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Live Review: Corrosion of Conformity & Hang The Bastard

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments ()

Corrosion of Conformity: still America’s volume dealers

Academy 2 is rammed tonight. Can’t move, can’t see. Unless, like me you got stage times mixed up and arrived early so got right to the barrier with no f...

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Europe & Black Star Riders at Manchester Academy 1

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM Comments comments ()
Anthony Firmin finds he has a little Irish in him whilst waiting for the Final Countdown

Black Star Riders

The Black Star Riders are riding high at the moment with a new album, ...

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Hammerfest 2015: Incinery & Hecate Enthroned

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 1:40 AM Comments comments ()

Thrash and black metal kick out the festival’s proverbial jams

For seven years now, metalheads from across the UK have been descending upon an out of season holiday camp in North Wales – now in its third ...

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Live Review: Lonely the Brave at The Ruby Lounge

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 9:10 AM Comments comments ()

Lonely The Brave impress Manchester and Manchester impresses them in return

I had previously seen Lonely The Brave at Sound Control along with Zico Chain and Exit State about 18 months ago and even on that shitty little stage in ...

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Live Review: Placebo at Manchester Aollo

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM Comments comments ()

Stefan Olsdal on low-slung bass guitar who cuts a dominating presence on stage


I completely missed Placebo’s start in life back in 1995 as I was living in the USA at the time so it was time to finally catch...

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Live Review: Super Massive Prog Thing

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments ()

Ascent and The River Versus in a double release party bonanza  

Dark Nebula Promotions presented the launch of The River Versus’s brand new single and Ascent’s highly anticipated EP, plus special ...

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Live Review: Bigfoot EP Launch

Posted on March 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments ()

A  love story with two of the most underrated local bands


Greeted at the door by several membe...

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Live Review: Steel Panther, Skindred & The Lounge Kittens, Manchester O2 Apollo

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 9:20 AM Comments comments ()

It'll be hard to find a finer, funnier, filthier gig this year

The Lounge Kittens

If you've never heard a lounge/cabaret version of Metallica's Sad But True ...

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Live Review: Dirty DC at The Ritz

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 7:55 AM Comments comments ()

The first rock night at The Ritz goes down a storm

I'd never heard of Purge before, first up on the bill tonight and the only originals act, with two tribute bands following; but assaulted by the image of...

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Live Review: Glamour Of The Kill @ Sound Control

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments ()

York mob deliver the goods

E of E

These guys were not really my cup of tea, I mean they were OK, but I found very little enjoyment in them. There was nothin...

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