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Vreid – In the Mountains of Sognametal – Livestream 13/6/20

Once again I find myself sitting down to a livestream, yearning for the return of live music. My experience of these events has been mixed thus far, but Vreid were about to blow all that out of the water. This… Continue Reading →

Einar Selvik – Bergen Performances 20-21/5/20

  The world is a very different place compared to even a few months ago, and we are all shackled by lockdowns, social distancing and ever-increasing death rates, but in this brave new world of very real doom and gloom,… Continue Reading →

Wolcensmen – Though the Ether, Live Stream 12/4/20

Wolcensmen were due to be playing at the Indie Recordings Label Night as a precursor to this year’s Inferno Metal Festival but world events have of course laid those plans to rest. The festival will return next Easter and by… Continue Reading →

Mondo Generator, Alunah, Acid Cannibals – Glasgow Nice ‘N’ Sleazy 12/03/2020

Righto folks, first of all, let me say this was not a planned live review, and as such the normal practise of taking notes, securing set lists and the like were not carried out.  However, in light of the current… Continue Reading →

Testament, Exodus & Death Angel – Manchester Academy 7/3/20

Without question this stellar thrash package, dubbed ‘The Bay Area Strikes Back’, was the best to hit our shores in a very long time. Indeed the legacy of each band is legendary to say the least as this colossal tour… Continue Reading →

Batushka, Malevolent Creation & Konkhra – Manchester Academy 3 5/3/20

Tonight promised to be pulverising, battering and downright brutal as 3 colossal forces were meeting within the cramped confines of the Academy. The pre gig information did however raise some questions, if there are three bands on the bill, why… Continue Reading →

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 →

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