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Kamelot, Evergrey, Visions of Atlantis – Manchester Club Academy 21/3/19

Tonight is a power metal fans dream come true, Kamelot, a massive enterprise in the aforementioned sub-genre, are rolling into Manchester, and tonight is just one of three dates of the UK leg of their current tour, and with a… Continue Reading →

A Pale Horse Named Death, Transport League, Alunah – London Bar Academy 22/3/19

I would have loved to have made the venue last night and can’t be the only person thinking that tonight’s headliners and Pist On would have made the perfect double header. I am sure I saw the latter share a… Continue Reading →

Overkill, Destruction, Flotsam and Jetsam – London Islington Academy 21/3/19

Owing to the venue’s policy to take a donation for an animal shelter for guest access, and only accepting cash in this digital age, I had to queue twice after being instructed to find the nearest ATM and come back… Continue Reading →

Haken, Vola, Bent Knee – London Islington Assembly Hall 16/3/19

The Islington Assembly Hall is a nice venue. Tonight there were plenty of people to enjoy it. Unfortunately the last time I was here was the same tragic night that a terrorist attack took place at the Manchester Arena. There… Continue Reading →

Gatekeeper + Sanhedrin – Arena Wien 13/3/19

Don’t you feel right at home and among your kind in the dodgy atmosphere of an underground club? With the stickers, the graffiti, and the smell of yesterday’s spilled beer? I do. I had never been to the Arena in… Continue Reading →

Runagaderung: The Runic Gathering – The Fulford Arms York 23/02/19

Well rested and well fed, my host Ross and myself went to watch Vikings and Saxons march through York and then batter each other with lumps of metal outside the Castle Museum. Seemed a perfect way to prepare for the… Continue Reading →

Runagaderung: The Runic Gathering – The Fulford Arms York 22/02/19

Following on from the Myrkur show, next day was Runagaderung itself. After going to Valhalla for coffee, wandering around the stalls of sharp implements surrounded by costumed visitors of varying degrees of authenticity and spying Sean Parry plying his tattooing… Continue Reading →

Myrkur, Nytt Land & Sean Parry – York Barbican 21/2/19

Ancient York for the duration of the Jorvik Viking Festival where wandering around the streets with a variety of weapons easily to hand is the norm. I mean seriously, how metal is that? Irresistible isn’t it? So with Northern Extremity… Continue Reading →

Lost Society, Empusa, Thrashsquatch – Sheffield Corporation 17/2/19

Lost Society are trekking around the UK on their own employing local supports as they lay waste to various towns along the way as this Sheffield gig was supported by two Chesterfield acts Thrashsquatch and Empuser, both of whom were… Continue Reading →

Decapitated, Dyscarnate and Baest Manchester Academy 3 12/2/19

An evening of brutal, violent and fierce death metal is on the cards tonight and as I walk into the Academy 3 I am hit by a wall of sound, being generated by the first of tonight’s trio of bands…. Continue Reading →

Behemoth, At The Gates, Wolves In The Throne Room Manchester Ritz 9/2/19

A perfect storm was created when they announced this show had sold out, but then to also open the doors at 17.30 seems a little crazy, there must be a good reason behind it though, and especially considering the gig… Continue Reading →

Obscura, Fallujah, Allegaeon & First Fragment – Manchester, Rebellion Bar 7/2/19

After the brutalising five band tornado that hit the Rebellion Bar the previous night it was the turn of a different touring package to obliterate Manchester, as this four band bill was far more technical oriented than the bludgeoning I… Continue Reading →

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