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Stick In The Wheel: Gnod Live at Electrowerkz

“Gnod are the most essential band in Britain; it shows in everything they do but, I assure you, watching them live is an impeccable and unpredictable experience”.

Primordial, Fen, Crom Dubh – Camden Underworld

The ability to provoke such a wide array of emotions is where Primordial excel; simultaneously bleak and cathartic, mournful yet uplifting.

Anthrax: Among The Living tour with The Raven Age at Manchester Academy

They do what they do without any gimmicks, give their all onstage and get a great response in return.

Preview : Dunk!Festival 2017

Dunk is back for its thirteenth year with one of its most incredible line-ups yet, with a mix of some of the most famous and respected bands in the industry performing side by side with a collection of the world’s most promising up and coming post-rock bands.

Skindred, Raging Speedhorn and Death Blooms – O2 Academy, Liverpool

Steve Fallows saw Skindred, Raging Speedhorn and Death Blooms at the O2 Academy in Liverpool. “If they could somehow manage to capture this atmosphere on record, they would be one of the biggest bands in the country.”

Helmet and Local H – Manchester Academy 3

Steve Fallows went to the Manchester Academy 3 to see Helmet with tour support Local H. “It wasn’t until maybe six or seven songs into the set that Page addressed the crowd, and then he started educating the crowd with a few facts about the band members hometowns.”

Telepathy, Zaum and Kylver – The Cluny, Newcastle

Bruce Cowie drove from Edinburgh to Newcastle to see Telepathy with support from Zaum and Kylver. “…pummelling post-metal crunch with gentler post-rock interludes, like a mash-up of Pelican and Explosions in the Sky, but better than both”

Me and That Man

We’re here to take a communion of sorts with Nergal and celebrate his album ‘Songs of Love and Death’, a side project with Anglo-Polish bluesman John Porter. Together, they are Me and That Man. At least, I think they are, because the shadowy figures taking the stage through a fog, to the ominous accompaniment of the harmonica theme from ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, might just as easily be the Spaghetti Western Orchestra.

The Wildhearts, The Main Grains & Massive Wagons – O2 Ritz Manchester

The Wildhearts are like a hurricane whenever they do a run of shows, often leaving chaos and confusion in their wake.

Festival Review: Heavy Scotland 2017

Our metal editor Sander van den Driesche went to the first instalment of Heavy Scotland, Scotland’s first proper metal festival. Includes photos by Bruce Cowie.

The Real Merseyside Derby Begins: A Wrong Festival Preview

I’m coming back to Liverpool from the big smoke for one weekend in April and here’s why:

PLINI • Satan’s Hollow, Manchester

Musically, the entire band is ridiculously tight, as they run through just over an hour of instrumental tech metal. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel … It’s just done brilliantly well, and varied enough to never outstay its welcome.

Blackberry Smoke and Biters – Roundhouse, London

Blackberry Smoke prove at their Roundhouse gig debut that they are masters of their craft boasting deep depth and quality.

Russian Circles and Cloakroom – Whelan’s, Dublin

It’s impressive to see how comfortable the band has become playing these songs live and how effortless it seems.

Colour Haze and My Sleeping Karma – The Garage, London

Colour Haze and My Sleeping Karma are a complementary listening experience touring partnership.

ROAR: Benefit Gig For Women’s Refuge. 28/4/17 The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich.

Wondering how to respond to structural (and other) misogyny ROAR, in an attitude of solidarity (with victims of violence), resistance (to oppression) and celebration (of equality), has got together four ferocious, danceable female fronted punk bands plus solo artists to raise money for local Women’s Refuge, Leeway.



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