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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 →

Battle Beast, Majesty, Gyze – Manchester Ruby Lounge 23/3/17

I always feel a slight buzz of excitement at the prospect of going to a new venue as the Ruby Lounge in the heart of Manchester became my 181st different venue I’ve been to since I first started attending gigs… Continue Reading →

Interview – Kobra And The Lotus

  Canadian metal outfit Kobra and the Lotus, rolled into Manchester as part of their tour with Delain and Evergrey. Enigmatic front-woman Kobra took time out of her schedule to have a chat with Ave Noctum in her dressing room… Continue Reading →

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