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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 →

Psycroptic, Aversions Crown, Within Destruction, Hadal Maw, Hollow World Manchester – Rebellion Bar 6/2/19

When I saw this five band bill I couldn’t believe the brutality yet variation as four of the bands are from Australia (and came on the back of seeing the Aussie duo Parkway Drive and Thy Art Is Murder the… Continue Reading →

Myrkur & Jo Quail – Manchester Gorilla 22/12/18

My final gig of the year couldn’t have been better, an intimate night of sumptuous musicality in the company of two of the finest proponents of soulful, ambient and passionately intense performances even though headliner Myrkur did a black metal… Continue Reading →

Sólstafir, Telepathy & Talons – Manchester Deaf Institute 19/12/18

As usual, the run up to Christmas is packed with gigs and on this particular evening, most of the crowd I usually go with chose to go for an aural battering courtesy of Revocation, Archspire et al at Manchester’s Rebellion,… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Leeched – You Took The Sun When You Left (Prosthetic Records)

For me, hardcore is one of those styles that whilst crude on the surface is not uniform and has a lot to offer. It would be too posh to call it a genre. Anger and energy stand at the centre…. Continue Reading →

Epica, Myrkur, Oceans Of Slumber – Manchester Ritz, 12/4/18

I enter the Ritz to a half empty floor and hoped that the crowd would swell in order to show Epica the support they rightly deserve. Oceans Of Slumber opened up the night and had a sleek and limited set… Continue Reading →

Obituary, Exmortus, Ingested – Manchester Club Academy 8/3/18

The arctic blizzard and snow-scape has cleared just in time for these Floridian Death Metal legends and friends to roll into town, and deliver up one bone crunching, soul crushing, slab of guttural metal, that is exhibited with such clinical… Continue Reading →

Arch Enemy, Wintersun, Tribulation – Manchester Ritz 13/2/18

As I turned the corner on the approach to the Ritz, I was expecting to be greeted with a queue of monstrous proportions, given the talent on show in tonight’s billing, instead, the queue was average to say the least,… Continue Reading →

Cattle Decapitation, Broken Hope, Hideous Divinity, Gloryhole Guillotine – Manchester, Rebellion 4/9/17

Whichever way you look at it this line up was without doubt one of the most brutal of the year as a reasonable sized queue had gathered outside the venue ready to have their auditory systems annihilated by three Stateside… Continue Reading →

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