Tag Archives: live review

Zombified + Red Six + Cursed Sun + Ceaseless Blight @ Limelight 2, Belfast – Saturday February 2nd

If there is ever something which can be honestly described as an institution on the Belfast metal scene, then it truly is RocKD.  Started up almost a decade and a half ago by James ‘The Nicest Man In Metal’ Loveday as a Saturday afternoon showcase for the best in local …

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Funeral For A Friend @ Limelight 2, Belfast – Wednesday January 23rd 2013

Welsh metalcore heroes Funeral For A Friend have very much returned to their roots with their sixth album, ‘Conduit’, which, as we noted in our recent review – https://planetmosh.com/funeral-for-a-friend-conduit/ – is a lot more grounded in the 1990s hardcore sound that characterized their first couple of releases.  This approach also …

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Asking Alexandria + While She Sleeps + Motionless In White @ Mandela Hall, Belfast – Wednesday January 16th 2013

Gigs like this make me feel decidedly old.  As I stand on the balcony looking out over the basement venue, the floor below me is a seething mass of pre-pubescent bodies, each and every one of them, without exception, younger than my own daughter… behind me, the bar staff are …

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AEON (Swe) – Voodoo, Belfast Sunday 20th January 2013 (Supports The Obscene Machine (NI), Warpath (IRL), Ageless Oblivion (UK), Dyscarnate (UK))

There are fewer things more miserable than a cold, wet January Sunday evening in Belfast city centre. Tonight, in the warm surroundings of Belfast’s Voodoo which is a premier up and coming music venue and provides a traditional style bar downstairs for rabid metal heads to stock up on beer …

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Sinocence + Bakken + By Any Means + 7DaysDead @ Comrades Rock Club, Ballyclare – Friday January 11th 2013

Three words summarized tonight’s gigging experience: commitment, dedication and resilience. On the part of both the bands and their fans. On the face of it, there probably could not have been a worse night to stage the first big metal show of the year – at least, one outside the …

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Condemned + Hexxed + War Iron at Limelight 2, Belfast – Saturday December 22nd

After some 15-plus years very firmly at the top of the local tree, NI death grinders Condemned shocked many fans a little earlier this year when they announced their decision to call it a day. The reason was not the usual ‘internal divisions’ or ‘musical differences’ bullshit that many acts …

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Thin Lizzy + Trucker Diablo @ Limelight 1, Belfast – Wednesday December 12th 2012

It’s a discussion which has been held in bar rooms up and down the land – and, indeed, on these very pages: the merits and demerits of what happens after an iconic band loses one of its pivotal members – and particularly someone in turn as iconic as their frontman. …

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Turbo + Hello Jackie @ Voodoo, Belfast – Thursday December 6th 2012

Things weren’t going too well at the start of this evening’s debut visit to their Irish diaspora of fans by Polish ‘legends’ Turbo. First of all, local support Bäkken – who less than a week earlier had officially launched their worthy ‘Death Of A Hero’ album – pulled out at …

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Steve Vai @ Vicar Street, Dublin – Tuesday December 4th 2012

There are many great guitar players in the world, a few of whom can be described as truly innovative – Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Richie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, David Gilmour and Joe Satriani are among the names that comes instantly to mind in this regard. There are …

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Absolva @ Voodoo, Belfast – Friday November 30th

It confounds me. No, it really annoys me. Actually, it makes me really fucking angry. OK, I know there’s a recession on and all that, but for four damn fine bands – including one who have travelled since the wee small hours to play the gig – to play to …

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Furyon + Stormzone @ The Diamond Rock Club, Ahoghill – Saturday November 24th 2012

Co-headline shows are awkward beasts.  And, personally, I’m not a huge fan of them… I mean, you either have a headline act or you don’t – right?  Running a bill with two headliners has inherent problems – who goes on first, what happens if the opening act are better than …

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Anthrax @ Limelight 1, Belfast – November 10th 2012

Anthrax have been more regular visitors to this little part of the world than the vast majority of their counterparts, with this – their only UK headlining show, during a ‘night off’ from their support run with Motorhead – being their fifth time playing Northern Ireland. And, the sense of …

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Ugly Kid Joe + Duff McKagan’s Loaded + Heaven’s Basement at Limelight 1, Belfast – November 2nd 2012

The song ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’ carries a particular resonance for Northern Ireland rock fans.  While, almost exactly 20 years ago, our counterparts in the rest of the world were propelling Ugly Kid Joe’s cover of the Harry Chapin ballad back into the upper reaches of the charts, the government …

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Brains + Realistic Train + First Blood Part II – Triskel Arts Centre, Cork – Saturday 13 October 2012

The TDC Auditorium, part of the Triskel Arts Centre in city-centre Cork, tonight plays host to a ream of great Irish talent, with a definite lean left in audio and aesthetic sensibilities.  Darkened sans the solitary projector up the back and some odd stage lights, it feels different here than …

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We Are The Ocean – Students’ Union, Queen’s University, Belfast – Saturday September 29th 2012

Sometimes, you just know it is going to be one of those days… Well, we had known for some time that this particular day was going to be one of those… and it was nothing to do with this Essex ‘post-hardcore’ (will somebody please explain what in the name of …

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Rex Shachath – ‘Sepulchral Torment’

As noted in our recent review of their debut hometown gig last month, Rex Shachath, as an entity, may be a new name to many but, individually, the various members are highly experienced and veterans of several stalwarts of the Belfast scene, such as Overoth and Condemned. And, just as …

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Firewind + Leaves’ Eyes @ The Limelight, Belfast – Sunday September 16th 2012

What is the collective noun for a group of guitarists? In this case, may we proffer forth the description ‘an audience’ – as nearly every other person assembled for this Belfast stop-off on Firewind’s ten date UK and Ireland tour appeared to be a six-string slinger from one local metal …

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Swanee River + Ajenda + Voodoo Dogg @ The Limelight, Belfast – Saturday October 8th

This evening’s weekly dose of Saturday metal gave two out of the four local bands attending next month’s Highway To Hell III a chance to run through their paces, albeit in front of a much more partisan crowd than they undoubtedly will face in Glasgow… Opening proceedings for the duo …

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