(((O))) Category: Live

LENMANIA

A reluctant icon returns.

Perturbator • ]HYPNO5E[ • Sleep Token

The epitome of what a fun gig can be. . .

Hookworms – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

If tonight was anything to go by, Hookworms are back and ready to ascend to even greater heights than before.

Robert Plant – Colston Hall, Bristol

Let’s remain grateful that he is still, at 69 years of age, recording and touring an admirably challenging catalogue of genre busting material with grace, humour and panache.

Fireball Tour – O2 Academy, Liverpool

I know the whole ska-punk scene is Marmite to a lot of people; but if you are on the side of loving it, then Reel Big Fish are a top live band; and behind the humour, they are a group of really talented musicians, as the brass section solos proved.

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings – Afterglow Live

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings brought their unique brand of post-apocalyptic folk to the Globe and a pub, in Cardiff. . .

Lovebites • FEMM – The Underworld, London

Key to their success is vocalist Asami who not only has a voice that exemplifies the best in over-the-top power vocals, with some showstopper wails placed in, but a natural stage character that had the crowd eating out of her hand.

Jane Weaver – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

2017 has been a good year for Jane Weaver. Modern Kosmology is a cracking album, by general consensus her best yet, and has seen her reaching a wider audience. It’s already popping up in end of year polls, and she rounds out this tour with her biggest ever headline show in Manchester, billed as a ‘MUST SEE live band version of Modern Kosmology’.

Royal Thunder • Fire Red Empress – Boston Music Room, London

Royal Thunder flame the fires of impassioned Alt-rock intensity and loudness at the Boston Music Room, in London. Performances like tonight will only increase the confident voices of approval by those already in the know, and the growing awareness of how special this band are. Don’t delay. . . put Royal Thunder on your “To See” list. Now!

Mogwai with Xander Harris

I’ve seen Mogwai many, many times and it seems like they get more confident every time. The set list was just as far reaching and diverse as their recorded catalog. Hearing old favorites up against newer material and having it all come across so perfectly is a real treat for long time fans of the band.

Mirror – Fall Apart Fest, Dürer Kert, Budapest

In the middle of October, I went to my hometown, Budapest in Hungary. It was a great opportunity to experience some recent local underground metal music. My Hungarian friend had prepped me with some tracks from Mirror, a new metal band on the scene. By …

Airbourne – The Roundhouse, London

Airbourne bound onto stage shortly following Brad Fiedel’s main theme from Terminator II . . . But as soon as the insanely catchy football-chant intro of ‘Ready to Rock’ strikes, and the crowd goes all World Cup on us, it’s clear there will be no time for dystopia or time travel paradoxes this evening, just mindless, upbeat hedonism.

Opeth • Enslaved – O2 Academy, Bristol

The sense of a special event is enhanced with ‘Moon Above, Sun Below’ . . . The Pale Communion track is one of the band’s most complex, and until this week, had never been performed live . . . the drum ‘n’ bass ‘n’ organ break is thrilling, and as the band crash in, one of Opeth’s most transcendent studio moments is electrifyingly recreated.

TST All-Dayer: Friends & Favourites – Green Door Store, Brighton

Tatty Seaside Town, AKA Papa C, AKA Colin Wakefield has been at the heart of the Brighton DIY music scene for well over a decade . . . This, his second all-dayer of the year, has been entitled ‘Friends & Favourites’ and it’s easy to see why. Regulars, familiar faces, and leading lights of the British underground are all in attendance.

Damnation Festival 2017 – Leeds

Bruce Cowie does Damnation 2017, watches Big Business do the business, discovers that Myrkur are more like peanut butter than Marmite, and wonders why pasties cost more in the evening. . . Oh, and did he mention Wren?

Do Make Say Think and Flying Hórses – Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Throughout the set, although there was so much going on both physically and sonically, I felt as though the band created space in their music. Leaving room to add even more layers, if they wanted.

Leprous • Agent Fresco • Alithia • Astrosaur – The Dome, London

As close to a perfect night of live progressive music as you’ll probably find. . .

Abhorrent Decimation – Manchester

Headliners Abhorrent Decimation seem to have gone from strength to strength. . . The new line up, crammed into the small Star & Garter stage power through a brutal set that gives an extra edge to the new material.

Black Moth • The Pearl Harts – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London

Get ready everyone, Black Moth are back! Stocked up with riffs of massive raise-the-horns destruction. . . With the imminent release of their upcoming Anatomical Venus album they showcase an exciting new heavier sound for their ‘Moonbow’ single release at London’s Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen.

Make Them Suffer, Novelists and Cursed Earth – Rebellion, Manchester

Weeping Wastelands’ is a blackened masterpiece that demonstrates the sheer ferocity of Sean Harmanis’ vocals. . . this is a stunning band, very much in top form. . .

Vulture Industries • code • Talanas – The Boston Music Rooms, London

Vulture Industries are a fucking incredible live band, and seeing them live without any expectations is an experience in of itself… Even with this, my third time seeing them live, it’s no less surreal.

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