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Download Festival 2017 - Donington Park 11/6/17

Download Festival 2017 – Donington Park 11/6/17

Sunday 11th June 2017 review only. Download is always a marmite festival for me, it either has loads on offer to draw my interest, or it is a weekend, I will happily swerve at a blink of an eye. While this year has intermittent gems.. Read More
Voivod & Necrophagia – London The Underworld 18/6/17

Voivod & Necrophagia – London The Underworld 18/6/17

Doors are delayed as Nuclear who are meant to be on first tonight are MIA, it appears the Chilean thrashers are delayed at border control. So after much drinking time we stumble into the Underworld relieved to get out the baking heat and hug the.. Read More
Gurt, Limb, Temple Of Lies, Oak - London, Black Heart 13/6/17

Gurt, Limb, Temple Of Lies, Oak – London, Black Heart 13/6/17

You’re familiar with those nights when you go to a gig and there’s a confidence that there will be no let downs? Maybe it’s a combination of being absolutely jacked up for the bands or the assured knowledge that you know they will actually deliver... Read More
Nifelheim, Craven Idol & Funeral Throne – London Underworld 26/5/17

Nifelheim, Craven Idol & Funeral Throne – London Underworld 26/5/17

There’s a bit of a back-story to this show. If you were not aware the Bröderna Hårdrock Gustavsson bros from Nifelheim are Iron Maiden fans and that’s putting it mildly. They are what you can only describe as absolutely fanatical on the British HM institution.. Read More
Batushka & Noctem – London, The Dome 22/5/17

Batushka & Noctem – London, The Dome 22/5/17

If you have dreams of upstaging a fast growing phenomenon like Batushka, you’ll need to come up with something good. So probably best to plug your fingers into the nearest demonic power socket, aim yourself roughly in the direction of the stage and grimace your.. Read More
Riverside London Islington Assembly Hall 22/5/17

Riverside London Islington Assembly Hall 22/5/17

Riverside were without support. They don’t need support. They weren’t alone either. Their reputation goes before them, so a good sized crowd of all ages convened downstairs and upstairs at the Islington Assembly Hall, breaking the recent trend of low turnouts for prog bands in.. Read More
Manor Fest - Victoria Hall, Keighley 13/5/17

Manor Fest – Victoria Hall, Keighley 13/5/17

“I’ll tell you now and I’ll tell you briefly, I don’t ever want to go to Keighley”……says the John Cooper Clarke poem ‘Burnley’, referring to the West Yorkshire town which was ranked 40 in the book “Crap Towns: The 50 Worst Places to Live in.. Read More
Wolverine, Oddland and Until Rain - London Garage 27/4/17

Wolverine, Oddland and Until Rain – London Garage 27/4/17

There’s a form I sometimes have to fill in which has three categories: preparation time, travel time and time to deliver the activity. Quite apart from the fact that in my old eyes you deliver coal or milk, not activity, one thing I always appreciate.. Read More
Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 4

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 4

Day Four Saturday 15th April The final day of any festival is always bitter sweet, with a whole day’s festivities still to look forward to, but also knowing that it is almost over. Thankfully day four at Inferno was another strong line up to keep.. Read More
Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 3

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 3

Day Three Friday 14th April Good Friday brought day three of the festival and I couldn’t wait for things to get underway. With things not kicking off until 1730, I had a lie in and then took the opportunity for a bit of a mooch.. Read More
Inferno Festival - Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Inferno Festival – Oslo, Norway 12-15th April 2017 Day 2

Day Two Thursday 13th April Before the festival began on day two, I paid a visit to the excellent Katakomben records store, and emptied my wallet on a variety of hard to find black metal releases, before heading back to the hotel for the metal auction, where.. Read More