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The Hu, Fire From The Gods – Manchester Ritz 12/02/2020

The Hu have literally stormed out of Mongolia much like the great hordes of centuries ago and conquered rock and metal. Since going viral with “Yuve Yuve Yu” in late 2018 and a string of festival performances and short tours… Continue Reading →

Fleshgod Apocalypse, Bloodshot Dawn, Inhuman Nature – Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms 17/2/20

I think the last time I went to a gig in Milton Keynes was in at the Bowl in June 1998, but must say that other than it being a fair distance to get to, The Craufurd Arms did impress… Continue Reading →

Delain & cyHra Manchester Ritz 7/2/20

Delain have come a long way since my first encounter with them, back in 2009, at the Femme Metal Festival, housed in The Birmingham Asylum, and I saw the band play to approx. 20 devotees, who must have all been… Continue Reading →

Sellsword, Dream Troll & Forlorn Hope – The Fulford Arms, York 01/02/20

Oh it’s a bitter-sweet sold out night at one of the country’s best small venues, the Fulford Arms. It’s the night we bid farewell to Lord Stuart Perry, erstwhile singer extraordinaire and genteel master of ceremonies for York’s mercenary band… Continue Reading →

Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Fit For An Autopsy, Rivers Of Nihil, I Am – Leeds University Stylus 28/1/20

This was my fourth gig of 2020 and I doubt that there’ll be many touring packages that will be as brutal as this five band rampage that laid Leeds academia to waste. Transferring from the cold brisk night to the… Continue Reading →

Warhorns Winterfest – Sheffield Corporation 24/1/20

First gig of the year and again we ask the question “When will the Warhorns crew get an even break?” This time? Original venue flooded and the organisers were told only 18 days beforehand. They found a new venue and…two… Continue Reading →

Enthroned, Schammasch, Caronte, Argesk – Manchester Rebellion 7/1/20

Tonight’s gig fell victim to a catalogue of changes, the move from its original base in Nottingham to the Rebellion in Manchester, and more recently the door times moving to the early shift of 18.00 hours prompt. . This together… Continue Reading →

Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Fen, Caïna – Manchester Rebellion 14/12/19

  This gig had been in my diary for months and I was really looking forward to another opportunity to experience Der Weg Einer Freiheit in the live arena. When the undercard was announced it further added to my anticipation,… Continue Reading →

Taake, Wode & The Infernal Sea – London Underworld 12/12/19

As the country and the weather goes to hell in a handcart it’s a relief to get into The Underworld this evening and take refuge from it all for a few hours. Taake are back and are one of the… Continue Reading →

Dodheimsgard, Bölzer, Blaze Of Perdition, Matterhorn – London Underworld 10/12/19

The Void Dancers MMXIX Tour swings into London on a cold, wet and miserable Tuesday night and I was not sure how well attended it was going to be with so much happening including Taake at this very venue in… Continue Reading →

Leaves Eyes, Sirenia, Forever Still – Manchester Bread Shed 28/11/18

The dreaded curse of the M62 morphed my usual 50 minute transition across the Pennines into a colossal 3 hour trip and subsequently ensured I missed the first 2 bands on the Female Metal Voices touring package. News also started… Continue Reading →

Amon Amarth, Arch Enemy & Hypocrisy – Manchester Apollo 29/11/19

The Vikings had landed, and they had brought some uber guests with them in the guise of Arch Enemy and Hypocrisy. On my arrival, security informed me that the gig was sold out and this was obviously evident by the… Continue Reading →

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