

Given the size of Northern Ireland’s Polish population – and the assumption that a healthy proportion of them should be heavy metal fans – it is somewhat surprising that, outside of tonight’s headliners and their entourage, every accent in the room is a local one (in some shape or form) …

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Million $ Reload – The Pavilion, Belfast – Saturday February 16th 2013

It had been five months since Norn Iron’s premier rawk ‘n’f’n’ roll crue had played the region’s capital, and their return to not only the city but also the comparatively cramped Pavilion venue shows that the quintet are just as comfortable playing in sweaty bar rooms as they are in …

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7 Days Dead (‘Beyond Within’ EP Launch) – Limelight 2, Belfast – Saturday February 16th 2013

It’s a Saturday afternoon in Belfast, and that means there is only one place any self-respecting metalhead should be… down the ‘Slimer’, necking pints, enjoying the craic and breaking necks at the weekly RocKD!  This weekend’s show is an extra bit special, as it also marks the official launch of …

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Black Magician – Voodoo, Belfast – Friday February 15th 2013

Belfast’s doom heads were out in force for this evening bringing together three of the finest exponents of the art on the local scene, with headliners Black Magician having headed over from England for the start of a brace of gigs on this side of the Irish Sea. Dublin trio …

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Gacys Threads – Limelight 2, Belfast – Wednesday February 13th 2013

When Shine Promotions – best known for their activities on the local dance scene – bought over the historic Limelight complex after its previous owners went into administration, it has to be admitted that many rock fans baulked.  After all, what the fuck did a bunch of dance promoters know …

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Wounds – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast – Friday February 8th 2013

Having just released their debut album – an opus which nearly didn’t see the life of day following guitarist James Coogan’s near death experience, when he feel from a fourth-floor balcony in an horrific accident which left him in a coma for six weeks – Dublin hardocre quartet Wounds returned …

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Gascan Ruckus + Droids + Hologram @ The Speakeasy, QUBSU, Belfast – Thursday January 31st

It’s not too hard to tell when the local university semester is in full flow, as inboxes quickly become filled with invitations from Radar, the inhouse promoters at the local students’ union, encouraging one and all to come along to their weekly free showcase gigs, featuring an eclectic – and …

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