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Exodus, Sodom, Death Angel - London Electric Ballroom 6/12/18

Exodus, Sodom, Death Angel – London Electric Ballroom 6/12/18

I’m kinda annoyed that I missed Suicidal Angels, as I was looking forward to getting to see them. Granted I only have ‘Bloodbath’, so their set would have been mostly unfamiliar material, but from the roar of approval they got when Zetro was thanking the.. Read More
Furia, Au Dessus & Solleme – London Nambucca 6/12/18

Furia, Au Dessus & Solleme – London Nambucca 6/12/18

Plenty of gigs on in town yet again tonight, heavyweight thrash titans Exodus with Sodom and Death Angel having a Headbangers Ball as well as memories being invoked by Clawfinger. It’s off down the Holloway Road for us black clad legions for a couple of.. Read More
Aborted & Cryptopsy - Manchester Rebellion 1/12/18

Aborted & Cryptopsy – Manchester Rebellion 1/12/18

Due to the gridlocked, stagnant traffic through Manchester City Centre, possibly due to the Manchester City post-match traffic, or even just festive commuters, it took me 95 minutes to travel the last 4 miles to the venue, thus missing Unfathomable Ruination and Ingested. I was.. Read More
Zeal & Ardor + Blanket – London Electric Ballroom 2/12/18

Zeal & Ardor + Blanket – London Electric Ballroom 2/12/18

As we hit December silly season commences and for the next couple of weeks there are multiple shows on practically every night and we aint talking pantomimes. Round the corner Terror and assorted crews are tearing The Underworld a new one and at The Electric.. Read More
Wardruna - Manchester Albert Hall 21/11/18

Wardruna – Manchester Albert Hall 21/11/18

Wardruna originally formed in 2003 and between 2009 and 2016 released the ‘Runaljod’ trilogy to ever increasing critical acclaim, using traditional Nordic instruments and poetic metres to support whispering voices, chants and choral pieces creating rich musical landscapes. It goes without saying that Wardruna concerts.. Read More
The Ocean & Rosetta - Zagreb, Mochvara 17/11/18

The Ocean & Rosetta – Zagreb, Mochvara 17/11/18

Zagreb’s Mochvara had already filled up nicely when Rosetta started their show right at the announced time, or maybe five minutes later. It was bloody cold outside and nobody fancied drinking their beer on the club’s windy terrace. Rosetta certainly did their best to warm.. Read More
Therapy? - Manchester Gorilla 16/11/18

Therapy? – Manchester Gorilla 16/11/18

As I scale the steps leading into Manchester’s Gorilla, I am met with a wall of black clad backs and as I peer over the shoulders of the gathered masses, it’s clear to see that there isn’t an inch to be had between the throng.. Read More
Devilskin & The Fallen State - Manchester, Rebellion Bar 6/11/18

Devilskin & The Fallen State – Manchester, Rebellion Bar 6/11/18

Without doubt November is the most packed month for gigs this autumn with a number of events on my radar as this duo of acts was doing the rounds throughout the UK. Having seen the New Zealanders tear up Sheffield on their last jaunt over.. Read More
Mystifier, Solstice, Craven Idol & Sufferer – London Boston Arms 2/11/18

Mystifier, Solstice, Craven Idol & Sufferer – London Boston Arms 2/11/18

With many tootling off up the M1 to Leeds and Damnation Festival this weekend I had to wonder how busy this show was going to be. Fear not, London has come out and there are already a fair few in the venue for 1st band.. Read More
ProgPower Europe - JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 3

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 3

Sunday 6th October The UK dominated the afternoon with three representatives of the not-always-so-united kingdom appearing in the afternoon. The first of them was Temples on Mars from London. Energy was in the air as Temples on Mars started with some faintly eastern-sounding strong rock,.. Read More
ProgPower Europe - JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 2

Saturday 5th October A highlight at this festival for me is the exposure of bands from the host country. Saturday’s line-up started with one such in Golden Caves. There wasn’t a full house yet but 70 or 80 isn’t a bad number for 1.30 in.. Read More
ProgPower Europe - JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 1

ProgPower Europe – JC Sjiwa Club, Baarlo, Netherlands 5-7/10/18 Part 1

Here we go. The gentle juggernaut that is ProgPower Europe is upon us again. Having missed last year’s episode, I was back for my fix of the great, the good and hopefully the mystifying. The line-up looked interesting and as ever there were bands I’d.. Read More